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General Information & Policies
How Early Should I Register?
EARLY! Our classes are small and many fill quickly, so we recommend you register as soon as possible to get your class of choice - six months in advance is not too early! You can register to be on the waitlist 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.

Registering early also gives our instructors adequate time to prepare class materials, which can be intensive. It also gives you time to acquire supplies you are required to bring to class (a materials list will be mailed after you register). For some classes (mainly intermediate to advanced level), you may have 'homework' to do in advance - such as winding a warp for a weaving class or preparing a short manuscript for writing class critique. You will want time to do this.
Registration & Deposit
Students may only register for one class for each weeklong or weekend session. A deposit per person of $150 for each week or $100 for each weekend ($250 for week + weekend classes) must accompany each registration. 50% of the deposit is nonrefundable (see below). Registrations are non-transferable. Full payment of your balance is due 30 days prior to class or at the time of initial registration. A fee will be charged for returned checks. Classes without a minimum number of registrations may be canceled. (For details, see 'Class Cancellations.')
Student Withdrawal/ Cancellations

Early morning sunshine on the swing at Keith House
Because of registration costs and other services, including faculty contracts, material acquisitions, and housing arrangements, the Folk School is required to charge cancellation fees to students who change their itineraries.

-Once students are accepted into a class, cancellation fees apply,
regardless of the reason for canceling.
-Students who transfer to another class are charged the cancellation
fee, plus the deposit for the class to which they wish to transfer.
-Cancellation or transfer more than 30 days prior to the first day
of class results in a cancellation fee of 50% of the deposit.
-Cancellation or transfer within 30 days of the first day of class
results in a cancellation fee of 100% of the deposit.
-No tuition, deposit, housing or meals refunds will be made after
the start date of a class.
-Registrations are not transferable.
-Due to the current pandemic, refunds will be made 90 days from the date of your refund request.

Local student cancellation/transfer policy:
A $25 fee is charged for any change in registration for local students on standby status. Once confirmed in a class, regular cancellation policy applies.
Tuition rates are listed with each class description on this site. (Browse class descriptions.) Tuition rates can also be found at the bottom of each page of our printed course catalog.

Tuition does not include costs for lodging and meals or class materials fees.
Local Tuition
Full- and part-time residents of Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Swain, and Transylvania counties, and Qualla Boundary in NC; Fannin, Gilmer, Rabun, Towns, and Union counties in GA; and Polk and Monroe counties in TN are eligible for 50% off for any full-tuition class on a space-available, standby basis. Students must present a valid driver's license, voter registration card, or tax bill showing their local address.

K-12 Teachers: Currently employed K-12 teachers with a valid teacher identification card can also qualify for 50% off for or any full-tuition class on a space-available, standby basis.

Locals may choose to pay full tuition for a confirmed space.
Housing & Meals
Costs for housing and meals are not included in tuition costs.

Housing costs vary depending on the type of accommodation chosen. Click here to see photos and rates for our housing.

On-campus housing is provided in a variety of buildings. Housing options include: dormitory-style rooms with several twin beds and a bath in the room; rooms with twin beds and a bath accessible from the hallway; and rooms with twin beds and a bath in the room. A few double beds are available.

All Folk School housing (and studios) are air-conditioned, except for the Blacksmith Shop (the meeting room in the Shop has A/C.)

Room assignments are made at the discretion of the Registrar. If you have special needs, please make them clear when pre-registering.

One set of linens (sheets, pillowcase, blanket, towel and washcloth) is provided per person.

Most housing facilities are handicapped accessible. Individuals with mobility restrictions should contact the Registrar to discuss housing and access to studios and other facilities.

The Folk School's campground is open year-round and offers 12 RV/camper sites (max. 34 feet) and 6 tent sites. Water and septic hookups are available and a bath house with toilets and showers is located onsite.

The cost of all meals is combined with lodging costs for students staying on campus (except for the campground).

Three delicious meals are served each day in our Dining Hall:

Breakfast: 8:15am
Lunch: 12:15pm
Dinner: 6:00pm

A vegetarian meal option is always available. Special menus (low salt, low fat, etc.) are available if arranged for in advance. Please contact the Registar if you have special dietary needs.

Individual meals may be purchased by students staying in the campground or off campus. When you register, please let the Registrar know if you'd like to reserve certain meals.
Materials Fees & Supplies

A bird's eye view of contra dancing
Students in craft classes typically use material in the making of their projects, and in non-craft classes there are often fees for copies and such. Because the amount of materials used will vary by student, material fees are NOT included in the tuition amount. Upon registering for a class, you will receive an estimate of these additional fees on your invoice, along with a list of materials the instructor requests you bring to class. Payment by cash or check for materials purchased from the instructor or the school is required on the last day of class. Material fees can range from $0 to over $300.

Classes with material fees of $100 or more are noted in italics in the class description section of this catalog.

Class Cancellations
The Folk School will conduct classes for which a minimum number of students are registered. If the School must cancel a class, registered students will be given the opportunity to enroll in another class, with no transfer penalty. A full refund will be given to students who do not wish to transfer. If you plan to fly, please confirm that your class has sufficient enrollment to run prior to booking your ticket.

The Folk School is not responsible for nonrefundable airline tickets in any circumstance.
Guest Fees
Guests accompanying students, but not taking a class, are charged normal housing and meals rates, plus a $75 guest fee ($30 for weekend).
Age Requirements
Students must be at least 18 years of age (21 for some cooking classes, as noted in descriptions). No one under 18 may take a class or stay on campus without approval. Exceptions are Little/Middle Folk School and Intergenerational Week, which are designed especially for young people.
The Folk School's terrain is hilly and uneven. All public facilities at the Folk School have handicap-accessible entrances and restrooms. Studios and housing facilities are handicap accessible. If you have mobility restrictions, please contact us to discuss housing and access to studios and other facilities.
The Folk School is an equal-opportunity institution and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religious affiliation, nationality, or ethnic origin. We strive to create an environment in which everyone feels welcome, respected, and free to learn and create. We ask that all who come here do so with tolerance and community-building in mind.
Drugs, Alcohol, and Firearms
Alcohol is not permitted in studios or public areas. The use of illegal drugs is prohibited. Firearms are not permitted on campus.
Smoking is not allowed inside any building at the Folk School. There are no indoor smoking facilities.
Studio Safety
The Folk School is not responsible for injuries sustained as a result of improper or careless use of studio tools or equipment.
Cell Phone Usage
Cell service is sporadic on campus, but if you have a signal, we ask that conversations take place in private. No cell phone use in studios during class, at the Dining Hall, or at other group gatherings.
Personal Property
The Folk School is not responsible for the security of property belonging to students and instructors.
Students and instructors are not permitted to have pets on the Folk School property, unless they are staying in the campground. Service animals are an exception.
Dog Policy for Folk School Campground
With advance permission of the Folk School, students staying ONLY in the campground may bring their well-behaved dog(s). Dogs are not allowed in any buildings on the Folk School campus. All dogs must be on a leash (maximum length 6 feet) at all times. All dog waste must be picked up immediately. Dogs cannot be left unattended in the campground, except inside an air-controlled RV while students are in class. Allowing your dog(s) to bark uncontrollably will not be permitted. We ask you to have documentation of current rabies vaccinations. If at any point your dog(s) becomes aggressive, we reserve the right to ask you to leave the campground without a refund.
Wi-Fi Usage
Wi-Fi is available in most common areas and studios.
Unacceptable Behavior
The Folk School reserves the right to dismiss any student, without refund, for behavior that is disruptive to the community living and learning environment and to refuse future registrations from such student.

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John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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