Registration FAQs

How do I attend Costume College?

By submitting a Registration Application and fees. The Registration Application is available on-line. Please check our Registration page for information. Some of the classes offered at Costume College are limited in the number of students of who can attend; therefore a separate sign-up form is required to be returned by May. (This form is included in the registration packet sent out in April). Those registering for Costume College after the published date to submit the limited attendance class sign-up form will NOT eligible to sign-up for the limited attendance classes.  Please contact the Registrar with questions.

When does Costume College Registration open?

Costume College Registration opens in November and closes in June. The deadline to register is published on the Registration page. Space is limited so it is possible that we will sell out before the published deadline to register.

Can I still register for Costume College and/or purchase Gala tickets and Tea tickets?

The deadline to register for Costume College and/or purchase tickets to the Gala and/or is in June. However space is limited so it is possible that we will sell out before the deadline.

Can I attend any of the classes without having to register for Costume College?

Emphatically NO. Unless you have registered for Costume College, you may not attend any classes or participate in any tours. You may attend the Gala or Tea if you have purchased a ticket for those events, and anyone may come into the Costumer’s Marketplace to shop, but you may not attend any other event, class, program, or tour presented at or by Costume College without registering.

Can I register for only one day of Costume College?

If space is available we will offer single day passes.  These passes are sold at Costume College and are not available for purchase before Costume College.  Please check our Registration page in July to see if single day passes will be offered.

Can I register on-site for Costume College?

If space is available we will open registration at Costume College. Please check our Registration page in July to see if on-site registration will be offered.

How old do you have to be to register for Costume College?

Costume College does not have a minimum age requirement.  However, all attendees under the age of 18 must present signed permission from a parent or guardian to attend. The form can be downloaded from the Registration page. If under the age of 16 the attendee must ALSO be accompanied by an ADULT, who must remain on the premises for the entire time the minor is present. Adult attendees MAY ONLY PARTICIPATE IN CLASSES, LECTURES AND OTHER NON-OPEN TO THE PUBLIC COSTUME COLLEGE EVENTS IF THEY HAVE PAID FULL REGISTRATION FEES. Any attendee under 18, who wishes to attend a Tour must be accompanied by an adult (additional fees will apply).

How many people can attend Costume College?

We generally limit our student attendance at Costume College to around 700, due to space in the hotel and the number of classes we are able to offer.

I really want to go Costume College, but it’s sold out. Is there a waiting list?

No. There is no waiting list. However, you may transfer (purchase) a registration from someone who has paid their registration fees but is unable to attend.  (This is a direct purchase from the original buyer of the registration and is not under the control of Costume College. Costume College is not responsible for any part of your purchase of this sale.) Please see the section on Registration Refunds and Transfers for more details.

What does the Costume College registration fee include?

The fee for Costume College includes all classes that are unlimited in attendance and the opportunity to apply for any limited attendance classes and tours. (Limited Attendance classes require a separate sign-up form that must be submitted by the May deadline. Please visit the Programming page for details. ) Your registration fee does not guarantee you a place in limited attendance classes or on the tours. The registration fee also includes entrance into all non-ticketed events associated with Costume College including the Friday Evening Welcome Event, the Hospitality Suite, Panic Sewing Room and Displays. You will also receive all registration and student publications.

I registered on-line but haven’t received confirmation of my registration. Whom should I contact?

Please contact our Registrar who knows all regarding who is coming and who has purchased what.

I registered for Costume College. What happens next?

Once you have filled out and submitted registration form for Costume College you will receive a payment confirmation email from Member Solutions, Inc (MSI) a third party service. Your registration will then go to the Registrar to be processed – this includes verifying discount eligibility. When your registration has been processed you will be emailed a Welcome Letter. If you do not receive a Welcome Letter within two weeks, please contact our Registrar to inquire about your registration status. In April you will receive your Registration Packet, including a Registration Booklet, Limited Attendance Class sign-up form, and lots of other important information. (All students are mailed a registration packet and emailed links to packet on-line. However, if you don’t wish to receive a paper packet you may request a ‘Digital only’ packet when registering for Costume College.) The Limited Attendance Class sign-up form must be submitted either on-line or mailed by the date on the form. There may be other forms in the Packet that you will need to complete either on-line or return to us by mail.  If you submit a Limited Attendance class sign-up form, you will receive a letter from us in late May informing you of which Limited Attendance classes you have been accepted into along with instructions for paying required fees. You must pay any required fees by the date stated in the acceptance letter in order to secure your spot in the class. If someone fails to pay their class fee(s) in the specified time, that class spot is made available during Mid- Registration for Limited Classes.  Please see the Programming page for details on Mid-Registration.

Membership Refunds/Transfers

If you do not find the answer to your question or need more detailed information, please contact the Registrar.

I bought a Membership to Costume College, but now I cannot attend.  Can I get a refund?

Yes. Registration fees are refundable on a percentage bases. Please see the Refund & Transfer page for details on how to request a refund.

I bought a membership, but I want to transfer it to someone else.  Can I do that and if so how?

Yes! You may transfer a Registration. Please see the Refund & Transfer page for details on how to request a refund. Please remember this is a direct purchase from the original buyer of the registration and is NOT under the control of Costume College. Costume College is not responsible for any part of your purchase of this ticket sale. Costume College is not responsible for finding a buyer for you. Registrations cannot be resold for an amount greater than the original purchase price.

My Costume College Registration was transferred to me. What happens next?

Once your transfer has been processed, you will be sent a payment confirmation email from Member Solutions, Inc (MSI) a third party service provider and a Costume College Welcome Letter. If your transfer was completed before March 31st you will receive a Registration Packet in April. If your transfer was complete after the March date, your paper registration packet will be mailed within two business days of processing. An email with links to the on-line packet will be sent shortly after the Welcome Letter is emailed.