Cost & Registration

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

Team Registration for FIRST Tech Challenge for the 2020/2021 season is $275 and includes:

  • Official FIRST Tech Challenge team number
  • Ability to register and compete in official FIRST Tech Challenge events
  • Access to the FIRST storefront for discounted control system components and build kits
  • Ability to submit Dean’s List nominations
  • Team member access to the FIRST Scholarship Program
  • Access to resources for team management and career readiness

Team Registration fee does not include shipping and handling, robot control system hardware, robot built kits, registration to FIRST Tech Challenge events, nor guarantees that events are available in your area.  FIRST Program Delivery Partners run FIRST Tech Challenge events which may include physical, remote, or a combination of physical and remote elements.  Partners may charge an additional fee to participate in their events, and those fees are set and collected by the Partner.

Some additional cost considerations include:

  • The FIRST Tech Challenge registration for North American teams is $275 each season. International team registration varies by location.
  • The average season costs per, including: team registration, a robot kit of parts, event registration, travel, and additional costs for rookie teams is approximately $2,500.
  • The robot kit of parts is reusable each season, so veteran teams can expect to pay less.
  • FIRST offers many fundraising tools and teams are encouraged to create their own opportunities. Grants may also be available, as well as sponsorships provided locally, regionally and nationally by many corporations.
  • All costs for individual team members are assumed by the team as a group.


Registration instructions for Rookie Teams

Registration instructions for Veteran Teams

Registration instructions for International Teams

Payment Terms