The YMCA believes that every person should have an opportunity to participate in the Y and pursue their own personal goals regardless of skill or financial level. Because of our service and dedication to our community, we offer membership and program funding. Please feel free to review the department information and the links to the programs where scholarships are available.

Financial Assistance approval is based on a sliding fee scale designed to fit individual financial situations. Available funding is based on personal need, enrollment, and our financial resources.


The Open Arms financial assistance program offers scholarships towards membership which allows access to our gym, basketball courts, indoor pools and fitness floor and all the other benefits that come with belonging to the Y community. Scholarships are awarded on the 1st and the 15th of each month. If you submit your application between the 1st and the 14th of the month, your membership will be approved for the 1st of the following month. If you submit your application between the 15th and 31st, your membership will be approved for the 15th of the following month. All applications require written proof of income to determine the appropriate scholarship award every 6 months.  For more information, please contact James Highsmith, Financial Assistance Coordinator, at [email protected] or 734.661.8007.
The application may be found here.


Class scholarship requests are taken between the Friday-Sunday before each session’s online registration begins. You may submit your request by completing an online form found HERE.  The class scholarship submission page will close at 9am on the Monday before registration begins each session.

*This form is used for YMCA classes and programs only. It does not cover YMCA memberships, child care or camps.
2017 Class Scholarship Request Dates:
Winter I Scholarship Registration: 12/16/16 – 12/18/16
Member online registration begins: 12/21/16
Community online registration begins: 12/23/16
Winter I Class Session Dates: 1/9/17 – 2/26/17

Spring I Scholarship Registration: 2/10/17 – 2/12/17
Member online registration begins: 2/15/17
Community online registration begins: 2/17/17
Spring I Class Session Dates: 2/27/17 – 4/23/17

Spring II Scholarship Registration:
3/31/17 – 4/6/17
Member online registration begins: 4/12/17
Community online registration begins: 4/14/17
Spring II Class Session Dates: 4/24/17-6/11/17

Summer Class Session Dates: 6/26/17 – 8/20/17
Summer Scholarship Registration: 6/2/17 – 6/4/17
Member online registration begins: 6/7/17
Community online registration begins: 6/9/17
Summer Class Session Dates: 6/26/17 – 8/20/17

Fall I Scholarship Registration: 8/11/17 – 8/13/17
Member online registration begins: 8/16/17
Community online registration begins: 8/18/17
Fall I Class Session Dates: 9/5/17 – 10/22/17 

Fall II Scholarship Registration: 10/6/17 – 10/8/17
Member online registration begins: 10/11/17
Community online registration begins: 10/13/17
Fall II Class Session Dates: 10/23/17 – 12/17/17

For more information, please contact James Highsmith, Financial Assistance Coordinator, at [email protected] or 734661.8007.

Ann Arbor Youth Sports Leagues

Applications for youth sports leagues (soccer, basketball and flag football) are accepted only the weekend before YMCA program registration begins. Applications are submitted via our Class/Program Scholarship request survey. The link to this survey can be found here.

Fall I Sports application deadline: 8.12.16 – 8.15.16

Fall II: 10.7.16- 10.10.16

For more information, please contact James Highsmith, Financial Assistance Coordinator, at [email protected] or (734)661-8007.

Ypsilanti After School Sports Programs

Information on financial assistance for Ypsilanti after school programs can be found in the registration flyer available at your child’s school office. For more information, please contact Colette Hemker, Youth Community Program Director at [email protected] or 734.661.8031.

Youth in Government: Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti

Scholarships available on an individual basis. For more information, please contact James Highsmith, Financial Assistance Coordinator, at [email protected] or 734661.8007.

Teen After School Program

Limited scholarships are available beginning in September. Scholarships are distributed during the school year as available. For more information, please contact James Highsmith, Financial Assistance Coordinator, at [email protected] or 734661.8007.

Child Care

Families are encouraged to apply for financial assistance
after your child has been guaranteed a space in the program.  For more information, please contact Sarah Kim, Child Care Director at [email protected] or 734.661.8058.

Camp AGQ

Camp Al-Gon-Quian is the Ann Arbor YMCA’s residential summer camp located on Burt Lake in Northern Michigan. We are excited to offer financial assistance so all campers have the chance to participate in residential camp!

We will be providing scholarships for Camp Al-Gon-Quian, thanks to generous donors via the Ann Arbor YMCA’s Annual Campaign. Campers who apply for a scholarship are not required to pay a deposit to register for camp. To register a camper applying for a scholarship, please do so over the phone so you do not have to pay the deposit. We recommend signing your camper up for his or her session of choice as soon as registration opens. We will hold your camper’s spot while you fill out the YMCA financial aid application, which is due on March 15, 2017. If you have any questions or would like a scholarship packet mailed to you, please contact us in the camp office at (734) 661-8051 or email camping[at] The 2017 scholarship application is available: here

Day Camps

YMCA summer day camps are all about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities and make lasting friendships and memories. We do our very best to ensure every child has an opportunity to attend camp and we look forward to receiving your application for financial assistance. We evaluate scholarship applications and distribute funds based on family income, number of household members and cover letters.

The 2017 day camp scholarship process is open, and a link to the application is found HERE.  La solicitud de beca en española está AQUÍ 

Applications will be accepted until March 15th, 2017. If you have questions regarding the day camp scholarship process, please contact James Highsmith, Assistant Membership Director, at (734)661-8007, or the Day Camp Registrar at (734)661-8039.

  • Scholarship Applications Due: March 15th, 2017
  • Acceptance Notifications Sent: Week of March 27th, 2017
  • Scholarship Award Acceptance: March 27th—April 14th, 2017
  • Day Camp Registration: February 10th, 2017
  • Payment due: Three weeks before the session of camp begins.