Financial Assistance 2020/2021
Since 1999, the Financial Assistance (FA) Committee has been committed to supporting soccer players who demonstrate financial need. Through fundraising and the generosity of our ISC membership, we have been able to provide the benefits of professional coaching and the positive atmosphere offered at ISC to hundreds of players over the years. With the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, and to ensure the continuation of the Financial Assistance programs in years to come, we have slightly modified WHO can apply for Financial Assistance for the 2020-2021 season. To that end, we will only be accepting FA applications from returning ISC players. First consideration will be given to returning FA assistance players from the 2019 – 2020 season, followed by returning ISC players who will be applying for FA for the first time.
The Iowa Soccer Club (ISC) offers a limited amount of financial assistance each soccer year for players participating in the ISC Advanced Year-Round Team Program and on a case by case basis to a few Practice-Only Program Plus Indoor players. ISC determines the amount of financial assistance based on income and financial need, NOT on soccer or athletic ability. Funds are raised by the voluntary efforts of ISC members.
Players seeking assistance must apply each year as follows:
- Returning ISC financial assistance players must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the next year’s financial assistance:
- Must have met all practice and game requirements as determined by the ISC coaching staff.
- Must have participated in the annual fundraiser.
If both of these requirements are met, returning players must have all paperwork turned in by June 1.
- New players requesting financial assistance must have all paperwork turned in PRIOR to his/her first game. Please note, no financial assistance applications will be accepted after the tryout period, except in the case of a player moving into the area after the tryout dates.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants must fill out the financial assistance application every year, including supporting documentation.
- Supporting documents include, but are not limited to, the first two pages of your 2018 federal income tax return that clearly shows number of dependents and adjusted gross income (AGI). Please note this information is kept confidential within the financial assistance committee.
Failure to pay the tryout fee or to submit a complete financial assistance application along with the federal tax form (by June 1 for returning financial assistance players and by the first tryout date for new financial assistance applicants) – will prevent a player from getting team placement on clinic/tryout notification day and will only be considered for financial assistance if funds are still available.
INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
To receive the maximum amount of financial assistance, the household AGI must be below the Department of Agriculture income eligibility guidelines for free meals. The committee may award assistance if AGI is higher than the amounts shown below if there are extenuating circumstances e.g. loss of job, medical expenses, etc. The following is only a guideline for determining assistance:
|Household Size||Annual Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)|
|Reduce price meals (185% of poverty guidelines)||*Free meals (130% of poverty guidelines)|
MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THAT THE ISC CAN AWARD AN INDIVIDUAL
If awarded the maximum amount of assistance, the assistance will cover the ISC coaching/admin fee, the ISC facility fee, and team fees for fall and spring/summer*. The Committee may also award partial assistance to applicants. All players receiving financial assistance, even those receiving full assistance, are responsible for some expenses as stated below.
FEES THAT ARE NOT COVERED EVEN FOR THOSE RECEIVING THE ISC FULL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PACKAGE
Maximum assistance does NOT include the annual clinic and tryout fee, the annual registration fee, uniform fees, and your personal travel expenses to and from practices, games throughout central and eastern Iowa, and tournaments (11U and above some out of state tournaments). Those receiving maximum assistance are responsible for paying the annual $25 Clinic and Tryout Fee, the annual $175 registration fee which is due by August 1 each year, and purchasing a uniform set which costs around $115. In addition, the assistance does not cover the cost of ISC Premier Soccer Camp, ISC BAGIL league, or ISC Men’s League.
REQUIRED FEES BEYOND FULL ASSISTANCE
|Annual Registration Fee||$185|
|All Indoor Leagues (1 session required)||$100/$155 per session|
|Travel expenses to/from practices, games, and tournaments||varies|
|Hotel and food expenses with out of state tournaments||varies|
|Estimated total minimum expenses||$540+/$595+|
Each age group for the ISC Advanced Year-Round Program and Practice-Only Program Plus Indoor has commitment expectations for practice, league games, and tournament attendance. Players receiving financial assistance must meet the same expectations as all of our year-round and POPPI players. They must complete the same minimum number of practices, league games, and tournaments. In addition, all players receiving financial assistance will be expected to participate in the club’s annual fundraiser for financial assistance. If commitment expectations are not met your financial assistance will be revoked.
The application can be returned at clinic/tryout registration, by email, or by regular mail.
Please contact Diana Arpey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Assistance Application
Download the ISC Financial Assistance Application at the link below: