Thursday, July 03, 2014 Early Career Dues Discount Program Extended Through 2018 As if new graduates need another reason to make sure they renew their APTA membership every year, eligible early-career physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) will continue to benefit from reduced APTA dues under a program that provides discounted rates for members up to 4 years after graduation. The decision to extend the program until 2018 was approved by the Board of Directors at its June 7 meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. APTA created the pilot program earlier this year to extend dues reductions to eligible members in years 2, 3, and 4 postgraduation, so that members receive 40%, 30%, and 20%, respectively off national and participating chapter dues—as long as their membership doesn’t lapse any time during the 4 years. APTA bylaws already stipulate that members receive 50% off national and chapter dues at their first renewal postgraduation. The program is optional for chapters, which are being asked to confirm their participation in 2015 by August 31 of this year. See APTA's Career Starter Dues webpage for frequently asked questions and more information.