About Membership & Fees

Membership in International ACAC is open to institutions, organizations and individuals who are engaged in work related to assisting students in the transition from secondary school to postsecondary studies. 

Review the the following TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP - then visit our Membership Application Page and JOIN NOW

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Your membership dues are...

A College or University

College/University - Primary Membership
*A primary member is required
for each institution.




College/University - Additional Membership



A Secondary/High School

Secondary School - Primary Membership

High School



Secondary School - Additional Membership

High School


A Non-Profit Organization (with more than 3 employees)

Non-Profit - Primary Membership
*A primary member is required
for each organization.




Non-Profit - Additional Membership



 A Community Based Organization (CBO)

CBO - Primary Membership
*A primary member is required
for each organization.
 Organizational  $50


CBO - Additional Membership



A For-Profit Organization (with more than 3 employees)

For-Profit - Primary Membership
*A primary member is required
for each organization.




For- Profit - Additional Membership



A small organization (with 3 or fewer employees)

Individual Membership




Individual Membership




Retired Professional Membership



Changing School/Institution?

Membership in the International ACAC is linked to the individual and accounts are intended to stay with individuals throughout their careers.  When a member changes jobs, it is their responsibility to notify International ACAC and request an update to their profile.  

  • Dues already submitted will remain credited to the existing profile UNLESS a formal request is made to transfer the dues paid to another staff member within the institution or organization.
  • If a new job necessitates a switch in member category at a higher dues rate, the balance in dues may be assessed at the time of the update.  
  • Information on job changes that will occur over the summer should be submitted between May 15th and June 1st if the member would like their new role reflected in conference badges and publications.

Notes on Membership Types and Eligibility

- The membership year is tied to the calendar year (January 1st through December 31st).  

-  All colleges, universities, secondary schools, and organizations (both CBOs, non- and for- profit, with more than 3 employees) must designate a "Primary Member."  Additional employees of the same institution or organization may join under the "Additional Member" categories.

- Institutional members must be paid employees of the institution listed on their application.

- Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) are defined as, "Organizations whose primary function is to provide pro-bono college counseling services directly to students.  The students they serve should have limited opportunities to access information about higher education and be located in a specific geographic zone."

- Independent counselors who hold voting membership in NACAC may register in the "Individual" category, regardless of the size of their organization.  If that organization has more than 3 employees, it is possible that co-workers who do not have voting membership in NACAC would join under the "For Profit Organization" category.

-  Beginning with the 2016 membership year, new applicants in the Individual and Organizational categories must provide a reference from a current International ACAC institutional member.  A list of 2017 institutional members is available here.  For current members who need a reference guide on how to write an effective letter of reference, please see our Membership Reference Protocol Guide

- New Individual and Organizational applicants will be approved or contacted by the Membership Committee within two weeks of submitting their application.  Approved applicants will receive an invoice for dues and will not be activated until payment is received.

- Organizations that offer college counseling services to students and also partner with colleges and universities to offer recruitment services are not eligible for International ACAC membership.  

- For-profit colleges and universities are not eligible for membership in International ACAC.

- **Note!** International ACAC reserves the right to cancel membership if dues remain unpaid for more than 30 days after renewal or approval.  

- Additional details on membership policies are available in the Policy and Procedures Manual.

Voting and Associate Nonvoting Classification

International ACAC members in the above categories are either classified as "Voting" or "Associate Nonvoting" members. 

Voting membership classification is extended to:

  • Accredited educational Institutions 
  • Not-for-profit organizations whose primary activities consist of providing counseling, admission, or financial aid services to students or to the college admission counseling or financial aid professions.
  • Individuals who perform the majority of their duties outside of the United States
  • Individuals who work in the United States whose primary duties are international
  • Retired professionals who were actively engaged in providing counseling, admission or financial aid services

Voting Members may not be voting members of any other NACAC affiliate.  

Associate nonvoting membership classification is extended to:

  • Educational institutions, organizations and individuals that are voting members of another NACAC affiliate
  • Colleges and universities that are active candidates for accreditation
  • For-profit organizations that provide products and/or services to the counseling, admission or financial aid professions or in support of students in the International ACAC region in the transition to postsecondary education
  • Individuals employed by nonvoting member institutions and organizations whose professional activities consist primarily of counseling, admission or financial aid services
  • Students seeking careers in counseling, admission or financial aid services

Membership Standards 

  • All Members of International ACAC must agree to follow the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
  • International ACAC is committed to bringing diversity to our organization and we seek to provide an environment in which diverse participants may learn, network and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual human respect.
  • We expect all members to conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner.  

Failure to adhere to these expectations may result in exclusion from future event, revocation of membership, or other disciplinary action, at the discretion of the Executive Board. 

For more detailed information on International ACAC membership, please refer to the International ACAC Bylaws.
To join, visit the Membership Application page.