Membership FAQs

If you are engaged in international education, exchange, or global workforce development your NAFSA membership gives you access to almost 10,000 other international educators, as well as professional information including International Educator magazine, NAFSA.news, best practices and trends, special member-only rates on the NAFSA products, and professional development opportunities you need to excel in your career.

Who Can Join NAFSA and How do I Apply?

Any individual, who is interested in furthering NAFSA's mission and wants to engage with a community of leaders in the field of international education, is encouraged to join the association.

Apply for membership online or by completing the membership application and returning it with payment by fax or mail. If you need assistance applying for membership, contact our offices at 1.202.737.3699 or send membership a message.

What Types of Membership Are Offered and How Much Does it Cost?

Individual Member - $459
Individual Members are involved and connected to the field of international education and exchange and work at a secondary or post-secondary institution, law firm, medical or research center, or at an organization, association, nonprofit, business, or government. This membership type is transferrable one-time within the first 6 months of purchase.

New Member - $199
New Members are joining NAFSA for the very first time or a current NAFSA student member. Individual Members are involved and connected to the field of international education and exchange and work at a secondary or post-secondary institution, law firm, medical or research center, or at an organization, association, nonprofit, business, or government. This membership type is non-transferrable.

Retired Professional - $153
Retired Professionals are engaged and connected to the field of international education and exchange. If you are retired, contact membership to submit documentation of retirement status. This membership type is non-transferrable.

Student Member - $153
Student members are enrolled as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution with an interest in the field of international education and exchange. If you are a student, contact membership to submit documentation of full-time enrollment. This membership type is non-transferrable.

A $20 processing fee is applied for first-time members.

NAFSA reserves the right to verify eligibility for all membership categories.

What are the Benefits of NAFSA Membership?

NAFSA membership provides unmatched access to best-in-class programs, information, and resources.

NAFSA members receive exclusive discounts on most NAFSA products, services, and events. Visit the Member Savings Opportunities page to review the full list of benefits and explore the NAFSA Member Commitment today.

NAFSA members receive exclusive discounts on most NAFSA products, services, and events.

  • Individual, New, and Retired Members: 25% Savings on most products, programs, and services (including Annual Conference)
  • Student Members: 45% Savings on most products, programs, and services
Can I Share My Membership Benefits/Discounts with Co-Workers?

Membership benefits are tied to a specific individual membership ID. Only that individual will receive membership benefits and discounts on materials, conferences and events. Membership cannot be shared.

How Do I Get A NAFSA ID Number or Create a Profile?

Creating a profile is easy and takes only a few minutes. Visit the Create Your NAFSA Account page.

What Methods of Payment Are Accepted for Membership Dues?

NAFSA accepts all major credit/debit cards, checks and wire transfers. For your security, NAFSA does not accept credit card information over the phone or by email.

Credit/debit card payments are processed securely online at https://shop.nafsa.org/dues.aspx or by submitting via secure fax to 1.202.737.3657.

Credit/debit card or check payments may also be mailed with your application or invoice to:

NAFSA Membership Department
P.O. Box 79159
Baltimore, MD 21279-0159

For Wire Transfer information, contact membership for instructions and details.

When Does My Membership Expire?

NAFSA membership operates on an anniversary model. Membership is valid for one complete year until the end of the month in which it was purchased. For example, if you purchase membership in the month of June, your membership does not expire until the end of June of the following year.

Can a Membership be Transferred?

Some NAFSA membership categories may be transferred provided they meet NAFSA’s Membership Transfer Guidelines. Transfer requests take 3-5 business days to be completed.

NAFSA Membership Transfer Guidelines:

  • An employer who has paid for the individual membership of an employee may request to permanently transfer a membership to a non-member individual who is employed by same institution or organization.
  • A membership may only be transferred one-time, within the current membership year.
  • Student, Retired Professional, and New Member categories are non-transferrable.

To request a NAFSA Membership Transfer:
Please send your request to membership with the following information:

  • State the reason for requesting the membership transfer.
  • Provide the name, title, institution / organization, NAFSA ID number, and email address of the membership that is being transferred.
  • Provide the name, title, institution / organization, NAFSA ID number, and email address of the individual assuming the transferred membership. Please create a NAFSA ID number for the individual assuming the transferred membership at www.nafsa.org if no NAFSA ID already exists for this individual or contact NAFSA Membership for assistance.

Please note that every individual is assigned a unique NAFSA ID. A NAFSA ID may not be reassigned to another individual.

Does NAFSA offer institutional memberships?

NAFSA does not offer institutional memberships, however, most NAFSA memberships are paid through institutions. An institution that has paid for a membership "owns" the membership and may transfer a current membership to another person at that institution when they leave, for example.

Each member has a unique NAFSA ID number. Your NAFSA ID number will always be yours. If you've created a NAFSA profile without purchasing a membership, that profile ID number will become your membership ID number when you purchase your membership.

Can an Institution Request a Group Bill for All Its Employees to Renew/Purchase Membership?

Yes! Please identify one person to be the Group Bill Manager for all your institution's memberships. Contact membership for instructions on how to set up a group bill account.

How Do I Update My NAFSA Profile and Communication Preferences?

Updating your profile and communications preferences is the best way to ensure you receive the NAFSA information you want in the way you want it. NAFSA offers you an easy way to manage your profile by logging on to the My NAFSA Profile to make edits. If you encounter any issues, please contact membership.

I Forgot My Login Credentials. Where Can I Retrieve My Username/Password?

You may retrieve your login credentials here. Simply enter the email address associated with your My NAFSA account. An email allowing you to reset your password or recover your username will be sent to that email address. If you do not receive the link to reset or recover your password, please be sure to check your SPAM filters. For security reasons, we cannot give anyone access to another individual's account. NAFSA protects the privacy of each account holder and is committed to building user trust and confidence by promoting, and complying with, business practices that help protect your privacy. Contact membership if you have further questions or you are locked out of your account.

Can I Publicize My Membership on My Website?

Members may publicize their membership, provided they make clear that they as an individual are a member, and not their organization. Members may not imply that NAFSA has reviewed or endorsed their programs or activities, or that NAFSA membership confers any endorsement.

Use of the NAFSA logo, in either print or digital materials, without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

What is a Global Partner?

All universities, corporations, and businesses who share NAFSA's mission and would like to have access to unique marketing opportunities are invited to join NAFSA's Global Partnership Program. Your organization will be listed as a current Global Partner, receive a special NAFSA logo to use, and receive special discounts, including on memberships. In addition, staff within your organization can still hold individual NAFSA memberships.

How Can I View the List of NAFSA Members?

By joining NAFSA's incredibly vibrant and welcoming community, you can connect, communicate, and collaborate online through Network.NAFSA.

NAFSA Members can view the Member Directory within Network.NAFSA. Click the "Member Directory" link found in the main navigation bar. The Directory lets you search for other members based on:

  • First and/or last name
  • Company/Institution name
  • Email address

Switch to the "Advanced Search" tab to increase your search to:

  • City
  • State
  • Country
  • Community
  • Education

Non-members can view our Mailing List Rental opportunities to learn more about the easiest and best way to reach NAFSA's members.