Financial Aid - Tournaments and Leagues

The DiscNW Youth Development Fund provides for need-based financial aid for most DiscNW hosted tournaments and leagues. If you are seeking financial aid for a different type of event, please visit our financial aid home page.

To learn more about financial aid for DiscNW tournaments and leagues, scroll down to continue reading, or click on one of the following headings to skip ahead:


Application for Financial Aid

Who can apply?

Any person—the player, a coach, a parent/guardian, a relative, a family friend, a teacher, or other—may apply for financial aid on behalf of a child or team. If the application is submitted by a person less than 18 years of age, the applicant must submit the name and contact information for an adult reference who has viewed and approved of the application.

How do I submit an application?

The financial aid application is an online form. You will need an account at www.discnw.org to apply. Please log on to your user account and select the appropriate online application below. The online form must be completed in one sitting, so please allow 15-30 minutes to apply.

If you need a paper application, please email youth.financial.aid@discnw.org

What is the application deadline?

The deadline is stated on the webpage of the event for which you are requesting support. DiscNW reserves the right to deny any financial aid application received after the deadline.

Is my information private?

The information on the application will be viewed only by the Financial Aid Committee (see below), and that committee’s members will not share the information with any other parties without the applicant's consent.

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Financial Aid Availability and Decisions

How much financial aid is available?

The amount of financial aid available varies by event and year. Unfortunately, the Financial Aid Committee is not always able to award aid to all applicants. Full financial aid is rarely awarded. Applicants are usually asked to cover some portion of the event fee.

Who makes financial aid decisions?

The Financial Aid Committee (FAC) is the entity responsible for making financial aid decisions. Each event has its own FAC, which is made up of the following persons:

  • The coordinator(s) for the event(s) to which the application pertains.
  • The DiscNW Director of Youth Operations.
  • The DiscNW Director of Community Outreach & Development.
  • The DiscNW Executive Director.

In the event of a conflict of interest within the committee, the committee member with the conflict shall be excluded from decision-making for the case(s) in question. In this event, or if for any other reason the committee is reduced to a size of two or smaller, secondary committee members shall be recruited from the following groups:

  • Other DiscNW staff.
  • DiscNW youth committee or task force members.
  • Coordinators of other DiscNW youth events.

How are decisions made?

After the application deadline for the event in question, the Financial Aid Committee considers all applications simultaneously and determines the following for each applicant:

  • Whether or not financial aid will be awarded.
  • The amount of financial aid, if awarded.
  • The requirements for award recipients.

See the Financial Aid Criteria section below for information on factors considered by the FAC.

When are decisions made?

In most cases, the Financial Aid Committee will notify applicants of their award decision sometime between the application deadline and the payment deadline stated on the event webpage.

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Financial Aid Criteria

Financial need is the most important factor affecting the strength of an application. Applications that do not demonstrate financial need are not considered. The FAC considers the indicators of financial need outlined below.

Team Applications:

  • The overall financial need at the applicant’s school. For Washington State public schools, the primary indicator considered is the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price meals. This information can be found on the Washington State Report Card on the website for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Applicants with less than 25% of students on free or reduced meals are not typically considered for aid. Applicants from outside of Washington State or from private schools are encouraged to reference other data that demonstrates the need at their school.
  • Availability of other sources of support. Applicants that demonstrate failed attempts to acquire support from their school or sponsorship from a business or other outside source will be considered favorably for financial aid from DiscNW. Applicants that have not attempted to seek other support, especially school support, are not disqualified from applying, but they will be considered less favorably.
  • Distance traveled. Traveling teams naturally have higher expenses and thus may require more support than local teams.
  • Other factors. Additional considerations not encompassed above should be explained in the essay portion of the application.

Individual Applications:

  • Financial aid received at school. This includes tuition or meals.
  • Monthly household income. The FAC considers income before taxes, as it relates to household size.
  • Other factors.  Additional considerations not encompassed above should be explained in the essay portion of the application.

Secondary Criteria for Team and Individual Applications

In the event that aid is limited and two or more applicants demonstrate similar need, the following criteria will be used as a tiebreaker (in no particular order):

  • Service to the sport. A demonstrated history of volunteering, or an agreement to volunteer for an upcoming event, both contribute positively to the strength of a financial aid application.
  • Spirit of the Game. This includes factors such as registering on time, cooperating with and demonstrating respect for opponents and DiscNW staff/volunteers, showing up for registered events, and representing the sport of ultimate in a positive light—on and off the field.
  • Experience. The applications of novice teams/individuals are favorably considered.

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