Session FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Can I attend as an Individual Delegate?

Yes! More than one-third of delegates to the Congress attend individually. Complete the registration process, and fill-out the Roommate Request on the same page if you are interested in sharing a hotel room with other individual delegates.


Q. What are recommended travel plans? 

By Plane & Metro

The best way to travel will be by plane to Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA). From there, take the Blue Line on the DC Metro to the McPherson Square Station. Exit the station towards 15th St. NW, and walk two blocks to the Westin DC City Center at 1400 M Street NW.

By Personal Vehicle

If you’ll be driving a vehicle to the Assembly, parking anywhere in downtown Washington, DC will be pricey. Valet Parking is available at the Hotel for $50+ per night.

Another option is to park at the Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) parking lot. The parking rate is $25 per day for the main lots, and $5-10 for the Long-Term lots. From the airport, follow the directions above to take the DC Metro to the hotel.


Q. How do I use the DC Metro?

The Metro is the most affordable way to travel while in DC, while ride-sharing services like Uber are faster and pricier. Go to the DC Metro website to find information on how to use the system.


Q. Will we miss classes?

Thursday, February 1st is a travel day, with check-in beginning at 3:00pm at the hotel. The Orientation Meetings at 7:00pm are strongly recommended, but not required if you need to arrive later in the evening. This means most delegates will miss classes on Thursday, while those who are local to the DC area are encouraged to attend class before arriving in the evening.

All delegates will miss classes on Friday, February 2nd. The Congress will adjourn at 12:00pm on Sunday, February 4th after brunch and the Awards Ceremony. When booking your departure flights, we suggest departing no earlier than 2:00pm on Sunday to give you time to reach the airport.


Q. Can fees be paid as a group?

Yes. If your Campus YMCA Chapter or college/university prefers to pay as a group, you can send a check to our program office. If you have received RSO (Registered Student Organization) funding from your school and need information from our office to help your college process the payment, please send an email to


Q. Is Financial Aid available?

We do not have a financial aid program, but we can offer payment plans that will allow you to pay your registration fee over several installments. If you are interested in setting up a payment plan, please send an email to our