Membership FAQs

About Joining 

How do I join? Individuals may join online or complete and submit a paper application to or via fax to +1 (703) 522-2075. See dues pricing.

When does my membership expire? STC membership is based on a calendar year. All memberships expire on 31 December. 

If I join mid-year, will my dues be adjusted? Yes. For those joining or renewing after 1 March, dues are adjusted to take into consideration the time you were not a member. See adjusted dues schedule. The deadline for joining or renewing membership for the current year is Sept. 15.

Membership Information

How can I pay my dues? Members may pay online when joining or renewing. Payments may also be mailed to: The Society for Technical Communication, 9401 Lee Highway, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22031.

Does STC offer discounted memberships? STC offers several discounted memberships for students, recent graduates, retired and corporate members. See dues rates.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Retired membership. You must be a member with STC for 10 consecutive years, be 65 years of age or older, and work, on average, 20 hours per week or less.
  • 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; and preparing for a career in technical communication.
  • New TC Professional membership. You must have graduated from a technical communication program with in the last three years.

Are my dues tax deductible? Your dues may be tax deductible. More information can be found at:

How do I get a refund on my membership dues? Because the full range of STC products and services available to members immediately upon joining or renewing, STC dues are nonrefundable.

How do I cancel my membership? You may cancel your membership at any time by contacting STC Member Services at +1 (703) 522-4114 or

How do I become a Senior Member? A senior member is any individual who has been a regular member of the Society for five consecutive years.

What is the deadline for renewing my membership? Memberships run on a calendar-year basis and expire 31 December. Access to membership benefits will be extended until 15 January of each year. Members who fail to renew on or before 31 January will have a membership status of “cancelled” and will be ineligible to vote in the STC elections. 

Community Questions

Can I resign my STC Membership in favor of Chapter-only Membership? No. You must first join STC before joining an STC Chapter or Special Interest Group.

I feel I get most of the value from STC through my local Chapter. Why do I need to pay more for STC dues? STC Chapters are a tremendous resource and consistently rank among the most highly valued assets among our members. However, the value chapters offer would not be feasible without constant financial and operational support from STC. Aside from the major intangible benefits available to all STC memberseducational and professional development seminars, the STC Conference, and othersthere is significant infrastructure support involved in managing a chapter. Without STC National to help offset the costs of this infrastructure, some chapters would not exist and others would be hampered in their ability to serve members. The relationship between STC and chapters is a mutually-beneficial partnership, and one that needs to remain intact in order to advance the value of STC and advance every member’s value as a technical communication professional.

How can I join a chapter or special interest group? Membership in STC is a requirement for adding a secondary membership in a chapter or SIG. Unless included in your membership level, chapters are $25 each and SIGs are $10 each. Current members who wish to join a community, please call +1 (703) 522-4114 with payment information and your community selection. Complete list of professional chapters, student chapters, and SIGs.

Technical Issues

The system does not recognize my user id/password. What should I do? Please contact us at +1 (703) 522-4114 or email Do not create a new user id. This may result in the creation of a duplicate record, which may negatively impact the calculation of your years of service.

How can I update my member contact information? Member information may be updated by logging into and selecting “General Information” found under the “MySTC” tab.

Why won’t my dropdown feature work? You may encounter this issue if you are using Internet Explorer 7.0. Please try using another browser, such as Mozilla Firefox. If this does not correct the problem, please complete the hardcopy application (hyperlink), include payment information and submit via fax at +1 (703) 522-2075 or email to

I receive an error message when I click “SUBMIT” when making a payment in full. What can I do? While it is likely that all of the information you entered on your application has been captured in our system, it is unlikely that your payment was processed. Please contact STC at +1 (703) 522-4114 with your credit card information to complete the transaction.

Is STC’s online payment site a secure one? Yes. The membership and education purchase pages are secured using PCI Compliant practices and SSL Certificates. If you visit a page under the subdomain and appears to be not be secure please send an email to detailing the source link. Also, you can enable a secure connection by entering https:// instead of http:// to secure your entire visit to


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