Part of the SYSA mission is to teach the game of soccer as a component of developing well-rounded individuals, to develop youths to the best of their ability, and to foster a lifelong enjoyment of the game. We understand that for some, the expense of soccer can stand in the way of them reaping these benefits. As such, we offer a need-based financial aid program to help with registration fees.
- Each year, SYSA budgets a set amount for the financial aid program. While we try to address as much of the need as possible, financial aid amounts will be based on the number of players demonstrating financial need, the extent of that need, and the year’s financial aid budget.
- Financial aid determination is made once per year, prior to the fall season, or when a family first applies during the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) should funds still be available.
- Financial aid covers a portion of registration fees only. It does not cover uniforms, tournaments, travel, lodging, apparel, or miscellaneous expenses. Recipients are responsible for payment of all remaining fees in accordance with SYSA payment and play eligibility guidelines.
- In addition to financial aid, SYSA offers payment plans to help spread the registration fees over time.
Financial aid is awarded to families based on demonstrated financial need. Proof of one of the following must be provided:
- Participation in any of:
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- US Department of HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as the guide for financial aid eligibility
- Extenuating circumstances for players/families who do not qualify for one of the aforementioned government programs. Documentation of income must be provided as outlined in the application.
Among the criteria considered in determining whether to grant financial aid, and the appropriate amount of aid, are applicant family income, family size, player age, and the player’s relevant history with SYSA.
No one will be disqualified from consideration because of sex, race, color, creed or religious beliefs.
- All applicants must complete an application.
- The responsible party requesting Financial Aid must complete the application.
- All documentation for travel players must be submitted in round 1 prior to the due date for fall travel fees (typically in June or July).
- All documentation for recreation players must be submitted in round 2 prior to the due date for recreation fees (typically in August or September).
- Up to 75% of funds will be allocated in round 1, and at least 25% will be reserved for the round 2. Later applications will be considered to the extent funds are still available.
- Applications for financial assistance will be kept confidential.