General Information & Policies

How Early Should I Register?
Our classes are small, so we recommend you register as soon as possible to secure your space. You can register to be on the wait list for any class that is full. Cancellations do happen, and you may be able to get into a class at the last minute, so don't hesitate to call to check on availability.

Registration
Full payment is due at the time of initial registration. Registration can be made completely on line or by mail by printing out the on-line class enrollment form and mailing it, accompanied by a check, to the Homer Folk School address listed at the bottom of this page. A $25 fee will be charged for returned checks. Registrations are transferrable to another person or HFS class taken within 6 months and are generally refundable in full, less our cancellation fee, until 2 weeks before the class. Classes with instructors coming from afar, of long duration or with high-cost materials lists may need a deposit and longer lead time for cancellations, which will be specified in the course description. Classes without a minimum number of registrations may be cancelled (See "Course Cancellations" for details).


Student Withdrawal
Because of registration costs and other services, including faculty contracts, material acquisitions, and housing arrangements, Homer Folk School is required to charge our standard management fees to students who change their classes.
Please note:

  • Once students are accepted into a class, management fees apply regardless of the reason for canceling. 

  • No course fees, deposit, lodging, or meals refunds will be made after the start date of a class.

  • Students who cancel their enrollment in a class to transfer to another class will be charged the management fee, plus any additional cost for the class to which they wish to transfer.

Course Costs
Class course rates are listed with each class description on this site.  Course costs do not include costs for lodging.

Materials Fees & Supplies
Students in craft courses typically use materials in the making of their projects, and in non-craft classes there are often additional fees for copies and such. Materials can range from $0 to over $300 which will be defined and included in the course cost amount. Classes with estimated materials fees in excess of $100 are noted in italics in class descriptions. The class description may also include a list of additional supplies the instructor may require you to bring from home. If the instructor offers additional materials to students, payment will be made directly to the instructor. While the Homer Folk School accepts credit cards, many instructors do not, so please be prepared to pay for additional materials fees to instructors with cash or a check.

Course Cancellations
Homer Folk School will conduct courses for which a minimum number of students are registered. If we must cancel a course, registered students will be given the opportunity to enroll in another course with no transfer penalty. A full refund will be given to students who do not wish to transfer.

If you plan on flying to Homer, please confirm that your class has sufficient enrollment to run prior to booking your ticket. The Folk School is not responsible for non-refundable airline tickets in any circumstance.

Age Requirements
For the Adult courses students must be at least 18 years of age. No one under the age of 18 may take a class without the approval of the instructor and a parent or guardian. Exceptions are programs for youth and Inter-generational programs, which are designed especially for youth.

Accessibility
The Folk School's facilities vary in accessibility with outdoor locations often being hilly and uneven.   If you have mobility restrictions, please contact us to discuss access to classes.

Photo and Video Release Policy:  If you agree to the Homer Folk School photo/video release policy, you authorize the Homer Folk School to use, reproduce, and/or publish photographs and/or videos that may pertain to you including your image, likeness, and/or voice without compensation. This material may be used in various publications, public affairs releases, public service announcements, or other related endeavors. This authorization is continuous and may only be withdrawn by your specific rescission of this authorization. The Homer Folk School may publish materials, use your name, photograph, and/or make reference to you in any manner that the Homer Folk School deems appropriate to promote and/or publicize their mission.

Liability Policy: In exchange for participation in the course you have registered for, you are agreeing to the following statements:

  • You agree to observe and obey all rules and warnings given by the instructor, staff, representatives or agents of the Homer Folk School.

  • You recognize that there are certain inherent risks associated with the above course and you assume full responsibility for any personal injury to yourself, and further release and discharge The Homer Folk School and the instructors of this course for any injury, loss, or damage arising out of your use or presence on the facilities used for this course, whether caused by the fault of yourself, The Homer Folk School or third parties.

  • You agree to indemnify and defend The Homer Folk School against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgements, costs or expenses, including attorney fees and other litigation costs, which may in any way arise from your use of or presence upon the facilities provided for the course you have registered for.
  • You agree to pay for all damages to the facilities provided for this course caused by your negligent, reckless, or willful actions.