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Financial Assistance


We understand our member’s lives change and they may find themselves in difficult situations. That is why the Y offers financial assistance/scholarships to make sure our membership, ambulance programs and services are available to everyone regardless of income or background. Applications are always confidential and forms can be found at our Front Desk or on our website. We base our financial assistance on both income and family size. If you have any additional questions or would like to meet to discuss financial assistance, try please contact Carolyn Rugg at 507.433.1804 or crugg@ymca-austin.org.  Don’t be afraid to ask—we are here to help!

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With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the YMCA of Austin ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to grow, learn and thrive.


The YMCA welcomes all who wish to participate and believes that no one should be denied access to the Y based on their ability to pay. Through our Financial Assistance Program, the YMCA of Austin provides assistance to youth, adults and families based on individual needs and circumstances.


Determining assistance amounts is handled by the Member Services Director Sandy Halbach in a confidential, fair and consistent manner. Every YMCA member receives the same membership benefits, regardless of whether or not they receive assistance. Y members can feel confident knowing that they are a part of an organization that cares greatly for the well-being of all people.


How is the financial assistance amount determined?

Financial assistance is based on gross monthly income, family size and personal circumstances when you apply. Gross monthly income includes wages/salary of all individuals contributing to the household income, as well as unemployment, child support, parental support, disability income, social security income, government assistance and retirement income. Assistance will be granted to the extent funds are available.

What is the duration of assistance and how do I renew? 

Financial assistance is given in 3 month increments. At the end of the 3 months, simply reapply for continued assistance by submitting any changes in income and updated documentation to the Member Services Director. Use of facilities may be a determining factor in decisions concerning renewals. If you do not submit the appropriate paperwork for renewal your membership will expire. Membership fees and assistance are subject to change when you reapply.

Does financial assistance cover the entire cost of membership and program fees? 

Financial assistance reduces membership fees, it does not eliminate them. Financial assistance can be used towards membership fees, program fees for youth sports and activities, child care, preschool and other Y programs.

What if I haven’t filed Federal Income Taxes? 

If you haven’t filed a Federal Income Tax you need to contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1.800.829.8374 to request a letter of verification of non-filing status and submit with this form.

When should I expect my application to be processed? 

Completed applications containing all necessary paperwork will be reviewed within three weeks. Your request for assistance may be denied or put on hold without all the required paperwork.

Do you provide financial assistance for child care, preschool tuition, swimming lessons or youth sports?

Yes, we provide financial assistance for all of these programs!

I have additional questions and special circumstances. Who should I contact to find answers? 

If you have additional questions or want to discuss special circumstances, please contact Carolyn Rugg, our Member Services Director at 507.433.1804 or crugg@ymca-austin.org. She will be happy to answers any of your questions in a confidential manner.

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