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.


New to FIRST Tech Challenge? Register early for the 2019-2020 season with Jump Start.

FIRST Tech Challenge Jump Start provides first-year teams up to four additional months to practice robot building, programming, and robot driving before 2019-2020 season registration opens in May.

Each Jump Start registration ($275) includes:  

  • One competitive team registration for the 2019-2020 season 
  • Access to the FIRST Tech Challenge discounted (and reusable) kit of parts  
  • Manuals, guided materials, fundraising tools, and a ton of other helpful resources 

Get in on the fun when you register before April 15.

Want to learn more?

Learn more about Jump Start


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Register your team


Here are some basic cost parameters:

  • 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 $2,250.
  • 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