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Student Membership Benefits

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Student Membership:

Student Members are sponsored by full-grade Members or Associate Members. The student must be studying or have an interest in an HVAC&R industry-related field. A student eligible for ASHRAE student membership is a person matriculated in an approved course of study in a university, college, junior college, or technical institute, who is being educated in the arts and sciences covered by the Society's objectives.

Student status terminates one year after leaving school or graduating. A student may advance from student to Associate member status during the first year following graduation through the SmartStart program. This allows a Student Member to join without paying the full membership dues fee at the time of application. For more information please visit the SmartStart page or contact the Assistant Manager of Student Activities.

Students residing in countries categorized as “Low Income” and “Lower Middle Income” by the World Bank List of Economies statistics qualify to participate in the Developing Economies Membership program, which offers a 50% reduction in annual dues. Qualifying applicants and renewing members will be automatically notified and given the option to participate in the program when joining and renewing online.

Benefits of Student Membership

Over 5,000 students are taking advantage of belonging to ASHRAE. The following areas represent the benefits you'll receive as a student member.

Monthly ASHRAE Journal

The official monthly publication of the Society explores issues such as indoor air quality, energy management, solar developments, and more.

ASHRAE Insights

ASHRAE's monthly newspaper, ASHRAE Insights, is devoted exclusively to news and information about the Society at every level including news of special interest to students. Students are encouraged to submit articles and pictures of current student branch activities, award presentations, etc.

The HVAC&R Industry eNewsletter

The HVAC&R Industry eNewsletter is produced in HTML format and issued on a weekly basis. Best of all, it's free to both ASHRAE members and non-members. Visit the HVAC&R Industry eNewsletter page to find out more about this benefit.

SmartStart Program

ASHRAE student members can continue receiving the many member benefits of ASHRAE after finishing college through the SmartStart program. The first year out of college annual membership is still only $25. Then it is only $100 for the second year and $130 for the third year. Learn More


As an ASHRAE student member, you may participate in the following programs the Student Design Project Competition, Grants-in-Aid, Society and Local Scholarships, and Student Branch Activities. All of these programs are designed to enhance your future as an HVAC&R professional.

  1. Enjoy discounted registration at the Annual and Winter ASHRAE Conferences
  2. The annual dues for ASHRAE student membership are $25.00 (This fee must accompany your application for membership.)

The Student Zone

The Student Zone web page offers valuable career and educational resources for ASHRAE Student Members. Students can obtain a list of accredited engineering institutions as well as tips on landing an exciting job in the HVAC&R industry.

Publication Discounts

The ASHRAE Student Store is your one-stop shop for ASHRAE books, standards, reports, charts, and more. Student members are eligible for special prices. Log in to browse discounted publications.

Student Membership Applications