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Financial Aid Program

The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing financial assistance to City of Boulder residents of low income by providing a percent discount to programs and services for those who qualify. The program has been improved to further meet the needs of our community, including the qualification process, enrollment at all three recreation centers, and the most recent income level limits to reflect the community’s economic impact.

How do I qualify?

The program is open to those that (1) live in the city limits of Boulder and (2) are within the income level associated with their family size, see below.

Family Size 1 2 3 4+
Annual Income Limit $0 - 34,800 $0 - 39,800 $0 - 44750 $0 - 49,700
Add $5,000 per additional family member.

The department asks that, in order to qualify every year, patrons fill out the Financial Aid Application pdf and bring all required documentation to any recreation center or the Iris Center.

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If interested patrons with a disability do not qualify by the above standards please reach out to our EXPAND therapeutic team or visit the EXPAND web page .
If interested patrons are youth  under the age of 17 years and do not qualify by the above standards please reach out to the Play Boulder Foundation regarding the PLAYPass scholarships program.

What programs and services are included?

Entry Fees & Passes: Annual or monthly passes, punch cards, and daily entrance fees will be discounted 50 percent for approved Financial Aid recipients. Kid’s Corner child care punch cards and drop-in fees will be discounted 50 percent for approved Financial Aid recipients.
These discount may not be combined with other sales, promotions, or Twilight Passes.

Courses: a 50 percent discount to use on courses and services (listed online or in program guide with a Course Number), up to a maximum of $400 per qualified person per year (12 months from the Financial Aid approval date) to be used at their discretion. You can now use your benefits when registering online .

This course discount may  not be used for:

  • Courses listed in the program guide without  a Course Number (contractual programs and camps**)
  • Private/Semi-Private Lessons or Personal Training
  • Flatirons Golf Course fees and Pro Shop sales
  • Concession or point-of-sale retail items (locks, diapers, etc)

**  Financial Aid may be available directly through contracted camps and programs. Please contact the organization which provides these programs for information on their financial assistance procedures. 

Terms and Exclusions

Financial Aid recipients may be withdrawn from the program and become ineligible for future assistance due to “no showing” and/or excessive absences, and/or moving outside the city limits .