Registration & Rates

To register for the National Leadership Conference, please visit the FCCLA Portal and go to the Meetings & Events tab

  1. All affiliated students, advisers, and guests (such as chaperones, parents, school administrators, etc.) must register for the 2024 NLC Weekly Registration rate or the 2024 Ultimate Journey Registration Package.
  2. All attendees must register to participate in all conference sessions and activities and must wear their name badges to gain access to any session or activity.
  3. All attendees are required to stay in the FCCLA hotel block, and names on all hotel reservations will be cross-checked with NLC registrations.

Registration Rates

Early Bird

Ends May 3*


Ends May 27


Begins May 28 (12:00 AM ET)

2024 NLC Weekly Registration
Includes all conference sessions, general sessions, STAR Events Finalist Session, a Conference T-shirt, and access to the EXPO Hall




2024 NLC Ultimate Journey Registration Package
Includes Weekly Registration, the Special Event: FCCLA Night at the Ballgame, the NLC After Party and a Conference T-shirt. The package rate includes a $5 discount.



Not Available

Staying Outside of the FCCLA Hotel Block Fee
Per registered attendee




*For states with conferences on or after April 25, 2024, the early bird registration rate deadline has been extended to May 15, 2024.


Competitive Event Rates

Please review all dates, requirements, and policies as outlined in the Competitive Events Guide. Only STAR Events participants approved by the FCCLA State Association may register for National STAR Events. Refunds are not honored for Competitive Events.

Early Bird

Ends May 3*


Ends May 27


Begins May 28 (12:00 AM ET)

STAR Event Registration (Non Refundable)
Per person


$55 + $100 per individual/team

$55 + $200 per individual/team

Online STAR Events Level II Registration (Non Refundable)
Per person

$55 + $25 technology fee

$55 + $25 technology fee

+ $100 individual/team


Skill Demonstration Event (Non Refundable)
Attendees can register for up to one Skill Demonstration Event. No state-level qualification required. Space limited. 

$35 N/A N/A

Challenge Testing (Non Refundable)
Per Person

Attendees can register for up to ten tests. No state-level qualification required.

$25 N/A N/A

FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl Registration
Per team

No Additional Fee is Needed for Round 2 qualified teams



Virtual Livestream to STAR Events Finalist Session




Onsite STAR Event Finalist Session Ticket
Only available for purchase on Tuesday, July 2 or Wednesday, July 3 at the onsite FCCLA Registration Desk. Professional dress is required for this session.




ACF Culinary and Baking and Pastry Exam Costs




White Corrugated Tri-Fold Display Boards (36’Hx48’W)




*For states with conferences on or after April 25, 2024, the early bird registration rate deadline has been extended to May 15, 2024.


Please refer to the Registration Add-Ons section below and the Special Events page for additional optional items.

Registration Policies and Deadlines

  • General NLC Registration Policies
    • Registration is required to participate in all sessions, including general sessions, Competitive Events, and the EXPO.
    • All students and advisers must be fully affiliated (affiliation submitted and paid) to register for the 2024 NLC.
    • Guests, including parents, chaperones, siblings, spouses, and school administrators, must be registered by an affiliated chapter or state adviser in the FCCLA Portal. They must be registered for the conference to stay in one of the conference hotels.
    • Children under nine years of age are discouraged from attending conference sessions. Children (9 and older) and family members attending conference sessions must register for the conference and be in proper dress code attire.
    • All STAR Event, Skill Demonstration Event, Challenge Test and FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl participants must be registered for the conference and stay in the official FCCLA hotel block to compete in any Competitive Event.
    • Official conference name badges must be worn at all conference functions. Replacement badges may be purchased at the FCCLA Registration Desk for $5. All money collected will go to the Ultimate Leadership Fund to directly support members and chapters through grants.
    • It is the responsibility of the adviser/chaperone to provide supervision to their student(s) throughout the conference and at the hotel. Advisers and Chaperones will be required to watch the Adviser/Chaperone conduct video and sign the Adviser/Chaperone Code of Conduct Form and turn it in at the onsite FCCLA Registration Desk to receive their registration materials.
    • Student Attendees will be required to complete the following forms found under Resources: 
      • Permission Form (for the adviser to keep on hand)
      • General Code of Conduct Form (for the adviser to keep on hand)
      • Mandatory Dress Code Form (for the adviser to keep on hand)
  • Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy
    • Registration and item cancellations must be submitted online through the FCCLA Portal by May 27, 11:59 PM (ET) to be eligible for any refunds. Telephone, email, and fax cancellations will not be accepted.
    • For registration and item cancellations received by the deadline, FCCLA will refund your conference registration less a $25 administrative fee per attendee cancellation. If canceled simultaneously, this fee will include the Special Event and the NLC After Party. Otherwise, if these special events are canceled individually, FCCLA will issue a refund less a $25 administrative per item.
    • Refund requests will not be honored for cancellations received after May 27, 2024 11:59 PM (ET).
    • Refunds for “no-shows” will not be honored, and the registrant and/or chapter will be responsible for all registration fees. Please note that your chapter will not be eligible to register for future FCCLA national conferences or affiliate until the balance has been paid in full.
    • All refunds will be processed following the conference.
    • Refunds are not honored for Competitive Events.

    Please note: Check the conference housing policies concerning hotel cancellations on the Hotel Information page.

