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FAQ: Early-Career Dues

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

Additionally, APTA currently is offering a limited-time pilot opportunity for eligible members 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 Early-Career Dues pilot?
APTA and all chapters participate in the current Early-Career Dues program and offer 50% off national and chapter dues for members in their first year postgraduation.

Each year during the pilot, sections are invited to enroll, reenroll, or discontinue its participation in the Early-Career Dues program and pilot for members two to four years postgraduation. In 2020, the following sections participated in the program.

  • Acute Care
  • Aquatics
  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management
  • Education
  • Geriatrics
  • Health Policy and Administration
  • Home Health
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Private Practice
  • Research

Each year during the pilot, chapters are invited to enroll, reenroll, or discontinue its participation in the limited-time pilot opportunity for members two to four years postgraduation. In 2020, APTA and the following chapters participated in program.

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • 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
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

What do I need to do to receive Early-Career Dues savings at my next renewal?
Nothing! Your hard copy and online 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 Early-Career Dues savings?

  • 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 Early-Career Dues savings are applied. Your renewal notice will indicate career starter dues savings, if you're eligible.

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

I graduated from physical therapy school in 2016; will I qualify for Early-Career Dues savings at my next renewal in 2020?
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 Early-Career Dues savings?
Eligible Early-Career Dues members will continue to save 50% off national and chapter dues first year postgraduation. If your new chapter doesn't participate in the limited-time pilot for members two to four years postgraduation, appropriate Early-Career Dues savings will still apply to your national dues; however, chapter dues would be full.

Note: When relocating to a new state, members can switch chapter affiliation at any point during their current membership term or at renewal.

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

If my membership expires, am I still eligible for Early-Career Dues savings?
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 Early-Career Dues savings.

I graduated from my physical therapy program in 2006 and earned a postprofessional MBA degree in 2017. Am I eligible for Early-Career Dues savings?
No, Early-Career Dues 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 Post-professional student dues rate. Am I eligible for Career Starter Dues savings on top of those savings?
No, you must choose either the PT Post-professional student dues rate or the Early-Career Dues program.

I've completed my residency/fellowship and am currently assigned to the PT Post-professional student dues category. Am I eligible for Early-Career  Dues savings at my next renewal?
If you've graduated or completed your APTA-credentialed residency or fellowship program, you may qualify for reduced dues under the Early-Career Dues pilot (continuous membership required). To confirm eligibility or request this single-time exception to shift to the career starter dues program, 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.