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SelfStudy: Student Information

Registration & Tuition

If you need any assistance during your registration process, contact the SANS registration office at registration@sans.org or call 301-654-SANS(7267) 9am - 8pm EST.

How to Register

  1. Everyone with Internet access must complete the online registration form. (We do not take registrations by phone.)
  2. Even if you do not want to submit your payment information online, still complete the online form. There is an option to submit Credit Card information for payment by fax OR phone once the online form is completed and you have your invoice number.
  3. SANS ONLY ACCEPTS US & CANADIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURCHASE ORDERS. If you normally use a PO, and are not part of the federal government, please see our additional PO information on the Tuition Information page.
  4. You must print YOUR OWN INVOICE at the end of the online registration process, if you need one.

We recommend you register early to ensure you get your first choice of courses. An immediate e-mail confirmation is sent to you when the registration is submitted properly. If you have not received e-mail confirmation within two business days of registering, please call the SANS Registration office at 301-654-SANS(7267) . You may also contact us by e-mail at registration@sans.org.

Course Fees

Detailed information on all course fees, what is included, and the SANS payment process are available on the Tuition Information page.

Voucher Program

For organizations with multiple employees taking SANS training courses, the SANS Voucher Program is an easy to use, flexible training management solution. Based on the number of anticipated students and investment, you may be eligible to receive, from SANS, bonus funds. Your investment and bonus funds can be used for classroom and online training, and can also be used to purchase GIAC certifications. Visit our Voucher Program page for more details and to contact SANS.

What to Do Once Registered

Once your online registration is submitted, you will receive a copy of your invoice via email. If you do not pay online with a credit card, your invoice will be marked as unpaid. Once your payment has been made, you will receive a paid receipt via email.

Within 48 hours of payment, you will receive an email with information on how to access your course.

GIAC Certification

To receive the discounted rate for the GIAC certification attempt, you must add the certification attempt when you register for your SANS training course. On the online registration form, simply choose to add the certification attempt with your course.

If you sign up for the GIAC certification attempt, the duration of access for your training and to pass the certification exams will be the same. For details on the duration of access and the discounted rate, see the table on Tuition Information page. The GIAC certification attempt may also be purchased without SANS training at a higher rate, through the GIAC Challenge program. For more information about the GIAC program and steps to certification, go to www.giac.org.

If You Must Substitute / Cancel


You may substitute another person in your place at any time prior to accessing your course by emailing registration@sans.org.


If you have no one to replace you, please submit your refund request in writing to registration@sans.org prior to accessing your online course materials and receiving the additional course materials that are shipped to you. Your registration fee will be returned, less a $300.00 processing fee, in the same manner in which it was paid.

No refunds will be given once you access your online course materials or receive the additional course materials that are shipped to you.

Acceptable Forms of Payment:

The SANS Federal ID# is 52-1935637


If paying by check, please make it payable to: The SANS Institute, and mail it to:

ESCAL Institute of Advanced Technologies
PO Box 419108
Boston, MA   02241-9108

Be sure to include the following with your check:

  • Your name & phone number
  • Full Invoice Number (Letters & Numbers)
  • Conference Name (SANS SelfStudy)
Credit Card

Credit card payments can be made securely on-line through the registration form.

Or by Phone: Complete the on-line registration form and select "Credit Card by Fax or Phone" as the payment method. After you have received your conference invoice number, call 301-654-SANS(7267) to complete the credit card transaction.

DO NOT e-mail your credit card information, it will not be accepted.

We Accept:

  • Visa
  • Master Card
  • American Express
  • Discover Card
  • Diners Club
Wire transfers:

Complete the on-line registration form and select "Bank Transfer" as the payment method. Fill in the "Bank Name" field with the name of your bank, and then e-mail tuition@sans.org requesting information to complete the transfer. Do not deduct any bank fees from your transmittal. We must receive the full amount shown on your Invoice.

Wire transfers may take up to 2 weeks to be posted to the SANS account. If funds have not been received by 9:00am on the start date of your conference, SANS will require full payment on a credit card to allow you into class. This will 'hold' your account until the transfer is complete or the funds have been received. Once SANS receives the funds, your credit card will be refunded.

Federal Government Purchase Orders (ONLY US & CANADIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT)

You must register before submitting your PO to ensure accurate processing see below for instructions.


You must register before submitting your PO to ensure accurate processing.

The SANS Institute expects payment in advance for all courses. The only exception is made for federal government employees, who must submit a copy of a DD form 1556 or other federal form in advance of training.

We do not accept state, provincial, corporate, or university purchase orders. You may use one of these purchase orders to obtain funding for the course, but do not send us a copy.

Be sure that your organization can process your purchase order in time to send payment to the SANS Institute before the training begins. You may bring a check or credit card with you and pay at the door if necessary.

IMPORTANT: A completed PO must include the full SANS conference invoice number (letters & numbers) and the amount on the PO MUST match the invoice. Incomplete or inaccurate POs will cause delays in processing, which could lead to delays in training.

Completed forms may by faxed to 301-951-0140 - Attention: "Tuition Dept. - Fed PO", or they may be mailed to:

ESCAL Institute of Advanced Technologies
Fed PO - SANS SelfStudy
11200 Rockville Pike, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD   20852

Purchase Orders (ALL OTHERS):

The SANS Institute ONLY accepts US & Canadian Federal Government Purchase Orders(PO). We do not accept POs from state governments, local governments, corporations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, or any one else except for the US and Canadian Federal Government.

If your regular method of payment is by PO and you are not part of the US or Canadian Federal Government, please use the following procedure:

  • Complete the on-line registration form
  • Verify all the information is correct and click "Proceed" at the bottom of the page
  • Make sure your Billing Address is Correct & Choose any "Conference Extra's" you would like.
  • Read the Conference Policies
  • Choose a method of payment at the bottom of the page.
  • Submit the printed invoice to whomever is responsible for paying your training fees


The SANS Institute does not mail invoices requesting payment. If you require an invoice to process payment, or would like one for your records, you need to complete the on-line registration form. Click print when you have completed your registration.