  • Name Changes/Substitutions Policy
    • Name changes/substitutions must be submitted online through the FCCLA Portal by May 27 11:59 PM (ET). Telephone, email, and fax changes will not be accepted.
    • FCCLA will process the name change/substitution without penalty until May 27 11:59 PM (ET).
    • All requests for name changes/substitutions received after May 27 11:59 PM (ET) will incur a $25 substitution fee per person.
    • No Competitive Event substitutions are permitted after May 27 11:59 PM (ET).
  • Information Needed For Registration

    During the registration process, you will need to provide the following information:

    Individual Email Addresses

    • At the time of registration, every participant is required to provide their own email address that they will have access to during the summer months. Duplicate email addresses are not permitted.
    • We advise using an alternate email address other than a school email so that the attendees can access it over the summer. Providing a Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, or any other trusted email service provider will help ensure participants receive all NLC-related communications and have a unique sign-in to the conference app.

    Emergency Contact Information

    • All attendees are required to provide an emergency contact while in attendance at the conference. This information will be displayed on the back of the official name badge in case of an onsite emergency.

    Special Needs Accommodations

    • All attendees should indicate if they require any accommodations to attend the conference.


    • All attendees should indicate their preferred t-shirt size for the 2024 Conference t-shirt included in the registration rate. The t-shirt will be offered in unisex sizes Small–3XL.
    • Please note: While we will do our best to have the requested t-shirt size available, we cannot guarantee its availability.

  • Registration Deadlines

    March 1, 2024

    • National Leadership Conference Registration Opens

    APRIL 24, 2024

    MAY 3, 2024          

    • Early Bird Registration ends for states with state meetings prior to April 25
    • STAR Events Registration ends for states with state meetings prior to April 25
    • Skill Demonstration Events Registration Deadline for states with state meetings prior to April 25
    • Challenge Test Registration Deadline for states with state meetings prior to April 25
    • Special Assistance Requests Due
    • Content Creator Program Application Deadline
    • National Anthem Singer Application Deadline

    MAY 15, 2024        

    • Early Bird Registration ends for states with state meetings on or after April 25
    • STAR Events Registration ends for states with state meetings on or after April 25
    • Skill Demonstration Events Registration Deadline for states with state meetings on or after April 25
    • Challenge Test Registration Deadline for states with state meetings on or after April 25
    • Housing Cancellation Deadline to avoid cancellation fees of $450 per room
    • Say Yes to FCS Signing Ceremony Application Deadline

    MAY 27, 2024

    • STAR Events Substitution Deadline
    • Skill Demonstration Event Substitution Deadline
    • Challenge Test Substitution Deadline
    • Regular Registration Ends
    • Ultimate Journey Registration Package Ends, if available
    • Name Change/Substitution Deadline for no additional fee
    • Registration Cancellation Deadline to receive eligible refunds
    • Housing Reservation Deadline to receive FCCLA rate, based on availability
    • Corrugated Tri-Fold Display Board Pre-Order Ends
    • Adviser Roundtable Interest Form Submission Deadline
    • FCCLA Showcase Application Deadline

    JUNE 6, 2024

    • Attendee Orientation Webinar - Click here to register. 

    JUNE 10, 2024

    • Check payments due to selected hotel (if paying final hotel payment with a check).
    • Credit card authorization forms due to the selected hotel (if paying final hotel payment with a credit card, not in your possession).

    JUNE 19, 2024

    • Payment Deadline for NLC Registration to avoid a late fee of $25 per invoice.
  • Registration and Payment Confirmation

    Once you submit your registration, an email confirmation will be sent to the primary email address on file. If you do not receive this email confirmation within 48 hours, please email Please check your junk or spam email folders before emailing.

    The confirmation will include the housing reservation link and instructions, housing payment information, and registration material pick-up information. 

    Competitive Event participants will receive a separate email with additional information following the registration deadline.


    Conference registration payments should be submitted in time to be received at National FCCLA by the published deadline. Payments received after June 19, 2024, will incur a $25.00 late fee per invoice. Registration packets will only be distributed to chapters with a zero balance or by securing the balance with another form of payment when picking up registration materials.

    Payment is accepted in the form of checks or credit cards. A purchase order is not considered a form of final payment.


    Credit card payments may be made by MasterCard, VISA, American Express, or Discover in the FCCLA Portal under the “Invoice(s)” tab and the “Pay Invoices” button. You can also pay by phone by calling 703-476-4900.


    Mail the registration check along with a copy of the registration invoice to the following address:

    13241 Woodland Park Road, STE 100
    Herndon, VA 20171
    ATTN: 2024 NLC Registration

    NOTE: Checks for housing payments should not be mailed to FCCLA Headquarters or included with your registration.

Registration Add-Ons

During the registration process in the Portal, you have the option to register for the following items:


White corrugated tri-fold display boards measuring 36”H x 48”W are available as an add-on in the registration portal for $10 each. To ensure you have a board when you arrive, pre-order by May 27, 2024. Tri-fold display boards will be available for pick-up at the FCCLA registration desk beginning Friday, June 28, 2024.


American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification is the only culinary program with stackable credentials recognized throughout the industry and by the Department of Labor. ACF certifications validate knowledge, skills, and experience in industry-relevant competencies and are earned based on education, experience, and successful completion of both a written and practical exam. The ACF Certified Fundamental Cook and Certified Fundamental Pastry Cook credentials are the first steps on a ladder of certifications and do not require any work experience.

Participants must register by May 15 in the FCCLA Portal. Learn more.


Please visit the Special Events page to see the great options available.


State officers who want additional training and networking opportunities presented by the Leadership Training Team must pre-register to attend the designated state officer sessions.

Members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.