The fee structure for the 2018 PACE NSC is as follows:
Base fee: $695 per team (note that this is per team, not per school)
Buzzer systems*: –$10 each per school, max 1 per team
Staffers: –$50 each per school, max 2 per school
Hosting a gold-certified tournament: –$10 each per tournament, no limit
Hosting a platinum-certified tournament: –$20 each per tournament, no limit
Early payment discount: –$15 from total fee for full payment by March 1
*In order to claim a buzzer discount, teams must provide a system with at least eight fully working buzzers (defined as having lockout capabilities and functional identifying lights). Buzzer systems will be tested at buzzer check-in and teams who provide non-working systems will be required to refund the discount. Please note that unlike last year, buzzer discounts will be limited to one per team.
Teams may choose to pay the full registration fee as soon as they register, or to pay a $100 down payment at registration. PACE will count the $100 down payment towards the registration fee. If your team is being paid for in full by the team’s school or school district and another group, such as the students and/or coach, fronted the down payment, PACE will reimburse your team $100.
If a registered team withdraws from the tournament:
– The down payment is fully refundable (minus $5 processing fee) until March 13, 2018.
– The down payment is half-refundable (minus $5 processing fee) until March 27, 2018.
– After March 28, 2018, the down payment is non-refundable.
– After May 6, 2018, the full payment is non-refundable.
All registration payments, online or by mailed check, must be received by May 6, 2018. For each day your payment is not received after May 6, a $15 fee will be added to your entry fee. If your payment is not received by May 17, PACE reserves the right to drop your team from the tournament.
NSC entry fees primarily go towards writers and editors of the NSC question set, travel and lodging for NSC staffers, organization operating costs, and maintenance costs for this website and the hsquizbowl.org forums. For more details, please see this post.