Financial Assistance

A Y for All Community Members
Everyone belongs at the Y. We are committed to ensuring every community member, has access to our YMCAs. Our Financial Assistance program enables all individuals and families to become active members and participants at a rate that fits their budgets. This program is possible thanks to the many generous donors who support the YMCA’s Annual Campaign —100% of donations made to the Y help support kids, adults and families in our communities. To learn more about how you can support the YMCA of Easley, Pickens & Powdersville'’s Share the Spirit Campaign through a donation, CLICK HERE.

How are scholarships awarded?
Assistance is granted on the basis of financial need. We use a sliding fee scale based on total household income. 

  Annual Household Income % Discount
LEVEL 5 $40,001 - $45,000 5%
LEVEL 10 $35,001 - $40,000 10%
LEVEL 15 $30,001 - $35,000 15%
LEVEL 20 $25,001 - $30,000 20%
LEVEL 30 $20,001 - $25,000 30%
LEVEL 40 $15,001 - $20,000 40%
LEVEL 50 $0 - $15,000 50%

***Scholarships are awarded as funds are available. Some programs have limited scholarship monies available.***

I believe I am eligible for a scholarship, what do I do next?
We require supporting documentation to verify household size and income.  We will need to review your most recent tax Form 1040, 1040a, 1040EZ or an IRS Verification of Non-Filing. If you do not have one of these documents, you can request a copy at the IRS website.  Please bring one of these documents to any of our YMCA branches and our Member Services staff at the desk will be able to assist you.  

Exclusions and Exceptions
Not all programs and membership are eligible for a scholarship.  The following are not eligible for a scholarship (other exclusions may apply):
      Membership Exclusions:  College, Youth, 4 & 5 Adult Household 
      Program Exclusions:  Lifeguard Training, Pool Parties, & Dance. 
                                      * Scholarships for After School sites located at schools are awarded by the school.

What if I can't afford the income-based rate listed in the chart for my membership type?
For most situations, the listed income-based rate is the lowest rate we are able to provide. However, we realize there are certain situations that necessitate a lower rate for a period of time. Examples of these extenuating circumstances are: a recent traumatic event, a significant change in your financial situation, a death in the immediate family, major or emergency medical expenses, emergency custody situations or circumstances with disabilities/special needs. If you would like to share your story with us, please CLICK HERE. Please allow up to 14 days for us to follow-up with you!

If you have any questions or need help with Financial Assistance, please contact Member Services at your branch.

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