YMCA joining fees and annual rates vary, but many locations offer discounted rates for students, seniors, military personnel, and low-income families. Sliding-scale memberships are also available based on total household income.
The discounted rates have stated requirements, such as students must attend school full-time and seniors must be 65 and older. In addition to discounts for traditional families, other low rates are offered to young adults and households with more than two adults. Rates and discounts are not uniform across the YMCA organization, so some branches may offer discounts unique to the location.
For a needs-based discounted rate, applicants may be required to fill out and submit a financial assistance application along with a recent tax return or other financial documents. Furthermore, they may be required to resubmit documentation on a recurring basis.
Many YMCA locations offer discounted annual membership fees to active duty members of the Armed Forces. Military members are usually required to provide identification at the time of enrollment. In addition, some YMCA locations offer free enrollments to active duty military personnel due to partnerships with YMCA of the Armed Forces. In this case, military members may be required to provide documentation, identification and commanding officer approval.