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The YMCA of Tuscaloosa embraces people of all ages, incomes, abilities, religions and ethnic backgrounds; we're for everyone. We work to break barriers of isolation and create the connections between people that add meaning to life. Individuals and families who cannot afford to pay full price for memberships or our programs still deserve the life-enriching experiences the Y offers. At the Y, we never turn anyone away because of an inability to pay.

Participants with a financial need are encouraged to apply for scholarships for any portion of the program fee that is not affordable. The YMCA uses a sliding scale to evaluate each applicant on an individual basis. Let us know your need, and we will work to help you.

Financial Assistance FAQ

  • What is the YMCA's mission?
    I Believe 2016 Video The Y's mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build heathy spirit, mind and body for all. We are excited that our brand new facility will enable us to further our work in our three areas of focus: Heathy Living, Youth Development, and Social Responsibility.
  • What are the YMCA hours of operations?
    The Tuscaloosa YMCA Family Cener is open M-Th from 5:00am to 9:00pm, Friday from 5:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday from 6:00am, to 4:00pm, and Sunday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Child Watch is open M-Sa from 8:30 to 11:30pm, M-F from 4pm-7pm.
  • What does my membership include?
    Your membership gives you full access to our new 6500 sq. ft. Wellness Center, a variey of free group fitness classes, state-of-the-art group cycle classes, free access to the Child Development Center, access to programs and more!
  • How can I get started if I'm a new member?
    Ask our Member Servics staff for a tour of our brand new facility! Once you are familiar with the space, check out our Group Fitness calendar and try a class. Or, begin working out on our new equipment in our Wellness Center. Wellness staff are available to help you with any of the equipment or to answer any questions you have. We recommend having one of our staff introduce you to our new, state-of-the-art equipment so you can become familiar with it before exercising!
  • Can I join a class anytime?
    Yes! Members have complete access to all classes, and need only to join in! The only exception to this is Group Cycle, which has a specific number of bicycles. Passes for group cycle are required and will be available at the Member Services Desk 30 minutes before each class. We ask that each paricipant acquires a pass at the desk and hand it to the instructor before class begins.
  • Do I have to pay for classes or are they included in my membership?
    All classes are included in membership! Non-members and guests may pay a day pass of $15 to paricipate in a class.
  • What can my kids do at the Y?
    We now have Child development for ages walking to 13 years old. Our Child Development Center is a space where children can have fun, complete homework, do crafts, do fun exercise activities, and more while their parents are exercising or taking a group fitness class! This space is free for all members to utilize.
  • Do you have programs for seniors?
    We are pleased to offer classes specifically designed for seniors. Our "Silver Fitness" program is available to all members, especially those in our partner memberships of Silver Sneakers, Silvers & Fit, and BeWell (AARP). These classes include Silver Sneakers Yoga, Zumba Lie, Gentle Yoga, and Barrer & Body Lite that are held at convenient times in the morning and noon hours. We also host bingo and other fun events aimed towards our senior population!
  • Can I cancel anytime?
    At the Y there is no contract, only an intial 30-day period that is paid at the beginning of the membership. After this time, membership continues to be drafted on a rolling monthly basis until you tell us you would like to discontinue your membership. To do so, we ask you to complete a form at our Member Services desk. All terminations are contingent on a 30-day notice for billing purposes.
  • When will you have a pool or basketball gym?
    The Y continues to vigorously fundraise so we can continue to grow! Now that we have moved into our new wellness facility, we are continuing to focus on raising funds to build a new indoor basketball facility and outdoor pool facility on the grounds of our current location. If you would like to donate to either of these additions, please see any of our staff!
  • What should I wear/bring with me to work out?
    We advise you to wear comfortable clothes – they do not have to be fancy or expensive. We do require all members to wear athletic shoes in the Wellness Center, as well as appropriate attire.
  • What classes do you have?
    The Y has many classes and programs for all ages and activity levels. The best way to view class offerings is by clicking on the “Schedule” tab above!
  • Is there someone who can show me how to use the machines?
    Yes! Our Wellness Staff is well-versed in our new Cybex equipment and is happy to work with you as you learn each machine. If you are interested in a more dedicated orientation, please contact our Wellness Coach, Michael!
  • Are there towels available?
    Due to COVID-19, we have suspended towel service until further notice.
  • Can I bring guests?
    Members are allowed to bring guests at the day pass rate of $10. We ask each guest to bring their ID with them to hold at the Member Services Desk while in the facility. First-time visitors to our new facility are able to exercise or try a group fitness class for free! Please tell the Member Services staff if it is your first time in the facility to obtain your free 3-Day pass.
  • Can I use other YMCA’s?
    The Tuscaloosa Family YMCA participates in the Nationwide Reciprocity program, in which any YMCA Member can visit any YMCA in the US for free! Simply tell the Member Services staff at the other Y location that you are from Tuscaloosa, and you will be able to scan in and use the facility! Likewise, members of other Y’s are able to use our facility as well. If you are unsure, it is best to call the YMCA you will be visiting to see what their policy is.
  • What is the cost of membership?
    The Tuscaloosa YMCA Family Center now takes part in My House pricing, which allows different family types in our community the flexibility to choose the membership type which best fits their household. These rates vary depending on membership type and age, and can be viewed on our “Membership” tab above! In addition, the Y is always accepting Scholarship and Financial Assistance applications, which can be applied towards membership dues. No one is turned away from the Y for the inability to pay!
  • Do you have personal trainers?
    Yes! Please see our Personal Training page for details, contact our trainers at, or catch our Wellness Coach Michael Johnson for more details.
  • Can I freeze my membership?
    Please contact our Membership team if you would like to freeze your account. We are more than happy to work with you and your membership dues as needed to fit around vacation, medical issues, etc.
  • Can I reserve a room to conduct my own event or fitness class?
    We no longer offer external rentals for our facility. However, dependent on your organization and purpose of request we would be glad to discuss potential opportunities to help you better serve our community.
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