Registration FAQs

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

How do I register for Costume College?
By purchasing a Membership! Costume College Memberships go on sale in November. Please note that the price of a Membership increased January 7, 2013. Memberships will be sold until June  or until sold out. To purchase a Membership, please fill out the Registration Application form and send with payment to the address listed on the form.
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 mid-May (This form is included in the registration packet). Those purchasing their Costume College Membership after the published date will NOT eligible to sign-up for the limited attendance classes.  Please contact the Registrar with questions.

Are there still Costume College Memberships, Gala tickets and Tea tickets Available?
Memberships, Gala, and Tea tickets are available until June, unless we post a statement indicating that they are sold out.  Memberships for Costume College will be available under guidelines outlined on the Application page (a pdf document). Time Traveler’s Gala tickets and Fantasy Tea tickets are sold separately.  We strongly suggest that you purchase your memberships and tickets as early as possible. Not only do we sell out quickly, but also the date when your membership is purchased may affect whether you can get into some of the limited attendance classes.

Can I attend any of the classes without having a College Membership?
Emphatically NO. Unless you have a membership in Costume College, you may not attend any classes or participate in any tours. You may come to 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 a membership.

Can I buy a Membership for only one day of College?
No. Costume College does not sell one-day memberships. Whether you attend one day or all three, our cost to produce the information we provide to our attending members is the same. Therefore, only full memberships are sold in order to cover our costs.

Can I buy a Membership the day of the College?
No. There are no at-the-door memberships. Because there is so much paperwork and preparation associated with running our conference, we cannot allow for at-the-door memberships. We would not be able to anticipate how many student packets to create, nor would we be able to control overcrowding in classes. This is one way we keep our conference at a membership level that allows our students to get the best possible information under the best possible conditions.

How many people can attend Costume College?
We generally limit our student attendance at Costume College to around 450, due to space in the hotel and the number of classes we are able to offer. This is why we often sell out months before the event and why we recommend early purchase of Costume College memberships.

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 purchase a membership from someone who has purchased a membership that they are unable to use.  (This is a direct purchase from the original buyer of the membership and is not under the control of Costume College. Costume College is not responsible for any part of your purchase of this ticket sale.) Please see the section on Membership Refunds and Transfers for more details.

What does the Costume College fee include?
The fee for Costume College includes a membership to Costume College itself, entrance into all non-ticketed events associated with Costume College including the Ice Cream Social, the Hospitality Suite, Sewing Room and Displays. You will also receive all registration and student publications. Most importantly, you will be able to attend all classes that are unlimited in attendance and to apply for any limited attendance classes and tours. Your registration fee does not guarantee you a place in limited attendance classes or on the tours.

I sent in my check but I haven’t received confirmation of my Membership. Whom should I contact?
Please contact our Registrar who knows all regarding who is coming and who has purchased what.

My Registration application and check were returned to me. What happened?
Most likely, the box that you were asked to check to confirm that you had read the “Fine Print” was left blank. Please read the “Fine Print” and check the box. Then send us your form again. Please contact the Registrar if more information is needed.

I bought my Costume College Membership. What happens next?
Once you purchase your membership, we will send you a Welcome letter and receipt.  If you do not receive confirmation of your membership purchase within four weeks, please contact our Registrar to inquire about your membership 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. The Limited Attendance Class sign-up form must be filled out and returned by the date on the form. There may be other forms in the Packet that you will need to complete and return to us as well. If you submitted a Limited Attendance class sign-up form, you will receive a letter from us in late May or early June informing you of which Limited Attendance classes you will be able to take. You must mail any required fees back to us by the date stated, approximately two weeks.  If someone fails to pay their class fee(s) in the specified time, that class spot is given to someone on the waiting list for that class. If you purchase your membership after April 1st you will receive your Welcome Letter and receipt with your Registration Packet.

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.
To obtain a refund, please notify our Registrar in writing either by email or by US Mail. No refunds will be made if we are not notified in writing or if the postmark date (from the US Postal Service) of notification is after the cutoff. Please allow six weeks processing time for your refund. You may also transfer your Membership to another person. Posting your need on the Costumer’s Guild Yahoo group:  or on the Costume College Facebook page are good ways to let people know you can’t attend and want to sell your ticket.

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 Membership. The deadline to do so is the end of June! To transfer your membership, you will need to send your request to our Registrar in writing either by email or US Mail. Please include in your written notification your name, address, and telephone number as well as the name, address, and telephone number of the person to whom you are transferring the membership. Please remember this is a direct purchase from the original buyer of the membership 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, nor can we directly assist you with finding one.  Memberships cannot be resold for an amount greater than the original purchase price.

My Costume College Membership was transferred to me. What happens next?
Once your transfer has been completed, we will send you a Welcome Letter.  If your transfer was completed before March 31, you will receive a Registration Packet in April. If your transfer was complete after the March date, you will receive your Registration Packet with your Welcome Letter.