University Student Affairs - Oregon


Fitness Benefits: Frequently Asked Questions 

LA Fitness | SamFit | Reimbursements | General Questions

LA Fitness

How do I sign up for a WesternU discounted gym membership?

Purchase your student membership on CashNet via the YouPortal (a.k.a the Student Portal)

Can I sign up at LA Fitness and receive the WesternU discount?

No matter what the staff at the gym say, do not sign up at the gym – you will not be reimbursed!

When will my WesternU discounted gym membership be active?

LA Fitness memberships are active August 1st – July 31st.

I already have an LA Fitness membership – what do I do?

If you want to take advantage of a WesternU discounted gym membership, you will need to break your current contract and purchase through CashNet. Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse you for a pre-existing contract with LA Fitness so this is the only option.

Can my family member join too?

Yes, your family can join for a discounted rate. Information on how to do so will appear on the YouPortal after you have purchased an LA Fitness membership for yourself.


How do I join SamFit?

Purchase the membership on CashNet via the YouPortal (a.k.a. the Student Portal)

How much does SamFit a membership cost?

Student memberships are $225.00 a year which will be charged to your student account

 Can my family member join too?

Yes. Your first family add on is $15.00 a month, and additional family members are $10.00 a month. Speak to your SamFit representative regarding family memberships

 Do I have to join SamFit by a certain date to receive the benefit from WesternU?

Yes, you will need to purchase the gym membership on CashNet no later than September 1st 

Do I have to join SamFit?

No, joining a gym is not a requirement

 How do I qualify for the $100 reimbursement from WesternU?

To receive a reimbursement from WesternU you must have proof of an active gym membership (not at SamFit) for the entire academic year (at least 10 months between July 1 and  June 30)

Does my family member receive a reimbursement from WesternU too?

No. The reimbursement offer is for students only


I want to join a gym/already belong to a gym other than LA Fitness– what do I do?

Sign up on your own at your desired club (other than LA Fitness), then submit a Fitness Reimbursement Form along with the required documentation and you may be reimbursed up to $100 per academic year

What is a “prepaid/annual” vs a “Month-to-Month” contract?

How do you pay for your membership? If you paid one fee (e.g. $199.00 for a one year contract) then you have a prepaid/annual membership. If you pay every month (e.g. $29.00 a month) then you have a month-to-month contract.

What documents are required to be eligible for the fitness reimbursement?

It really depends on how you pay for your membership, but first you will need to complete the Fitness Reimbursement Form

For a Prepaid Annual Contract – Submit original documentation showing proof of paid annual fitness membership (to any commercial health/fitness club other than LA Fitness)

  • Make sure your paperwork proves the membership is:
  • In your name
  • Paid in Full
  • Is active for the academic year

For a Month-to-Month Contract – Submit documents showing proof of payment to any commercial health/fitness club (other than LA Fitness) for a minimum of 10 consecutive months during the current academic year (July 1 through June 30). Copies of your bank or credit card statement would be acceptable (please block out any personal information other than your name and the specific charge showing the name of the health/fitness club).

This is where we’re getting the MOST QUESTIONS! We are held to very specific documentation requirements that are dependent upon how/when you paid. It’s VERY important that you review the fitness website before you sign up, so you don’t have to go back to the gym for additional documentation. Trust us, this will save you a lot of un-necessary leg-work! If you have questions about reimbursement requirements after reviewing the fitness website, email studentaffairs@westernu.edu or call (909) 706-3517.

What are the deadline dates to submit the proper documents?

Prepaid Annual Contract – The deadline is September 1st of every year.

Month-to-Month Contract – Do not submit proof of payment until you have made a minimum of 10 consecutive payments between the dates of July 1 and June 30. The final deadline is June 1st of every year.

If I go to the gym and sign up for LA Fitness, will I be eligible for the $100 reimbursement?

No, your LA Fitness membership would be not considered for reimbursement. The University already subsidizes fitness memberships to LA Fitness.

General Questions

Do I have to buy a gym membership?

No, it is not mandatory. It is a benefit we offer our students.