Fee Reductions: We’re Here to Help

Access for All: Everyone, Everywhere, Every Day 

Parks & Recreation classes, camps, fitness memberships, preschool, programs and more are at a price you can afford! Our fee reduction program helps Everyone, Everywhere, Every Day! Access for All. Whether you have a short-term set back or something longer term.   

The Arlington County Fee Reduction Policy bases discounts on total household income and size relative to the currently-published HUD’s Section 8 income limits. If your household income is below the threshold, most of Parks & Recreation fees could be reduced. Any member in a household that has qualified for a fee reduction can receive a fee reduction.

All Arlington County Parks & Recreation programs, fees and services are eligible for fee reduction except for personal training, private swim sessions for adults, adult leagues, payment for events or renting a facility.  

Fee reductions are available if you qualify and live in or own property in Arlington County or if you are an Arlington County employee or member of these households.  

Financial Hardship

Fees are not intended to stop you from participating in Parks & Recreation programs. If your household is experiencing a financial hardship but does not meet the fee reduction eligibility requirements, a separate process is available whereby you may apply for a hardship exemption for certain fee-based programs for a period of up to six months. Requests for temporary financial hardships must be made in writing by completing the Financial Hardship Request form. Hardship approvals will be determined based on documented inability to pay the published fee. Everyone, Everywhere, Every Day! Access for All. Let us work together.

Does someone in your household qualify for a free or reduced lunch or services with Arlington County’s Department of Human Services?

If someone in your household qualifies for reduced or free lunch or is a client of Arlington’s Department of Human Services, then everyone in your household can only pay 25% to 50% for a Parks & Recreation program. Sometimes we can offer them at no cost to qualified households.

How to Apply 

  • Complete the online application form or fill one out at a community center
  • Provide:  
    • Proof of identity: U.S. driver’s license or passport from any country. 
    • Proof of residency: driver’s license (with Arlington County address) or lease agreement/recent utility bill with the applicant’s name. 
    • Proof of financial need: 
      • Arlington County Department of Human Services client can ask their caseworker to inform the Department of Parks & Recreation of status to qualify.
      • Any of these verification documents qualify you to receive reduced fees: 
        • Documents that prove income for an entire household: 
          • Current Arlington Public School letter verifying eligibility for free or reduced lunch 
          • Department of Human Services Woman, Infant and Children Program (WIC) 
          • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Food Stamps 
          • Qualifying letter from DHS employee in Child & Family or IDD Services 
          • Tax returns (1040 or 760) filed within last 12 months 
          • Medicaid 
          • Letter from a governmental agency as proof of unemployment, “adult individual enrollments only.”   
          • Food Stamps, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 
        •  Documents that prove income for an individual. Only an individual (not family members) will qualify for fee reductions if one of the following is provided:  
          • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
          • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
          • Unemployed adult (as long as any other income does not exceed the Section 8 guidelines). Accepted for verification is showing a valid unemployment check or statement or a letter from the previous employer. 

If you do not meet criteria or are unable to provide the documentation, you may file Fee Reduction Income Documentation Waiver and bring it to one of our community centers

All fee reductions must be renewed annually. (We will remind you.) 

Fee Reduction Schedule

Section 8 Definitions of % of Median Income Income Limits Effective April, 2021
% Household Pays Household Size
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 or More
25% of Fee $27,100 $31,000 $34,850 $38,700 $41,800 $44,900 $48,000 $51,100
50% of Fee $45,150 $51,600 $58,050 $64,500 $69,700 $74,850 $80,000 $85,150
75% of Fee $57,650 $65,850 $74,100 $82,300 $88,900 $95,500 $102,100 $108,650

*Information based upon Federal Section 8 Medium Income Determinations for Arlington County, VA.

Have questions or need further assistance, call 703-228-4747.

Due to COVID-19, only the following locations are open to process fee reductions in person. 

Fairlington Community Center: 3308 S. Stafford St. (22206)
Open: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m 
Closed: Sunday and Tuesday 

Langston-Brown Community Center: 2121 N. Culpeper St. (22207)
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed: Sunday and Thursday 

Madison Community Center: 3829 N. Stafford St. (22207)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Friday 

Thomas Jefferson Community Center: 3501 2nd St. S (22204)
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Sunday