National APA and APA California provide a number of services geared to the needs and interests of students.

Get Great Deals

National APA knows students’ finances are tight. Student members receive all the benefits of regular APA membership — the flagship magazine Planning, Interact, discounts on APA books and reports — and more. Student members also get:

  • The New Planner, an electronic publication written especially for students, that includes features, opinions, book reviews, career tips, and campus spotlights.
  • Extra savings on subscriptions to the Journal of the American Planning Association and membership in APA’s 20 special-interest divisions.
  • Special low rates on chapter and national conference registration. There are even opportunities for national conference scholarships in exchange for some on-site volunteer time.
  • Opportunities for national, chapter, and division scholarships and fellowships.

Your First Year Could Be Free!

APA offers a free year of membership to third-year undergraduate and first-year graduate students in PAB-accredited or ACSP full member planning programs in the United States.

Learn more

Check with your department’s APA liaison to find out if your school participates.

Participating schools

Get in the Early Career Program

Join APA while you’re a student and you’ll automatically be enrolled in National APA’s Early Career Program. Program participants are entitled to three years as student members and two years as new professional members.

Once you’re in the program, it doesn’t matter where you are along your academic or career path. For five years, you’ll receive enhanced benefits — like discounts on conference registration, division membership, and publications — at rates far below what regular members pay.

More about Early Career

Student Track at State Conference

APA California now features at its annual conference an entire day of programs geared to the needs and interests of students.

California Student Scholarships

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) is a nonprofit, charitable corporation established to further the professional practice of planning in California. CPF achieves this goal through its primary activity of scholarships and awards to university students in financial need, who have demonstrated academic excellence at programs approved by the Planning Accreditation Board.

A secondary, but vitally important CPF activity is the sponsorship of workshops, publications and other continuing educational and professional development programs. CPF promotes the objectives of equal opportunity and social equity in all programs supported by contributions to CPF and fund-raising activities.

To further its mission to provide continuing education for practicing planning professionals, CPF periodically sponsors workshops on topical issues. All revenue from registration fees in excess of nominal workshop expenses goes to the Foundation’s scholarship endowment.

California Planning Foundation