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Financial Aid

Financial Aid Makes Girl Scouts Possible

Every girl deserves the opportunity to experience the lifelong, leadership building benefits of Girl Scouts, regardless of their financial situation. Each year, we invest significant resources to ensure all girls can become Girl Scout members. Our Financial aid funds extend the hand of sisterhood to girls unable to afford the basic costs of Girl Scouts: membership fees, uniforms or books, and programs that ignite their confidence to change the world.

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Membership Fees

Whether you’re new to Girl Scouts or renewing your membership, you can request financial aid for the annual $25 national Girl Scouts membership fee. Find more information in the FAQs below.

How to Request Membership Financial Aid for Girls
Requesting membership financial aid must be done during the online registration process. When registering online, check the box next to “Request FA” on the payment page. (It is the second-to-last screen before the registration process is complete.) After registering and requesting financial aid, you will receive an email with a link to the membership financial aid application. Be sure to check your spam and junk folders!

How to Request Membership Financial Aid for Co-Leaders
Begin the online registration process, continue to the payment screen, then close out of the page. A Girl Scouts staff member will contact you about completing your registration. Inform the staff member that you want to request financial aid, and they will send you a link to the application.

Do you have a WellCare Medicaid Health Plan?
WellCare of Nebraska provides Girl Scout memberships at no cost to all girls and adults with a WellCare Medicaid Health Insurance Plan. Applying for a WellCare membership must be done during the online registration process. When registering online, check the box next to “Request FA” on the payment page. (It is the second-to-last screen before the registration process is complete.) After registering and requesting financial aid, you will receive an email with a link to the membership financial aid application. Be sure to check your spam and junk folders!

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Uniforms or Books

Uniforms and books are critical components of the Girl Scout experience. Financial aid may be requested for a tunic or vest (Daisies only) or sash and other uniform pieces (troop numbers, Spirit of Nebraska council identification patch, and a flag patch), or a Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and a Journey book. Find more information in the FAQs below.

The uniform or book financial aid application is included in the membership financial aid form that will be emailed to you after you complete the online registration process. Be sure to check your spam and junk folders.

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Program, Camp, and Travel Fees

To give all girls the opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, we offer financial aid for up to 50 percent of the cost of council-sponsored programs, camps, and travel. Please be aware that deposits are NOT part of the assistance amount and must be paid for by the participant at the time of registration. You must register for the program, pay the deposit or 50 percent of the program fee to secure your spot, and then complete the financial aid application.

To apply for program, camp, or travel financial aid, complete the below application.

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Troop Dues and Co-Leader Materials for New Troops

Troop dues may be requested for new troops at a one-time maximum of $10 per girl. Registered co-leaders of new troops only may request aid for one Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for the troop’s grade level. To request financial aid for new troop materials and/or dues, contact Member Support for the link to the application form.

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Additional Special Funding Requests

Funds from generous donors make Girl Scouting available to girls participating in our partnership agencies, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, CASA, PromiseShip, TeamMates, and Nebraska Friends of Foster Children. These funds are available for girls to use for membership, books/uniforms, and program fees. To request special funding financial assistance, please complete the below application.

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Financial Aid FAQs 

What applicant information is needed for the financial aid application?

All information about the girl or co-leader requesting aid must be filled out entirely, including the five-digit troop number (if known). A separate application must be completed for each girl and/or adult.

When completing the financial aid application, how do I calculate my total annual household income (pretax)?

Add all annual income from wages, unemployment benefits, child support, social security, state aid, and any additional miscellaneous income. The total must include income from all household members. Also, please explain why aid is needed.

What can girls request financial aid for?

Annual Membership Registration – Aid may be requested for up to $25 per girl.

Uniform or Books – Registered girls may request aid for a tunic or vest (Daisies only) or sash and other uniform pieces (troop numbers, Spirit of Nebraska council identification patch, and a flag patch), or a Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and a Journey book. If approved, aid can be used only in Spirit of Nebraska Juliette’s Boutique stores. The applicant is responsible for any shipping charges incurred. Refunds cannot be issued for uniform pieces or books already purchased.

Programs – Registered Girl Scout members may request aid for up to 50 percent of the cost of council-sponsored programs, camps, and travel. All deposits must be paid before financial aid will be processed. A registration form and financial aid application must be received at least four weeks before the event to ensure adequate time for processing.

What can co-leaders or troops request financial aid for?

Annual Membership Registration – Aid may be requested for up to $25 per co-leader. To apply, begin the online registration process, continue to the payment screen, then close out of the page. A Girl Scouts staff member will contact you about completing your registration. Inform the staff member that you want to request financial aid, and they will send you a link to the application.

Troop Dues – Troop dues may be requested for new troops only at a one-time maximum of $10 per girl. Girls’ names must be listed in the troop dues section of the form and the girls must be registered members in the troop requesting aid.

Co-Leader Books – Registered co-leaders of new troops only may request aid for one Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for the troop’s grade level. Aid can only be used at Spirit of Nebraska Juliette’s Boutique stores. The co-leader is responsible for any shipping charges incurred. Refunds cannot be issued for books already purchased.

Contact Member Support for a link to the application form for troop dues and co-leader books.

Who can submit a financial aid application?

A parent or guardian must submit the application for girl requests. Co-leaders must submit their own requests.

How are financial aid awards determined?

Financial aid awards are based on a combination of factors including income, household numbers, extenuating circumstances, and available funds.

How long will it take to process my financial aid application(s)?

Please allow at least three weeks for processing.

How will I know if my financial aid application was awarded?

You will receive an email once a determination is made on your aid request. If, after three weeks, you have not received a notification, you may contact Member Support at 800.695.6690 or by email. If awarded uniform or book assistance, visit any Spirit of Nebraska Juliette’s Boutique for redemption. Dues for new troops will be deposited in the troop’s bank account.

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Questions?

Contact Member Support by email or call 800.695.6690.