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Registration Policies

Before you apply for a course, please read this information about admission, tuition and fees, cancellations, refunds, transfers and other policies.


BOSS, Inc. is a nonprofit educational corporation and is open to all who wish to attend. Our admission process does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation or national origin (some courses do carry age restrictions). We reserve the right to refuse admission to our program if we consider that the physical or emotional health of the applicant may present a risk to the applicant or other participants.


As is the case with most extended trips, the earlier you can make your plans, the easier it will be to arrange. For this reason, we suggest you register for a BOSS course as soon as possible. Registrations hold your space on a course and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Final acceptance in a course is dependent on receipt and review of all forms. To register, use this website (Hit “Apply Now”). You may also call the BOSS office at 800-335-7404.  Deposits are $750 for the 28-Day Field Course and $550 for all other courses except the Slickrock Gathering and Wilderness First Responder, which have a $200 deposit.  The Wilderness First Responder Recertification course has a $100 deposit. The registration deposit is non-refundable after 7 days (see below for last-minute registrations). Deposits received for a course that is already full will be returned or can be applied toward another course.


A registration conformation email and registration packet will be sent to you upon receipt of your deposit, assuming there is space available in the course. You will then have 30 days to return all necessary paperwork and a student photo. Final acceptance is dependent on receipt and review of the paperwork. Should you have a disability we cannot accommodate or a medical condition that precludes you from participation, BOSS will refund your deposit and remove you from the course. Applicants who fail to send in completed paperwork will be placed on a waiting list and may jeopardize their place on the course.

Tuition and Fees

All remaining tuitions must be paid 60 days in advance of the course starting date. Applicants who have not paid in full by this time will be moved to a waiting list and may jeopardize their place in a course. New applicants who are interested in attending a course within 60 days should contact the BOSS office for space availability. Extra fees including equipment purchases, fishing permits, etc. may be paid during orientation. Any academic credit fees should be paid directly to the granting institution before coming on the course.

Tuition discounts and scholarships

We offer several types of discounts and scholarships for eligible students.

Cancellations, Refunds, and Transfers

BOSS incurs most program expenses while preparing for the courses. Our cancellation and refund policies reflect the fact that it is impossible to recover these costs for late cancellations, no-shows, or withdrawals from ongoing courses. It is also almost impossible to fill a space on a course if you cancel at the last minute. Please note that the registration deposit is non-refundable after 7 days. For registrations made 30 days or less from the course start date the deposit is non-refundable after 24 hours. Those who cancel their reservation with BOSS, or who leave a course after it has started, will be charged a cancellation fee in the following amount: Days Before Start Date………………………Cancellation Fee
60 or more . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . Full Deposit per course per person
30-59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . Full Deposit or 25% of tuition per course per person, whichever is greater.
15-29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . Full Deposit or 50% of tuition per course per person, whichever is greater.
14 days or fewer . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . 100% of course tuition
A student who wishes to transfer enrollment from one course to another may do so for a $25 processing fee. This only applies to students who transfer 60 or more days from their original course start date. Students who wish to transfer from one course to another 59 days or fewer before their original course date will have normal cancellation fees apply (see above). Course transfers are only allowed during the current year. Participant will be responsible for all costs associated with late arrival or early departure, including transportation and evacuation costs. Once a course begins, late arrivals will not be allowed. Participants who arrive late and miss the course or who leave a course voluntarily or involuntarily once it has begun, due to medical emergency, dismissal, evacuation, or any other reason, will not be entitled to refunds of any tuition or fees, and will not be transferred to another course.

Standards of Behavior

On BOSS Courses all participants are expected to maintain high standards of honor, morality, and integrity. We require participants to abstain from all use of alcohol and harmful drugs for the duration of the course. BOSS instructors and staff have the sole discretion to remove any participant from a course if perceived to be endangering themselves or another BOSS student or staff member. A participant will be removed if believed to present a safety concern, medical risk, behavior problem, engage in illegal activity, or anything else the staff believes detrimental to the course. BOSS courses also require students to abstain from using tobacco. All prescribed and “over the counter “ drugs taken at the time of your course must be listed on the Health and Physical Exam Form. Failure to do so may jeopardize the health and safety of the participant and/or group and may be grounds for expulsion from a course. All BOSS students are required to have adequate health insurance to cover personal injury and evacuation while on the course. If you do not have health insurance,Travel Guard and some other insurance companies offer temporary health & accident insurance policies. Not providing adequate coverage will cancel your acceptance to the BOSS program and forfeit your tuition. All students, and parents or legal guardians of minor participants (those under 18 years old), must agree to these terms and sign accordingly on their course registration materials.