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Eligibility for Membership-New Member Rates Effective January 1, 2017

  • Full Member $30.00
    Any person employed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who has  a master’s degree from a social work graduate school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) may be a full member.
  • Associate Member $15.00
    Those with the same credentials as full members who were formerly employed by the VA may join as associate members.
  • Student Member $10.00
    Social Work graduate students with a full academic year VA field placement may join during their placement.  Student memberships terminate when the student’s VA training ends.  Student members may not vote or hold elective office.
  • Contract Member $20.00
    Any person having the same credentials as a full member who is placed at a VA facility by an agency that has a contract with the VA to provide social work services may join.  Contract memberships terminate when the person’s VA placement ends.  Contract members may not vote or hold elective office.

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There are two ways to join the Association of VA Social Workers:     

  •  Join by Credit Card Payment:  (We recommend this method of payment)

    Go to the membership application (start below), select your Level of Membership, complete the application, and submit for payment.   Choose Credit Card payment.  You will be automatically redirected to the AVASW PayPal account.  You may use a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card for your payment.  After you pay by credit card successfully, you will receive several emails within a few minutes, notifying you that your payment has been accepted and your membership approved.
    If you do not receive the verification email from PayPal, that means your payment has not been accepted.  Go back to your profile, cancel your payment, and try again. If your second attempt does not work, cancel your payment and choose to pay by "Manual Payment" (see below). 

Note:  You do not need to have your own PayPal account to make your payment by credit card.  If you do have your own PayPal account, you may choose to login to PayPal with your PayPal user name and password and use your PayPal account to make your payment.  We do not accept e-checks.

  • Join by Manual Payment (with check): 

    Go to the membership application on line (start below), select your Level of Membership, complete the application, and submit for payment.  Choose Manual payment.  Print out your membership information.  You will receive an email invoice with the mailing address to send your check.
         *** Mail your check with your membership information within 14 days of your application.  Applications  will be removed from our database if your payment is not received within 14 days of your online application.
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