There are several reasons why we do not offer student gis upon sign up. First, schools who do offer a “free” gi are not really providing it free. Generally they will want you to sign a contract with them which allows them to add in the cost of the gi into the tuition many times over. We do not use long term contracts and do everything in our power to keep the tuition as low as possible. Secondly, the gis that are given away are usually promotional items, bought in bulk, an advertising medium and are not of the highest quality. Thirdly, gis come in many different qualities and prices that reflect those qualities. Prices range from $15 to many hundreds of dollars. It is not uncommon to spend $400 on a good Japanese gi, but you do not need to spend that much on a quality uniform.  We recommend that you wait and talk to us before your first gi purchase.