When thinking about the cost of attending the conference. You may want to consider, these factors:
- Registration. Community members can register at the “Campus/Non Profit” registration at the early-bird rate of $599 for the full conference. You can reduce this by volunteering to $45 (early-bird rates) or by registering for a one day instead of a full conference pass. All the rates are on the registration page.
- Pre- and Post- Conference: Consider whether you want to attend any workshops or field trips on Monday or Thursday. Here are the links for pre-conference workshops, pre-conference field trips, post-conference workshops, and post-conference field trips. These are all additional to the regular full conference registration fee.
- Housing:You can read about all the housing options on our accommodations page. The on-campus housing is a steal at $59 for most nights and $44 on Tuesday. This also comes with breakfast every morning and dinner all nights except Tuesday (when dinner is included in conference registration). The housing is all in single rooms within suites.
- Meals: If you stay on campus, most meals should be covered. For a full detail on which meals you might have to cover on your own, please see our meals page.
- Travel: If you need help identifying potential carpools, please contact Katie Maynard firstname.lastname@example.org. The train is also a great option for southern California folks. Please read more about that on the train page. Parking on campus is free this year if you drive.
Given some variability depending on the options that you choose above, it will cost $599 for most community members to attend (includes only: Registration ($599) plus whatever you might need for transportation.
There are many opportunities for community members to be supported to attend this conference. Please consider seeking support from one or more of the following groups to support your conference attendance:
- Your workplace
- A local rotary or kiwanis club
- Through a crowd funding site: Here is an example crowd funding post you could use. Share this with friends and family and start with small asks. If 25 people give you $24, you will have raised more than enough!
If none of these opportunities work out, please consider volunteering. This will reduce your registration fee by over $550.
CHESC also offers a fee-waiver program for non-students. This is open to off-campus community members. As long as you have made at least one effort to ask for funding from one of the above or another source, you will have very good chances of getting a waiver. This can cover housing on-campus (if you are not local) and registration. It cannot cover transportation or meals (though most meals are already included).