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Reduced Fee Program#

Did you know the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department offers reduced fees for income-qualified participants? The goal of the reduced fee program is to minimize financial barriers for low-income residents to participate in programs and access facility amenities. 

Pass purchase is required to activate Reduced Fee discounts.

  • $50 Family Pass: includes 2 adults and no limit on children in the same household.
  • $30 Adult Pass: for those 18-59 years of age (not including those who are currently attending high school).
  • $10 Youth/Senior Pass: for those under 18 or 60 and over.

Things to know:
Passes are good for one year from the date of purchase.
You must reapply to the program every year.
City Park Pool passes are sold separately, see City Park Pool Pass tab to the right for details. 

  • There is no limit on the number of programs each eligible person may register for.
  • Discounts to programs and classes will be applied automatically after a pass is purchased. Registration can take place online, in person, or by phone.


  • Includes unlimited visits to City of Fort Collins Recreation Facilities
  • Beginner/Introductory classes receive 90% discount
  • Intermediate level classes, fitness classes, youth sports leagues, CARA Track & Cross-Country, SuperTots & Skyhawks receive 70% discount
  • Advanced/Competitive classes receive 10% discount

Excluded Programs#

  • Adult Sports Teams and Tournaments
  • Ticketed Events (Tot Gym, Social Dances, Treatsylvania, Ice Shows, etc.)
  • Private Instruction
  • Must have a current Reduced Fee Pass before purchase.
  • Passes cannot be shared, even within the same household.
  • City Park Pool passes expire at the end of the calendar year.
  Youth/Senior Adult
10 Admissions $10 $25
25 Admissions $25 $50

Did you know the City offers inclusion support at no extra cost? 

The City of Fort Collins welcomes individuals of all abilities to participate in any program listed in the Recreator. If you are interested in participation support due to conditions of a disability, please indicate any special needs when you register. Learn more about Adaptive Recreation Opportunities online here.

Who Can Apply & How Can You Apply?#

Those with a demonstrated financial need who are full-time residents of Fort Collins or reside within the surrounding growth management area* are invited to apply. Applicants must submit a complete application with all supporting documentation listed in the three categories below.

*Effective 11/1/2021

Applicants must provide one of the following materials for proof of income. 

  • A Poudre School District Free or Reduced lunch letter from the current school year.
  • Proof of current State or Federal Assistance, including but not limited to:
    • Medicaid (we do not accept copies of Medicaid cards as proof of coverage)
    • SNAP (Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program) (EBT cards are not acceptable proof)
    • SSI (Supplementary Security Income) or SSDI (Social Security Disability Income)
      • If SSI or SSDI is the only form of income and no tax return is filed, request a Benefit Verification Letter through
    • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) (WIC cards are not acceptable proof)
    • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
    • AND (Aid to the Needy Disabled)
    • OAP (Old Age Pension)
    • CCAP (Child Care Assistance Program)
    • Foster Care
    • Medicare Savings Program
    • Self-Sufficiency Program

You can obtain a Verification of Benefits from the Larimer County Human Services Office in person at: 1501 Blue Spruce Dr. #2000, or by phone: 970-498-6300

  • Social Security
    • If Social Security is the only form of income and no tax return is filed, you can submit a copy of your most recent Form SSA-1099 or SSA-1042, this is the only acceptable proof of Social Security income.
  • Tax Return
    • A copy of your most recent tax return (Form 1040).
    • We will be accepting 2021 tax returns until April 17, 2023. After that time we will only be accepting 2022 tax returns.

Total gross income for your household can be up to 185% of the current year’s Federal Poverty Level:

Monthly Qualifying Income for Reduced Fees#

Number of Persons per Household 2023 Federal Poverty Level Income (Medicaid) Up to Maximum 185% of Federal Poverty Level  Maximum Annual Gross Earnings
1 $1,215 $2,248 $26,973
2 $1,643 $3,040 $36,482
3 $2,072 $3,833 $45,991
4 $2,500 $4,625 $55,500
5 $2,928 $5,417 $65,009
6 $3,357 $6,210 $74,518
7 $3,785 $7,002 $84,027
8 $4,213 $7,795 $93,536
Add for Each Additional Person in HH $428 $792 $9,509

Applicants must provide one of the following materials for proof of residency within Fort Collins or the growth management area (GMA). 

  • A Poudre School District Free or Reduced lunch letter from the current school year.
  • A City of Fort Collins Utility Bill in your name.
  • Three pieces of mail with your name and address.

Unsure if you reside within the growth management area (GMA)? Enter your address using this tool.

Effective, 7/1/22 we no longer require identification or affidavit signatures to apply.

How to Submit#

There are two options to submit your application: 

  1. Paper Application
  2. Online Application

Can your application be submitted online? 
That depends on what you're using as proof of income to qualify. 

If you are using one of the following documents for income verification, you may submit an online application: PSD free/reduced lunch letter, most recent tax return, EBT/SNAP card, or American Connectivity Program confirmation letter.

If you are using any of the following forms of income verification, you must submit a paper application: Medicaid, SSI/SSDI, 1099 SSI, TANF, Department of Human Services verification of benefits, or any other proof of income not listed.

Once your application has been submitted, processing will take 7-10 business days. You will be notified of acceptance or denial via email, unless no email is given, then a letter will be mailed to the address on your application.

Paper Application

Download the Reduced Fee Application: Reduced Fee Application (English) or Precio Reducido (En Español).

Once you have completed the Reduced Fee application and gathered your supporting documents, you will need to bring in your application to one of the Recreation facilities listed below. Our front desk staff will then check your application materials to ensure you have all of the proper information.

Online Application

Online applications are only available for those using the following as verification of income:

• PSD Free/Reduced lunch letter
• Most recent tax return
• EBT/SNAP card
• American Connectivity Program confirmation letter

Submit Online Application


How and when will I be notified if I have been approved or denied?

Once your application has been submitted, processing will take 7-10 business days. You will be notified of acceptance or denial via email, unless no email is given, then a letter will be mailed to the address on your application.

What happens to my documents after my application is processed?

All supporting documents are securely shredded immediately after an application is processed. It is not possible for us to save and return supporting documents. Only your application form will be saved and filed for reference purposes.

Why do you not accept Medicaid, SNAP or WIC cards as proof of income?

We do not accept these materials because the cards do not indicate current coverage. Medicaid cards do not display dates of coverage, activation or expiration. Additionally, SNAP and WIC cards do not display the beneficiary's name or coverage dates. 

Why do you not accept pay stubs or W-2's as proof of income?

Qualifying income is based on 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. We must verify that all of your income was at or below this level for the entire year. We cannot verify this through pay stubs or W-2’s alone. Please refer to the income chart in the Income tab above to see if you meet this qualification.

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