The VEC program is authorized to recoup a portion of its expenses. Although VECs and their VEs are not required to charge any fee, if they do charge, all of their test candidates are to be charged the same amount at all sessions throughout the year.
The amount of the ARRL/VEC test fee is announced to its Volunteer Examiners in advance of the year it will be imposed. The ARRL/VEC’s current test fee is posted on the Web at www.arrl.org/arrl-vec-exam-fees.
Candidates who pre-register for an examination, pay the test fee in advance, but do not appear at the session, will not be given a refund of their fee paid. Candidates who have pre-registered, who have paid their test fee in advance--and do show up, but cannot be served for whatever reason(s), should be refunded their pre-registration test fee. This scenario shouldn't occur, however: Teams must always strive to serve all pre-registered candidates.
Persons who are submitting documentation for a paperwork-only upgrade will also be charged a fee for processing the paperwork.