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Financial Aid

Financial aid makes Girl Scouting 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.

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.

Who Qualifies for Membership Financial Aid?

Girls and troop co-leaders qualify for financial aid for the Girl Scouts membership fee. Adults that are not troop co-leaders qualify ONLY if they have WellCare Medicaid Health Plan or live in Rock County, NE.

How to Request Membership Financial Aid

For Girls
Requesting membership financial aid starts during the online registration process. When registering girls online, check the box next to “Request FA” on the payment page (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!

For Co-Leaders
Begin the online registration process, continue to the payment screen, then close out of the page. A Girl Scout 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.

If you did not receive an email with the link to the membership financial aid application, please use the link below.

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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 (Daisies only), vest or sash with identifying uniform pieces (troop numbers, Spirit of Nebraska council identification patch, and a flag patch), or a Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Find more information in the FAQs below.

Requesting uniform or book financial aid is done through the Membership Financial Aid application. Please see the Membership Fees section for the application link.

 

Program, Camp, and Travel Fees

To give all girls the opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, we offer financial aid may be requested for up to 50% of council-sponsored programscamps, and travel fees for girls, not for adult or sibling fees. 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% 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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New Troop Expenses

Troop dues may be requested for new troops (created in the current membership year) 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, complete the below applicaton.

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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 household.

What can girls request financial aid for?

Annual Membership Registration

Uniform or Books
Registered girls may request aid for a tunic (Daisies only), vest or sash with identifying 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 for Volunteers in a Co-Leader Role

Troop Dues
Troop dues may be requested for new troops (formed in the current membership year) at a one-time maximum of $10 per girl. Girls’ names must be listed in the troop dues section of the application and the girls must be registered members in the troop requesting aid.

Co-Leader Books
Registered co-leaders of new troops (formed in the current membership year) may request aid for one Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for the troop’s grade level. Financial aid may only be used at Spirit of Nebraska Juliette’s Boutiques. The co-leader is responsible for any shipping charges incurred. Refunds cannot be issued for books already purchased.

Can adults who are not troop co-leaders receive financial aid for Girl Scout membership?

Adults not registered as troop co-leaders will only receive financial aid for Girl Scout membership if they have a WellCare Medicaid Health Plan or reside in Rock County, Nebraska.

Who can submit a financial aid application?

A parent/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 up to 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.

Questions?

Contact Member Support by email or call 800.695.6690.