You Can Get Help Paying Your Dues

IEEE offers special discounts for members who are retired, unemployed, or out on disability

8 January 2009

In today’s challenging economic climate, we want to remind members about IEEE’s special dues categories. If you’ve lost you job, retired, are disabled, or have a low income, IEEE can help reduce the cost of your dues. Check out the Special Circumstances program to see if you qualify:

With the Unemployed Provision, you can get a 50 percent reduction in membership, society dues, subscriptions, and assessments if you are either involuntarily unemployed and looking for a job, or have voluntarily left your job to raise children. You may use this provision for up to four years if you left your job voluntarily.

With the Retired Provision, retirees can also get 50 percent off their dues and assessments. You must be at least 62 years old, not currently employed, and cannot qualify for life member status. (For life member status you must be at least 65 years old and a member of IEEE for such period of time that the sum of your age and membership years is equal to or greater than 100.) You can also continue as a member of your IEEE societies with a 50 percent discount if you belonged to them for the past five years.

In addition, with the Disability Provision, all membership dues and assessments are waived if you stopped working because you’ve become permanently disabled. To be so considered, a doctor must determine the extent of your physical or mental impairment and you must submit the appropriate medical and/or government documentation. Such disabilities include those that render an individual incapable of holding a job.

There’s also help for members who fall under the IEEE’s Minimum Income Provision classification. To be in this category, you must certify that your prior year’s income did not exceed US $12 900. You can receive a 50 percent discount on IEEE dues, regional assessments, and dues for one IEEE society membership and its optional publications.

Only one circumstance can be claimed per year; the provision must be claimed at time of membership renewal or joining; these provisions are unavailable to student members. For more information about the Special Circumstances program, visit:

IEEE membership offers a wide range of benefits and opportunities for those who share a common interest in technology. If you are not already a member, consider joining IEEE and becoming part of a worldwide network of more than 400,000 students and professionals.

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