Students


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.

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!

Learn more

APA partners with many university programs to bring APA membership and its benefits to their students. Some on the list participate in a group enrollment program. Please contact the University Program Administrator or APA at studentmembership@planning.org if you have any questions.

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