Membership For All: Financial Assistance

Membership For All.  Everyone belongs at the YMCA, regardless of income level.  The heart of the YMCA's mission is to serve all people in our community. That's why we offer income-based membership, which is funded by donations from local families and organizations to the Y's Annual Campaign. Income-based membership gives kids, families, and adults the opportunity to pay the monthly membership fee that best aligns to their household income. No one fee fits every individual's situation.  

  • Who is eligible? Any individual or family who has a permanent address in our service area and who finds the cost of the Y does not fit into their monthly budget.  We also encourage you to apply if you are having a short term financial crisis or a medical emergency.  
  • What is Membership For All? The Oshkosh Y programs and services are available to everyone regardless of ability to pay. Membership For All financial assistance is a sliding fee scale program that is designed to meet each individual's financial needs.
  • How will the financial assistance amount be determined? Financial assistance will be determined by the number of individuals residing in the household, the combined gross income of individuals living in the household, the Y sliding fee scale and the availability of Y funds.
  • How quickly can I expect to receive financial assistance? Applicants will be notified by mail within 5-7 business days once all paperwork is received.
  • How long will my financial assistance continue? Membership financial assistance is typically awarded for six or twelve months. Memberships can be renewed by completing the application and providing updated financial documentation.


If you feel like you are a good fit for Membership for All but would like the ease of joining online, please use the code MFA20 to get 20% off your membership.  If you think you would qualify for more than 20%, please fill out the application found below.
View MFA20 FAQ Here
  1. Please read directions thoroughly.
  2. Completely fill out a short  FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION. 
  3. Provide copies of required financial documentation. Include copies of all the following that apply:
  • Previous year's 1040 or non-filing status for all individuals 18 years and older. Non-filing status is for those who did not file taxes. A STATEMENT OF NON-FILING must be completed.
  • Last two paycheck stubs or letter from employer indicating hours worked and pay.
  • Government Assistance: "Explanation of Benefits" which can be obtained at
  • Social Security Disability:  Letter from Social Security office or Notice of Decision stating the monthly benefit amount.
  • Unemployed:  Notification of eligible benefits from unemployment office.


  • The YMCA reserves the right to deny financial assistance to anyone whose actions are contrary to the core values and mission of the YMCA.
  • The YMCA has a no tolerance policy regarding individuals listed on the Sex Offender Registry.
  • Applications will be kept for 30 days. All unclaimed applications will be considered void and the applicant will need to reapply.

Julie Smith, Membership Director