As an organizer, you can charge members a fee to attend an event. Collecting event fees can offset costs of running a group like renting a venue, paying a speaker, or your organizer subscription.
Before you set an event fee, you must set up a PayPal account.
Setting an event fee
After setting up PayPal, you can set an optional fee when you create your next event.
Desktop / Mobile web
- When you schedule an event, scroll down to the Event fee section.
- Check This is a paid event.
- Choose a Method: Direct from member or PayPal.
- Confirm the Currency and Amount.
- Add an optional refund policy.
For more, watch our Community Support specialists walk you through setting up event fees in this video:
When an attendee RSVPs to an event, Meetup collects a service fee in addition to the full price of the event ticket. The service fee is collected on top of the ticket price, comparable to similar event ticketing platforms, and will not affect the amount transferred to organizers’ accounts.
Members will see this when they RSVP to a ticketed event:
In this example, the organizer charged $1 for the event ticket and the service fee is collected directly from the member on top of that ticket cost. This service fee goes to enhancing the ticketing experience and supporting an integrated checkout flow where your members can pay using PayPal, credit, debit, or Venmo.
The amount of the service fee depends on the price of the ticket.
A small transaction fee is also taken from the total amount an organizer charges per ticket. Please check with PayPal to determine the exact fees for your region, then adjust your event fee accordingly.