We urge all local SAA advisors to encourage their program’s new graduates to become Fellow members of the American Academy of Audiology. And, to make the transition easier, the Academy has developed a graduated dues system (known as the Fellow Up! Program) to show support for new audiologists. Once a student has graduated with a doctoral degree in audiology, successfully completed a national exam, and/or received a state audiology license, they can upgrade their student membership to Fellow status. What's even better is when they upgrade from their student membership to Fellow membership, they pay NO ADDITIONAL DUES for the remainder of their graduating year! IT'S FREE! This usually means at least half a year of free Fellow membership since most students graduate at the end of the spring semester.
When it comes time to renew for the next year, the Academy grants a $120.00 discount for first-year graduates, followed by a $80.00 discount for second-year graduates. The best part is that the money goes to the only organization of, by, and for audiologists. So, please encourage your recent grads to consider “Fellowing Up!” simply have them fill out an Upgrade Application online or, if they prefer a hard copy, sign and date the Code of Ethics, attach a copy of their Praxis scores or a copy of their audiology license, and e-mail/mail it to the address on the application. If you have any questions about the Fellow Up! Program, please e-mail the Membership Department.