Tuition Deposit and Tuition Payment Deadline

As described in greater detail on IFR’s Payment & Finances page, students admitted to an IFR field school must pay a $500 nonrefundable deposit to be officially accepted and to hold a space in the field school until the tuition payment deadline. The tuition payment deadline can be found in the top right of each field school’s web page under “Course Details”. Admitted students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Accepted students who pay a deposit are responsible to pay program tuition in full by the tuition payment deadline. Students who need assistance finding the tuition payment deadline for their program should contact IFR staff. Accepted students who believe they may not be able to meet the tuition payment deadline should review IFR’s Payment and Finances page for information about IFR’s Financial Aid Agreement, and should reach out to IFR at the earliest opportunity, well in advance of the deadline, to discuss any questions.

Late Fee: If you do not pay your full tuition fee by the tuition payment deadline, you will incur a $100 late fee and your place in the program will no longer be secure. If you are not able to participate in the program for any reason, and you did not request a withdrawal in writing to the IFR before the tuition payment deadline, then our Late Withdrawal policy below will apply.

Returned checks incur a nonrefundable fee of $29 to reimburse IFR for returned check bank charges.

IFR recognizes that there is increased uncertainty around the 2023 season due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As such IFR is taking measures to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission and increase the financial protection of students. Please visit our COVID-19 Practices page to learn more. 

Withdrawal by an Admitted Student

Withdrawal by an admitted student must be in writing before the tuition payment deadline. To initiate a withdrawal, an admitted student should email IFR at or call +1 (424) 209-1173. Withdrawing students are requested to notify IFR at the earliest possible time so that another student wishing to participate in the field school has the opportunity to enroll.

In the event of withdrawal, the $500 nonrefundable deposit fee remains nonrefundable and will not be refunded.

Late Withdrawal: For withdrawals (for any reason) later than the tuition payment deadline, tuition payments received, if any, will not be refunded, and admitted students remain legally responsible for remaining balances, including all unpaid tuition and other fees.

Program Cancellation

In the event that a field school is canceled, all accepted students will be notified as soon as possible and will receive a refund of all tuition paid, including the deposit fee. IFR offers students the opportunity to transfer to another field school, permitting that there are spots available and the program director approves the student to participate in their field school. Upon approval of the program director, IFR staff will make the arrangements to transfer the student’s application and payments.

Trip & Travel Cancellation Insurance

The IFR does not provide trip or travel cancellation insurance. We encourage students to explore such insurance on their own as it may be purchased at affordable prices. AON Student Insurance, or are possible sites where field school participants may explore travel cancellation insurance quotes and policies. If you do purchase such insurance, make sure the policy covers the cost of both airfare and tuition.

Any disputes regarding the above between IFR and an admitted student that cannot be amicably resolved will be governed by California law and heard exclusively in a court of competent jurisdiction within Los Angeles County, California.