Reduced Fees for Those in Need

Don’t Let Fees be a Barrier

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, many of your park and recreation fees could be reduced.  All Arlington County programs and services are eligible for fee reduction except for personalized service (e.g., private lessons), adult team sports, performance tickets, special events, facility rentals, destination trips, and purchasing merchandise/concessions/vending.

Fee reductions are available to persons who live in or own property in Arlington County Virginia and members of their household, and employees of Arlington County Government and members of their household.

Watch a short video explaining the Fee Reduction Policy.

How to Apply

Please visit one of our community centers with the following:

For individuals who do not meet criteria or are unable to provide the documentation, you may file Fee Reduction Income Documentation Waiver and bring that to one of our community centers.

All fee reductions must be renewed annually.

Documents that prove income for an entire household

  • Current Arlington Public School letter verifying eligibility for free or reduced lunch
  • Department of Human Services (DHS) 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
  • Unemployed adult with a letter from a governmental agency as proof of unemployment, “adult individual enrollments only.”  = discount of 50% (as long as any other income does not exceed the section 8 guidelines).
  • Food Stamps, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) = discount of 75%

Documents that prove income for an individual.
Only individuals (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.

Please visit us at one of our community centers or call 703.228.4747 for additional assistance.