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STC members receive these and other benefits:

  • Discounts on STC's annual and regional conferences
  • Subscription to Intercom--STC's monthly magazine
  • Subscription to Technical Communication--STC's quarterly journal
  • Special Interest Groups (SIG)
  • Access to STC's jobs database

In addition, student members can enjoy networking opportunities, employment information as well as a sense of community, discussion of current issues/events, and scholarships provided by STC.

Student Membership

To be eligible for student membership, an applicant must be:

  • Enrolled in an accredited university, college, community college, or technical school
  • Taking at least two courses or their equivalent each term
  • Preparing for a career in technical communication

How to Apply

Non-students can apply online. Students cannot apply online because a faculty member's signature is required on the application form to qualify for a student membership. MSU students can download a printable application from

To apply:

  • Complete the application form
  • Obtain a signature from a STC faculty member
  • Mail the application with a check or money order for the appropriate amount to the STC office:

STC/Membership Department
901 North Stuart Street
Suite 904
Arlington, Virginia 22203-1822
Fax: (703) 522-2075

Student member dues are $75 with no enrollment fee. The membership dues are non-refundable and non-transferable, and must be renewed each year.

Membership Recognition

Individuals are admitted to the Society when the Society office validates their applications. The office sends a new member kit to new members, which includes the following information:

  • Who we are and what we do
  • Society-level special interest groups and enrollment form
  • Publications list and order form
  • Chapter contacts
  • Chapter listing and map
  • Certificate
  • Specialty gifts brochure and order form

Renewing STC Membership

Under the STC bylaws, the term of STC membership is from January 1 to December 31. New members who join on or after October 1 receive full credit for the following year. New members joining on or after July 1 (but before October 1) pay full dues for the remaining year (ending December 31). However, they receive a credit of 50 percent toward the following year's dues.

Individuals who have not renewed by the last day of February are automatically terminated.