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Registration Costs

When you register you are required to submit a deposit which includes the entire program fee for your chosen program and a room and board deposit. The room and board deposit is $200 per person 6 years or older attending a program of 5 or more nights and $100 per person 6 years or older attending a program 4 or fewer nights. The remaining balance is paid on island by the end of your stay.

Minor Medical Release Form

If youth under the age of eighteen are attending a program on Star Island without their parents or legal guardians, a minor medical release form is required. Click here to download a minor medical release form.

Paper Registration

Registering by mail is also an option. Click here to download and then print our paper registration form. Mailing instructions are on the form.


If you have questions about registering, please email for more information.



Rates are found on each individual conference listing. Please click here for the conference list. Room and board rates do not include conference program fees, which are unique to each conference and are set by the leadership of individual conferences. Standard rooms are in the Oceanic Hotel, Gosport Building, or Cottages with shared half-bathroom. Motel units are rooms in Founders, Sprague, YPRU or Baker with en-suite half-bathroom.

About our Rates and Financial Grants

What does Room and Board pay for?

Believe it or not, room and board only covers two-thirds of our annual operating costs. In addition to the expected expenses (food, payroll, linens, maintenance) there are also “off grid” expenses required to host conferences in such a beautiful, rugged, and remote location, such as generating electricity and treating all wastewater…

Why did the rates go up from 2022?

We are committed to being transparent about our rate structure, and how it supports our ability to operate effectively. The costs of many of the goods and services we rely on to remain open and operating effectively have risen dramatically over the last year. Additionally, we are focused on improving services this season, particularly in the areas of housekeeping and food service. After keeping rates flat in 2021 and only increasing them by a small margin in 2022, we have been falling behind in our ability to keep up with what it costs to run Star Island at the levels desired by our guests and employees. So, this year, we are raising rates by 9% – for a family of four attending a full week/seven-night conference, this amounts to about $300; for an individual adult, about $100.

Our commitment to financial accessibility

We recognize that this a challenging time, financially, for many folks, and we don’t want the price of the Star Island experience to prevent people from coming to Star Island. To that end, we have increased our Financial Grants Program budget by 81% over last year. We are actively encouraging individuals and families who are impacted by our rate increase to apply for financial grants to learn more and apply.

Star Island Corporation is a nonprofit organization, and we rely on tax deductible charitable donations. Donations to the 2023 Annual Fund help to fund our Financial Grants Program, and we encourage those who can comfortably pay full room and board fees to also consider an extra donation this year as a way of “paying it forward.”



Financial Grants

If full room and board would preclude you and your family from attending a conference, please review the information on this page or contact the island registrar with questions.

Applications to the grant program are confidential. Information you provide is held in the strictest confidence and will only viewed by our Financial Grant Committee, the Conference's Grant Committee (with your permission), and the Island Registrar.

How To

Fill out the application form and your application will be reviewed for a grant from all available sources.

We are offering a combined application for guests that will be considered by the Star Island Corporation grant funding and participating conference grant programs.  We are all excited to collaborate to make the process easier for our guests. Conferences participating in the shared application process are:

  • Young Adults Conference
  • Star Arts Conference
  • ISHRA June Conference
  • Natural History Week
  • IRAS Conference
  • All Star 2
  • Faith Development Week
  • Building Bridges
  • International Affairs Conference
  • Star Gathering 1
  • Star Gathering 2
  • Youth Empowerment and Spirituality
  • LOAS 1
  • LOAS 2
  • Pel Reunion
  • Star Gathering Family Weekend
  • ISHRA Sept Conference
  • Star Women

If your conference is not on the list, you can still fill out the grant application and be considered for a grant from the Star Island Corporation - if there is a separate application form for your conference below, you can also fill that out.

Application deadlines are as follow:

Conference Start Date Application Due Decisions Emailed By
Before August 27, 2023 April 15 May 15
On or after August 27, 2023 July 1 July 15



Financial Grant Application


Please consider the following when applying for grants

  • Financial grants typically will only cover a portion of room and board, not the full amount.  Also, grants do not cover any programming fees required by the conference.
  • Financial grant applicants are encouraged to register for the conference they wish to attend. However, if doing so presents a financial hardship, we do not require that you do so.**
  • When applicable, grant applications will be considered by both the Star Island Corporation and the conference grant programs.  You may be awarded a grant from both the conference and SIC based on your need.
  • There is no limit on how many years you can apply.   

**If you choose not to register in advance, please let us know so we can work to ensure a space remains available at the conference.  Contact the Island Registrar at and let them know your name and the conference you hope to attend.


Information about Conference Scholarship Programs

Information about the individual conference scholarship programs can be found here.  The majority of these use the shared application found above.


ISAUU Clergy Grants

Financial grants are available through the Isles of Shoals Association Unitarian Universalist (ISAUU) for Unitarian Universalist Ministers who have never attended a Star Island conference. More information about the ISAUU’s Clergy Grant program can be found at