Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

Q. What are the benefits of TASSA membership?

A: Take a look at an overview of TASSA member benefits and services.

Q. Is membership automatically granted for every application?
A: Membership is granted for those who meet the qualifications of membership. We invite you to apply to join TASSA via the online form provided. Only completed submissions will be considered.

Q. What is the membership process?
A: After filling out and submitting your online registration form you will receive a confirmation email, which includes a link to activate your membership. By clicking to the link provided in this email you will be allowed to login and have full access to TASSA web pages where you can get more information about membership and payment methods.

Q. How long does it take for my application to be processed?
A: After you submit the online application form, it takes approximately one week to process your application. You will receive an email notification when your membership application has been processed.

Q. Do I have to live in North America to be considered for membership?
A: Although the majority of our members are located in North America, TASSA accepts all membership applications regardless of a residence requirement. 

Q. How long is the membership valid?
A: A “membership year” is January 1 to December 31. You will be asked to renew your membership in late October.

Q. What are the types of Membership? What are the annual dues?
A: TASSA membership categories are: Regular ($75), Student ($25) and Institutional. For more detail on the membership dues please review the Membership page.

Q. How can I make payment to TASSA?
A: Individuals may pay online via credit card or PayPal account. Institutional members have three options: Check or Money Order (Mail), Wire Transfer, and Online Payment. For more information please review the Membership page.

Q. Is paying for my renewal online safe?
A: Yes. TASSA conducts secure and private credit card transactions using PayPal payment services.

Q. Can I request to be invoiced for membership dues?
A: Yes, but the applicant will be processed as a Pending Member until payment is received. Once payment is received the applicant will move to Active Member status.

Q. Will job change effect my membership?
A: Membership is individual and sustained as you move through career transitions.

Q. Does TASSA have corporate (institutional) memberships?
A: Yes, institutions interested in and committed to the mission of TASSA may become institutional members. Institutional membership will include a prescribed number of individuals participate as part of the institutional membership as determined by the board of directors.

Q. What membership category do postdoctoral fellows belong to?
A: TASSA has two membership categories for individuals: "Regular,"  and "Student". Since postdoctoral fellows (and Ph.D. students with Masters' degree) are no longer students, they should apply as regular members. 

Q. How can I update my membership status and profile?
A: As a TASSA member, you can login to the Members Login section in TASSA web site and manage your Member Profile.

Q. Does TASSA sell or release individual membership information to third parties?
A: Your privacy is important to us. We do not release our membership information to third parties. Other members can only see the name and the affiliated organization of another TASSA member using the Member Finder section.  Please read TASSA's privacy policy for more detail.

Q. How can I contact other TASSA members?
A: You can search for other individuals and send a message using the Member  Finder.

Q. Can I copy the Membership Directory and give it to my friends?
Please refer to TASSA's privacy policy.

Q. Are membership dues tax deductible?
A: In August 2006, the Internal Revenue Service issued a determination letter that recognized TASSA as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. TASSA is also classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to TASSA are deductible under section 170 of the Code, and TASSA is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Q. How can I contact someone if I need assistance for membership?
A: Direct your questions to TASSA Membership Committee at:

membership {at} tassausa {dot} org