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Application & Cancelation Policies 

North Carolina Outward Bound School's payment terms and conditions are based on our investment in planning, staffing and delivering our courses.  These expenses are not recoverable, therefore, penalties may apply and are noted below. Please review thoroughly before making any further financial commitment. 

Deposit

North Carolina Outward Bound School requires a $500 deposit submitted with a completed application.  The $500 deposit is applied toward the course tuition and includes a $150 non-refundable processing fee.

Deposits vary for Grieving Teens courses and there is no deposit required to apply for a Veterans course.  Please see course details for more information.

Deposit Refund Policy

The deposit includes a $150 non-refundable processing fee. The remaining $350 is refundable if you cancel your enrollment 90 days or more prior to your course start date.

  • In the event you are not cleared to participate on the course, North Carolina Outward Bound will retain the $150 non-refundable processing fee and refund the remaining $350 (conditional on you having met established due dates and responded with full disclosure while completing our health history questionnaire).  We are not responsible for other expenses, including travel, lodging and gear costs.
  • If your payment is not received by the due date, this may be considered a cancelation and you will risk losing your position on the course and the $500 deposit. To avoid cancelation, contact your Student Services Representative.
  • If you cancel 89 days or less prior to the course start date, we will follow the Cancelation Policy penalties.

The $150 processing fee is refundable under the following conditions:

  • If you have met all due dates and did not receive the amount of scholarship aid needed.
  • You were waitlisted and a position on course did not become available.  
  • North Carolina Outward Bound cancels your course. 

Tuition 

Tuition covers the cost of food, instructors, permits, gear and equipment. Not included in this cost are personal expenses such as clothing, insurance (health and trip/travel), airfare and baggage fees.

Full payment is due 90 days prior to the course start date even if you have yet to submit your completed enrollment packet or have yet to be cleared to participate on the course. 

If your payment is not received by the due date, this may be considered a cancelation and you will risk losing your position on the course and the $500 deposit. To avoid cancelation, contact your Student Services Representative.

Cancelation Policy

If you cancel 89 days or less prior to your course start date, the cancelation penalties listed below will apply. If you have not paid your full tuition by the due date, there are no refunds or percentage refunds of partial payments.

For cancelations between:

  • 89 and 75 days from the course start date, Outward Bound will retain the $500 tuition deposit and will refund the remaining balance.
  • 74 and 60 days from course start, Outward Bound will retain the $500 tuition deposit and will refund 75% of the remaining balance.
  • 59 and 45 days from course start, Outward Bound will retain the $500 tuition deposit and will refund 50% of the remaining balance.
  • Less than 44 days from course start, Outward Bound will retain the total cost of course.

Transfer

If you transfer:

  • 60 days or more prior to course start: 100% of fully paid tuition transfers to a new course.  A $100 transfer fee will apply to subsequent transfers.
  • 59-30 days from course start:  50% of fully paid tuition transfers to a new course and 50% is forfeited.
  • 29 days or less from course start: no transfer as all payments are forfeited.

Waitlist

If you applied to a course and are waitlisted, your paperwork and individual interview need to be completed. If a position on course becomes available, we will offer it to the applicant who completed the paperwork and interview first, not to the applicant who applied first. 

The longer you can wait the better your chances! We have had cancelations as late as one week prior to course start. If a position on course becomes available, you will have 24 hours to respond to our offer. If you elect to cancel from the waitlist, we will refund your $500 tuition deposit. If you fail to respond to our offer, we will refund all but the $150 non-refundable processing fee.

If a position does not become available, we will refund the $500 tuition deposit.

Trip Insurance

Outward Bound will provide additional information about purchasing plans to help protect individuals from penalties associated with certain types of cancelations.  These plans intend to safeguard your Outward Bound investment against unexpected events, illness or injury. Information regarding your options for Trip Insurance is provided in the Financial Commitment Booklet under the heading of Trip Insurance.

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