Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Financial Aid

This information is about the 2017 Gathering. Check back in mid-winter 2018 for information specific to the 2018 Gathering at the University of Toledo.

FGC wants Friends to attend the Gathering regardless of financial need. Register early to get highest priority for financial assistance. Scholarships and workgrants are available. It is possible to receive both a scholarship and a workgrant.

May 22nd update: Most of our scholarship money has already been allocated. There is limited scholarship assistance (between $60-200) available. We have a few specialized workgrants remaining.

Travel Grants for Western Children and Young Adults
What if My Financial Aid Need Is Not Met?


Most of the Gathering workgrants are for for 40% or 50% of undiscounted, basic fees for 2 to 4 hours of daily service at the Gathering. Workgrants are only available to adults (18 years and older, and not in the High School program), and are usually for returning Gathering attenders. We advise first-time attenders to request scholarship assistance instead of workgrants.

See a list of some of our workgrants.

How to Apply for a Workgrant

(a) Complete the High School or Junior Gathering staff application form,


(b) Answer the “Workgrant” questions when completing the Gathering registration form.   


Friends with financial need may request a scholarship from FGC when they register for the Gathering. Before May 1, priority is given to Friends attending meetings affiliated with FGC. This means that if you are from a meeting which is not affiliated and you register in April, your scholarship request will be considered on May 1.  Scholarship requests made after April 30 will be considered regardless of meeting affiliation.

How to Apply for Scholarship Assistance

Complete the "Scholarships" section when registering for the Gathering. Include a request for a specific amount. Registering early increases the likelihood of obtaining the maximum scholarship. FGC recommends that you register as early as possible, even if you do not yet know whether your meeting will be able to financially help you.

Maximum FGC Scholarships

Use this chart to determine the maximum scholarship for each member of your party. (Read a description of the Family Discount  to determine if you are eligible.)

Exceptions to maximum:  Thanks to special funding, young adults from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and newcomers ages 14-25 from Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends may be exempt from these maximums.  Other limited exceptions  to the maximums may be made in the event of extraordinary circumstances.

  Not Eligible for Family Discount Eligible for Family Discount
Adult (>35 yrs) $415 $385
Young Adult (18-35 yrs) $395 $365
High School $290 $275
Youth (12 yrs to 9th gr.) $270 $255
Child (5-11 yrs) $270 $255
Little Child (birth-4 yrs) $90 $80
3rd, 4th or 5th dependent n.a. see note
HALF GATHERING (>35 yrs) $188 $172
HALF GATHERING (18-35 yrs, not High School) $181 $172
Part-Time (per day) $0 $0

Note:  A feature of the Family Discount is that 3rd, 4th and 5th dependents do not pay a program fee.  These dependents are always the youngest dependents in the family.  Their maximum scholarships would be:

  •  High School:  $203
  •  Youth, 12 years to rising 9th grade: $203
  •  Child, 5-11 years: $183
  •  Infant (birth-4 years): $0

More Information about Scholarships

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Travel Grants for Western Children and Young Adults

Thanks to a generous western donor, western Friends 35 years and younger are eligible for a travel grant of up to $200 per person, while funds remain.  To be eligible for this grant, you must meet the age requirements and live in the U.S. or Canada within or west of: New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. Apply for the travel grant when registering for the Gathering.

What if My Financial Aid Need Is Not Met?

If the financial aid provided to you is not enough to allow you to attend, you may cancel without penalty if you cancel within one week of learning of your financial aid award.