General School Info, Policy & Procedure
This year was my third year attending MARS.
My skills grow by leaps and bounds each time I attend
and I am confident this year is no exception.
Thank you to everyone for all the hard work
to make the MARS school continue every year.
~ Erica Beck (2017 student)

Application Procedure Only students attending MARS are eligible for a special "at-school discount" with application for the following year. Agreement and payment must be made prior to leaving the event. Subsequent enrollments must complete the online registration form, and mail, email or fax the form to the Registrar, accompanied by a minimum deposit of $299.00. Please type or print clearly and legibly. Registration and PAYMENT IN FULL IS DUE BY APRIL 1. The tuition fee includes instruction, hotel accommodations (double occupancy), all scheduled meals, special school-wide events and social functions.
Housing & Meals Accommodations at the oceanfront Grand Hotel are included in your tuition. Rooms are double occupancy. Please list the name of your roommate on your registration form, otherwise one will be selected for you by the registrar. Single occupancy rooms are available for an additional fee of $349.00. MARS cannot guarantee specific room requests. One additional adult (spouse, friend, etc) staying in your room, but NOT attending class will be charged $649.00. That fee includes meal plan and all scheduled activities. The rate for children in a room with two adults is $99.00 per child, and does not include meals. Meal plan for child is $299 for the week. Under-aged children must be attended by an adult at all times, and cannot attend any class. School meal plan is as follows - DINNER Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday night banquet dinner party, LUNCH Monday through Thursday, and Friday farewell brunch.
Class Size Class size is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. Applications are subject to acceptance by the Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography. To ensure acceptance in the class of your choice, apply as early as you can. Late-comers may find the class of their choice already filled. If your first choice is not available, you will be placed in a class of your second or third choice. Alternate placement is based on availability and is at the discretion of the MARS Board
Registration and Class Attendance School registration and Hotel check-in will begin in the main lobby of the Grand Hotel on Sunday (see online schedule for details). The hotel requires a credit card impression upon arrival to cover any bar, restaurant, or other expenses that you incur during your stay. Your paid registration is good only in the class for which you registered. Registrations are not transferable, and class hopping is not allowed. Class changes can be made up until April 1. Any class change after April 1 will result in a $50 administration fee. No class changes can be made after April 15. No excuses, no exceptions. Attendance will be taken each morning and each afternoon. Classes are required to stay and travel together as a class unit, unless otherwise directed by instructor or school. If you need to leave mid-week for any reason, please inform the school Registrar. Class attendance every day is mandatory to qualify for your PPA Merits and Educational Units. Students who are members of PPA will receive two Merits and five CEUs for attending MARS. Please wear your provided name badges to all classes and events.
Model Release All students and staff at MARS are asked to sign the Model Release Form. This form will be passed out in class on Monday.
Conduct and Etiquette Please conduct yourself in a considerate manner with all instructors, fellow students, hotel staff, models, trades people, trustees, assistants, and guests. Harassment of any kind, especially sexual harassment, will not be tolerated. Common courtesy demands that you refrain from unnecessary talking or creating other disturbances during the lectures and demonstration. Please be considerate and save phone calls, texting and emails for after class hours. Shut off all phones and pdas during classroom tutorials.
Photographs and Recording Please remember that photographs that you create in a classroom situation, being done under the supervision of your instructor, are for tutorial purposes only, and are not eligible to be entered into competition, according to the rules of competition of both PPA and most state and local affiliates. Nor may you use any photographs taken in class for samples, publication or personal gain. Videotaping instructor class sessions is not permitted.
Smoking Smoking is not allowed in the hotel building or at other indoor events.
Terms of Payment U.S. FUNDS ONLY! We accept checks, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. You can pay in full with the application, but a minimum deposit of $299.00 is required at the time of registration to reserve your seat in class. MARS offers an EASY-PAY PLAN, featuring low monthly auto payments (see online registration form for details). A $4 monthly service fee will apply to all auto-payments. Final payment, or payment in full, is due no later than April 1. Payments received after April 1 are subject to a $50.00 late fee. Returned checks will be subject to a $35.00 service fee. Rejected credit and debit cards are subject to an $8 administration fee per occurrence. Confirmation notification and a statement of the balance due (if any), will be forwarded by the registrar. Deposits, Credit card processing fees, and penalty charges are not refundable.
Refund/Cancellation Policies The Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography reserves the right to cancel courses, make faculty changes, or to refuse admission to any student. In case of cancellation, the student will have the option of registering for another course (subject to availability) or receiving a full refund. Applicants who decide to cancel their course registration MUST do so IN WRITING, otherwise they will forfeit any chance of a refund. Unless you have taken advantage of a non-refundable, "at-school pre-registration special", if you cancel within 30 days of your initial deposit, MARS will gladly issue a full credit. Cancellation after 30 days of initial deposit, but greater than 3 months before the school session, there will be a $299 administration fee (plus any credit card processing fees), but any additional monies will be refunded. For cancellations occurring three months or less prior to the start of the school session, there will be NO REFUNDS. By this time a seat has been saved for you and other plans and costs have occurred based on your reservation. Credit card processing fees are not refundable. All other requests for refunds are subject to the discretion of the MARS Board of Trustees. Class changes can be made up until April 1. Any class change after April 1 will result in a $50 administration fee. No class changes can be made after April 15 or during the week once the school starts. No exceptions, no excuses.
Liability The Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography, it's officers, trustees, or assigns, shall have no responsibility or liability for personal injury to any participant, or for loss or damage to any participant's property, or for personal injuries or damage to the property of any other person resulting from the participant's involvement in any workshop or with the program in general. Neither the school, nor the hotel, is responsible for lost, stolen or damaged equipment or personal property of any kind. MARS will not reimburse students for airfare, travel expenses, or other costs, due to course cancellations or faculty replacements. While we endeavor to make each class a rewarding experience for every student, MARS is not responsible, nor will issue any refund of any amount, for dissatisfaction with course, course content, instructor method, or overall subject matter. MARS shall have no responsibility for the acts, errors or omissions of instructors, staff, or other providers of service to participants during the school.



M.A.R.S.
Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography
a PPA Affiliate school for continuing education in all aspects of photography