Refund Policy

If a participant (student, parent/guardian, teacher, etc.) is unable to attend the National Contest due to unforeseen circumstances, please contact the NHD Finance Manager at 301-314-8570 or

Every effort will be made to accommodate the cancellation and refund of your housing, meals, or any extra contest fees.

If a cancellation request is received prior to May 31, NHD will provide a full refund for housing, meals, and extra contest fees, minus an administrative fee of $50. Student and Teacher registration fees are non-refundable.

Partial Refund

After May 31, NHD reserves the right to charge the participant a fee equal to 25% of the charged amount. After June 4, no refund of fees will be provided.

Cancellation/Refund Requests

Please email a request for cancellation/refund to

Cancellations or refund requests must contain the following:

  • first name & last name
  • address
  • telephone number
  • email address
  • List of charges that were paid (registration costs, housing, meals, extras). This list of charges must be identical to the information originally submitted in your registration.
  • Please provide current contact information in case questions arise regarding your cancellation/refund request. Write "National Contest Cancellation/Refund" in the subject line of your email. You may call 301-314-8570 to confirm receipt of email one business day after you send it.