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FAQ: Early-Career Dues Discount

What is the APTA Early-Career Dues Discount?
The APTA Early-Career Dues Discount is the way for you to save 50% (up to $270) off your national, chapter, and participating section dues in your first year postgraduation.

Additionally, APTA currently is offering a limited-time pilot opportunity for eligible members who are two- to four-years postgraduation to save on membership renewal. (The pilot has been approved through 2023 and is subject to change by the APTA Board of Directors.)

The discounts for the pilot are as follows:

  • 40% off national, participating chapter and participating section dues — second year postgraduation.
  • 30% off national, participating chapter and participating section dues — third year postgraduation
  • 20% off national, participating chapter and participating section dues — fourth year postgraduation

Is my Chapter or Section Participating in the APTA Early-Career Dues Discount pilot?
APTA and all chapters offer 50% off national and chapter dues for members in their first year postgraduation.

Each year, sections are invited to enroll, reenroll, or discontinue its participation in the Early-Career Dues Discount pilot for members who are two- to four-years postgraduation. Here are the 2021 section participants:

  • Acute Care
  • Aquatics
  • Cardiovascular & Pulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology & Wound Management
  • Education
  • Geriatrics
  • Hand & Upper Extremity
  • Health Policy & Administration
  • Home Health
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Pelvic Health
  • Private Practice
  • Research
  • Sports

Each year during the pilot, chapters are invited to enroll, reenroll, or discontinue its participation in the limited-time pilot opportunity for members who are two- to four-years postgraduation. Including APTA, here are the 2021 chapter participants:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

What do I need to do to receive the APTA Early-Career Dues Discount at my next renewal?
Nothing! Your membership renewal form will automatically reflect the appropriate savings if you're eligible. Refunds for prior renewals will not be provided.

How do I know if I'm eligible for the APTA Early-Career Dues Discount?

  • Make sure that your APTA student membership is active at graduation.
  • Maintain continuous APTA membership postgraduation.

What's the cost to renew my APTA membership?
Use the APTA Dues Calculator to estimate your national, chapter, and optional section dues before the Early-Career Dues Discount is applied. Your renewal notice will indicate discounts if you're eligible.

Note: APTA Early-Career Dues Discounts only apply to participating section dues.

I graduated from physical therapy school in 2019. Will I qualify for the APTA Early-Career Dues Discount at my next renewal in 2021?
Yes, as long as you've been an APTA member continuously since your last year as a physical therapy student through now.

My chapter is not participating in the pilot. Can I join a different chapter?
No, members are required to belong to the chapter of the state in which they live, work, or attend school (or an adjacent state if more active participation is possible).

What happens if I move and my new chapter isn't participating in the pilot? Am I still eligible for the APTA Early-Career Dues Discount?
Eligible members will continue to save 50% off national and chapter dues the first year postgraduation. If your new chapter doesn't participate in the limited-time pilot for members who are two- to four- years postgraduation, appropriate Early-Career Dues Discounts will still apply to your national dues; however, chapter dues would be full.

I was a student member in the past; however, my membership expired before graduation. Am I still eligible for APTA Early-Dues Discount savings?
No, to qualify for the Early-Career Dues Discount, your APTA student membership must have been current at graduation.

If my membership expires, am I still eligible for the APTA Early-Career Dues Discount?
No, continuous membership is required to qualify for subsequent phase(s) of Early-Career Dues savings.

Note: Student members at graduation have up to six months from their student expiration date to renew and still maintain eligibility for APTA Early-Career Dues Discount.

I graduated from my physical therapy program in 2012 and earned a postprofessional MBA degree in 2019. Am I eligible for the APTA Early-Career Dues Discount?
No, eligibility is based on the graduation date associated with your entry-level physical therapy program graduation date, not your postprofessional degree.

I'm completing a residency/fellowship and receive the PT postprofessional student dues rate. Am I eligible for the early-career dues discounts on top of those savings?
No, you must choose either the PT postprofessional student dues rate or the APTA Early-Career Dues Discount.

I've completed my residency/fellowship and am currently assigned to the PT postprofessional student dues category. Am I eligible for the APTA Early-Career Dues Discount at my next renewal?
If you've graduated from or completed your APTA-credentialed residency or fellowship program, you may qualify for reduced dues under the APTA Early-Career Dues Discount pilot (continuous membership is required). To confirm eligibility or request this single-time exception to shift to the APTA Early-Career Dues Discount, contact APTA's Member Services at 800-999-2782, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET, prior to your membership expiration date.