CLUB AND CLASS FEES
Below is the pre-pandemic information. For this fall (and continuing until we can resume normal operations), we will be using a punch card system, that allows us to shut down and re-open as needed and allows anyone who feels sick or has a possible covid exposure to stay home without penalty. Punch cards are not returnable, but they never expire and you pay only for classes you actually attend. Group class punch card (returning/experienced students only, no beginners): $60 for 5 90 minute classes Private lesson punch card (all levels, including beginner): $100 for 5 half hour lessons Shared rental equipment will no longer be offered. We will use to a "lending library" system for newer students, with all continuing students who have fenced for more than a year expected to purchase their own basic equipment. The best way to stay informed as we adjust to the new situation is to make sure you are on the club email list.

All fees cover unlimited participation at both locations the full term, are NONREFUNDABLE (an advance visit to the club is recommended to make sure that this sport and this club are a good fit for you), and are due at the first practice of each 10-week term. Total for Level 1 foil student with equipment rental is $140, as described below.

Classes/lessons-payment options
Equipment

Equipment is available for rent on a first-come first-served basis, depending on size needs, and must be reserved in advance. Equipment use is free for third and subsequent family members joining the club.Full set (mask, jacket, glove, foil) $20 per term

Alternatively, new fencers may purchase their own equipment for approximately $130 per set. Call or e-mail for ordering information.

Club dues

Helps cover operating expenses

Level 1 or 2 students: $10 per term, or $25 prepaid for the entire season (3 terms).

Level 3 students: $20 per term, or $50 prepaid for the entire season (3 terms).

US Fencing Association Membership

All students are required to be USFA members in order for the VFA to be eligible for insurance through the USFA's member club program. Fortunately, the USFA offers a noncompetitive membership for the reasonable price of $10 per year. The fee is included in the $140 total for Level 1 students, and new club members will fill in the appropriate paperwork at their first class of the season. All returning club members, whether competitive fencers or recreational or youth (age 12-) using noncompetitive membership, must renew their membership on line prior to the first practice (including preseason). You may begin the season as a noncompetitive member and upgrade to competitive status at any time. All memberships expire July 31 annually, so those who pay USFA dues in the fall or winter may continue through the season without needing to pay again. Those who start fencing for the first time, or who upgrade to competitive status for the first time, after April 1, have a membership which is good for all of the following season (no need to renew if you fall in this category).

Cancellations/withdrawals

Unanticipated cancellations will be rescheduled. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE, but if you withdraw from a class after attending 5 or fewer sessions, you are entitled to a 50% discount the following term (does not apply to those using punch cards). Once again, we strongly urge prospective club members to visit first. We would rather have you decide that fencing really doesn't appeal to you as much as you had thought, or that the atmosphere of the club doesn't work well for you, than to have you pay to reserve a place in a class and then feel disappointed!

Scholarship Program

We set aside a portion of our annual funds raised to provide partial scholarships for students for whom our fees are a significant obstacle to participation. Please request financial aid when registering for classes.

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