Membership Types & Annual Dues

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NASW offers membership categories for every stage of your career, with corresponding annual dues. In exchange for dues, NASW Members benefit from a wide array of resources that enhance professional growth and keep members connected. From training and continuing education to credentials, ethics and legal advice, NASW provides career-enhancing tools and information. 

The more you use your membership, the more you benefit!

Regular Membership

Regular membership is open to anyone who has completed a BSW, MSW, DSW, or PhD in social work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited, or CSWE-recognized social work degree program; or a PhD/DSW in social work or social welfare. Annual dues are based on the highest completed degree.

  • MSW, DSW and PhD Full Membership annual dues: $225
  • BSW Full Membership annual dues: $150

Social Work Student Membership

Social work student membership is open to anyone currently enrolled in a CSWE-accredited social work degree program, or a program eligible for candidacy. Eligibility for the BSW and/or MSW student membership category is limited to four years for each degree over the lifetime of membership (does not need to be continuous). Doctoral student membership is for those enrolled in a social work or social welfare program. NASW student members may apply for discounted professional liability insurance for student field placement.

  • BSW and MSW Student Membership annual dues: $57
  • Doctoral Student Membership annual dues: $170

Associate Student Membership

Associate student membership is open to any applicant who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in a field other than social work, or a program not accredited by CSWE, and who does not hold a social work degree. Associate Student members are not eligible for a transitional member rate, and may not hold national or chapter elective office. Associate Student members may convert to Social Work Student members on entering a CSWE accredited program, or may become Associate members of NASW.

  • Associate Student Membership annual dues: $57

Transitional Membership

BSW and MSW student members who maintain continuous membership after graduation qualify for a transitional period with discounted membership dues. Eligible NASW transitional members may apply for discounted professional liability insurance for the first two years of professional practice.

  • BSW students are eligible for two years of transitional membership, with annual dues of $110.
  • MSW students are eligible for three years of transitional membership, with dues of $110 in years one and two, and dues of $170 in year three.

Associate Membership

Associate membership is open to anyone who has a professional interest in, or is supportive of, the issues addressed by, or the client populations served by, the social work profession. Associate members may not hold national or chapter elective office. After five years of continuous membership, associate members are granted the right to vote in national or chapter elections.

  • Associate Membership annual dues: $225

Retired Membership

Retired membership is open to any current active member who is at least 55 years of age, is fully retired from social work practice, and has been a full dues paying member of NASW.

  • Retired Membership annual dues: $70

Value at Every Stage of Your Career

Every year NASW taps the energy, creativity and enthusiasm of thousands of professionals-in-training. More than 20,000 social work students join NASW at a discount while they are in school to enhance their studies, learn advocacy techniques, and find knowledgeable mentors in the work world.

Leaders in the social work profession can be found in every facet of community life and at national decision-making organizations. NASW helps leverage insight and innovation from the best researchers and practitioners in the social work field for public acknowledgement and leadership development.

New Professional
Former student members continue to receive a discounted transitional membership during their first few years as working professionals. NASW helps new social workers get up to speed on work place expectations, state licensure requirements, and career options across diverse fields of practice.

NASW Social Work Pioneers® have been shaping the profession and the Association since its inception. They continue to influence social policies and increase the profession’s influence through their decades of dedicated membership.

Moving to a leadership role requires fine-tuned practice skills and the ability to get work done managing other professionals. NASW’s vast network makes it easier to find peers who are also moving to management, and helps members to access online continuing education to enhance skills.

Advance, Connect & Practice with Confidence


As an NASW member, you have access to tools and resources that will help you advance your career, protect your practice, connect with peers, and advocate for social work.