Training costs for National Fire Academy courses

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Ensure you have an enjoyable and informative stay at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) by familiarizing yourself with the expenses and reimbursement policies associated with your National Fire Academy (NFA) course.

Tuition

All tuition, instruction and course materials for NFA courses are provided to you at no cost.

Transportation and lodging

You ARE eligible for stipend reimbursement if you represent:

  • An active fire or emergency management organization.
  • A recognized volunteer organization.
  • A state or local government.
  • A tribal nation.

You ARE NOT eligible for stipend reimbursement if you are a State or National Weekend Program attendee or if you represent:

  • Another federal agency.
  • Private industry.
  • A contractor for a state or local fire department.
  • A contractor for a government entity.
  • A non-U.S. organization.

If you are not eligible for the stipend reimbursement, you must pay your own transportation fees. If you represent a non-U.S. organization, you must pay both transportation and lodging fees. You may pay these fees by cash, personal check, traveler’s check or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover). If you are eligible for stipend reimbursement and opt to stay off-campus you will not be reimbursed for your transportation and lodging costs.

Air travel

You will be reimbursed for the cost of a pre-purchased, 21-day, nonrefundable, round-trip ticket (no side trips or extended stays) by common carrier in economy coach class. You will not be reimbursed for a ticket purchased with frequent flyer miles or for related travel expenses, such as upgrades, flight insurance or other check-in fees. If your ticket does not meet these guidelines, you will be reimbursed according to NETC’s state ceiling. You can review the Reimbursement section of the NETC Welcome Package PDF ~ 1 MB for additional information on transportation reimbursement requirements.

Driving

If you drive to attend your course using either your own vehicle or your organization’s vehicle, you will be reimbursed according the current Privately Owned Vehicle federal mileage allowance or the NETC state ceiling, whichever is less. You can review the Reimbursement section of the NETC Welcome Package PDF ~ 1 MB for additional information on transportation reimbursement requirements.

Meals

If you stay on campus for more than one night, you must purchase a meal ticket for cafeteria meals. If you choose not to purchase a meal ticket you will be required to live off-campus and will not be eligible for stipend reimbursement for food or lodging expenses associated with your course. On-campus food service includes three meals per day beginning with dinner on the day before the start date of your course through breakfast on the last day of your course, plus morning and afternoon breaks. You can purchase your meal ticket in advance or when you arrive at the training center. You can find additional details about food service in the NETC Welcome Package PDF ~ 1 MB.

Incidental expenses

Incidental course expenses, such as a class photo and class donation are your responsibility. Personal expenses, such as laundry, dry cleaning, vending machines, campus recreation facilities and off-campus class dinner also are your responsibility.

How you receive stipend reimbursements

You will be reimbursed by direct deposit. You must provide a voided check (NOT a deposit slip) on a bank account bearing your name. You will not be reimbursed if you do not provide the necessary banking information. If you have questions about your eligibility to receive a stipend, please call 301-447-1035.

Annual stipend reimbursement

You are eligible for stipend reimbursement on one trip per year to the NFA. You will not be considered for another NFA course in the same fiscal year unless you notify the NFA in advance that you understand your second trip, including transportation, lodging and meals will be at your own expense.