Costs and Stipends

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Tuition, Transportation and Lodging

There are no tuition fees for NFA courses. All instruction and course materials are provided at no cost. Most of the transportation costs and lodging for students who represent career or volunteer fire departments, rescue squads, or State/local governments attending on-campus courses are currently provided as part of funding under the student stipend reimbursement program. Students from other countries, other Federal agencies, private industry, or contractors of State/local fire departments or government entities must pay their own transportation and lodging fees. If you are required to pay for your lodging, you may do so by cash, personal check, traveler's check or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover).


All students are responsible for the cost of the cafeteria meals provided. The meal charge will be identified in the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Welcome Package and will include costs for three meals per day beginning with dinner on the day preceding the course start date and extending through lunch on the last day of the course, plus morning and afternoon breaks. Meals may be paid for with cash, traveler's check, purchase order, credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or by advance payment (personal checks will not be accepted.) There are no refunds for meals missed. All participants residing on campus must purchase a meal ticket. Any participant who does not purchase a meal ticket must move off campus for the duration of the course at his/her own personal expense. Participants staying off campus must pay for morning and afternoon breaks.

Incidental Expenses

Students are also responsible for personal, incidental expenses that may include items such as class picture, class shirts, and class donations.

Stipend Reimbursement

Stipend reimbursement is limited to one trip for each student per fiscal year. Therefore, you will not be considered for another course during the same fiscal year without notifying us in advance that you understand that your second trip will be at your expense entirely. You must purchase a 21-day pre-purchased, nonrefundable ticket for round-trip transportation by common carrier (economy coach class or less). Your reimbursement will be limited to the State ceiling as established by NETC if the ticket is purchased outside of these guidelines, regardless of when you are placed in the class, or if your ticket is first-class or business class. If you choose to drive either your vehicle or the organization's vehicle, you will be reimbursed the current Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) Federal mileage allowance, or the State ceiling, whichever is less. POV mileage is subject to validation. Complete details will be provided in your course acceptance materials.

Reimbursement will be made by ACH deposit to an account bearing the student's name, identified by the student. We request that each student provide a copy of a check (NOT a deposit slip). If appropriate bank information is not supplied, reimbursement shall be denied. If you have questions about your eligibility to receive a stipend, please call 301-447-1035.