Cost & Registration

We are doing our best, like all of you, to stay up to date on the evolving impact of the pandemic, listening carefully to global, regional, and community-based guidance, while planning for the future. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available, and when the world is ready to reconvene in person, we will be too! No matter what state we’re in for the FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM season, we will focus on finding ways to continue delivering our programs and what we do best. It may not look the same as in the past, but we’re here for all of you to make it happen.

What does it cost to participate? There are costs involved with forming a FIRST Robotics Competition team and they can vary from team to team and region to region depending on what level of participation the team chooses.

Here are some basic cost parameters:

  • There are never any “per student” fees; all costs for individual team members are assumed by the team as a group.
  • The annual fees for team registration, a robot kit of parts, and event participation are $5,000 - $6,000. Additional costs for travel, food, team shirts and other optional items will vary.
  • FIRST offers many fundraising opportunities and teams are encouraged to create their own. Grants are also available, as well as sponsorships provided locally, regionally and nationally by many corporations.
  • FIRST believes that no team that wants to participate should have to bow out due to lack of resources. We will do everything possible to make funds available to all teams who need extra help.