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Kickstart Your Planning Career With APA — for Free!

It's easier and more affordable than ever for students and new planners to get started in APA. In fact, membership is now free for any student actively enrolled or matriculated in any university or college degree program. It remains free for the duration of an individual's studies. "Free" includes APA, APA chapter, and AICP membership as well as membership in up to five APA divisions. Student members will be eligible for two years of reduced dues after ending their studies.

With free membership and lots of benefits, the American Planning Association is where you belong!

APA partners with many university programs to bring APA membership and its benefits to their students.

Please contact the program administrators or contact APA if you have any questions.

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Why Belong to APA?


Not a Student?

APA membership is open to everyone who is committed to applying the benefits of planning to create communities of lasting value.

  • Learn more if you're a planning or zoning board member or commissioner or an elected or appointed official
  • Learn more if you're a practicing planner
  • Learn more if you live outside the United States
  • Learn more if you're an educator
  • Learn more if you work in an affiliated profession or you are an interested nonplanner

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