FINANCING YOUR PARTICIPATION FEE
While International Student Conferences (ISC) subsidizes a majority of KASC expenses, delegates are responsible for a participation fee. The real cost of each delegate is $5,000- $6,000 but ISC subsidizes the cost so that delegates pay only $1,995 (priority deadline) and $2,150 (regular deadline). The participation fee covers all expenses from the beginning of the conference to the end of the conference, including domestic flights, housing and board, ground transportation, as well as all Conference-related events (forums, receptions, field trips, etc). Delegates are responsible for their transportation to the first site of the conference, and back home after the conference.
Each year, 60-80% of delegates receive partial or full scholarships from their schools or financial assistance from other sources. Fundraising can seem complicated and intimidating, but past KASCers have been very creative and successful in raising funds. Below are some funding resources.
At your University
Many delegates have been successful in obtaining funding for university departments and organizations.
Korean and American corporations in your university or hometown area are additional sources for funding. Identify businesses in your area that would be interested in investing in you and your experience with KASC. Contact the Community Relations/Public Affairs/Corporate Social Responsibility office of the company and set up a time to meet with a representative. The Chamber of Commerce or other Korea-related local societies in your area may have a list of corporate members whom you may use as contacts. Internationally-minded nonprofits may also offer their own scholarships. Check with the ISC office to coordinate so that corporations do not receive duplicate requests
Feel free to contact the ISC office for further advice and details on fundraising options. You can reach the program manager at 202 289 9088.