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Tuition details

This page is your guide to all things financial at NBTSC.
We’ll begin with a little apology: oh, how we would love to offer you a simple one-size-fits-all pricetag! It sometimes feels awkward and embarrassing that our tuition has so many permutations, and as of 2018 it’s gotten even more complex with new payment options, a new session, and a 2-tier system based on family income. The thing is, just as a flat tax rate is generally considered to be unfair or at least result in hardship for lower income folks, when we oversimplify we risk unfairness for you, or unsustainability for us. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
And now onward with details and more explanations.
All about the new 2-tier tuition scale

Basics 

Families who fall into higher income brackets pay a somewhat higher rate (approximately $100-$150 more depending on session length).  All of the extra revenue we earn this way will go to support more sustainable pay for our longtime session staff, who are so much of what makes NBTSC come alive afresh each time.

Why?

We have long struggled between two competing desires: 1) to keep camp tuition as low as possible, to make NBTSC widely accessible, and 2) to offer longtime session staff a paycheck that better reflects our appreciation and the talent, wisdom, and commitment with which they mentor and inspire campers year after year. (Some who have worked at NBTSC for 10 years or more – who not only bring valuable skills and perspective but also have their own children to support – still pay the bulk of their own travel costs and earn only minimum wage. Actually less, if you don’t count the value of lodging and meals.) We don’t know of a perfect solution to this dilemma, but our best idea is for families who are themselves being well compensated for their work to help us better compensate our staff.
Please understand that this change does not come lightly or in the interest of extravagance. For the most part we are thrilled to continue to run camp frugally: by continuing to choose beautiful but simple sites, serve delicious but simple food, and run a relatively simple program without the need for lots of fancy supplies or equipment. We will continue to pass along the savings on these expenses to all camp families.

Which tier do I choose?  

If your family earns
  • less than $80K per year, you are welcome to choose the lower tier.  (But if you can afford the higher tier, we gratefully appreciate your opting in. This may apply to families who are not large, don’t live in high cost-of-living areas, don’t have unusually difficult medical situations, or who have significant assets apart from annual income.)
  • $80K – $99K: for the most part we would hope that your family could opt into the higher rate. We do understand that large families or unusual circumstances could make this difficult, so we leave the decision up to you.
  • $100K – $124K: unless your family is experiencing significant and unusual hardship that takes an extreme toll on your financial situation, please choose the higher tier.
  • $125K or more per year, you would pay the higher amount.

Thank you for your support! 

How do I determine income?  

The most relevant number is your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) (typically reported on Line 37 if you file a form 1040 with the IRS). If two parents file separately, please combine these amounts. You can use last year’s AGI or estimate this year’s if your finances are stable and predictable. (Of course, this is an honor system. We won’t ask for documentation.)
Additional notes regarding tuition

Vermont ~ diversity scholarships

We’re looking for ways to make NBTSC more welcoming to, and inclusive of, folks of diverse racial backgrounds. Among other things, in 2018 we expect to expand our “diversity scholarship” program in Vermont. (Oregon later – we want to focus our resources one session at a time.) If you are (or know) a potential camper who 1) is a person of color who could help diversify us so that NBTSC Vermont is a richer, more wonderful place for everyone, and 2) might have a hard time paying for camp, don’t hesitate to let us (or them) know!

Convenient new way to pay for camp 

It’s now easy to pay right in our registration portal on CampDoc.

Payment-method discounts 

  • If you are willing to mail us a paper check,  you get a discount of approximately 4%.
  • Or, you can set up a monthly payment plan with CampDoc. If it deducts directly from a bank account, you’ll receive a discount of approximately 2%.  (If it charges a credit card, normal tuition applies.)

Multi-session discount

If you are coming to more than one session, you receive a $100 discount for each session after the first. (If you have a worktrade, however, this may not be true – see worktrade page for details.)

Sibling discount

If your family is sending more than one camper to the same session and if it would be helpful, you are welcome to opt in to our sibling discount. The first sibling pays full price and then any additional siblings receive a $50 discount. If you don’t need this discount, awesome – we’ll put the funds toward two of our important financial goals for 2018: better pay for longtime session staff, and scholarships to help us grow into a more racially inclusive and diverse community.

Technicalities? We assume that siblings would share at least one parent/guardian, and we’d hope that if we had questions or concerns about their registrations, we could resolve them by talking with just one adult.

Worktrades

We offer worktrades at each session, for a limited number of campers who both like to help out and who also need financial help. We are strict about the application deadline, which is March 31. See our  worktrade page for details and the application.

No rebate this year.

Our basic price-tag is $100 lower, but then there is no $100 rebate for getting in fees and forms on time.

$35 fee for late tuition

We get in trouble (and have to pay extra) when our checks bounce. So, we charge $35 if your tuition isn’t in on time. Thank you for your understanding.

$25 for NSF checks

We also have to pay extra (and do extra work) when your checks bounce. So, alas, we must charge $25 each time. Thank you for understanding.