Membership FAQ

AAFCS Membership FAQ

Q1. Who should join AAFCS?

Q2. How do I renew my membership online?

Q3. How do I notify AAFCS of my new address, phone, job, etc.?

Q4. When does my membership expire?

Q5. Does my affiliate have a website?

Q6. What are the benefits of membership?

Q7. Is membership refundable or transferable?

Q8. What are my payment options if I want to purchase online?

Q9. How do I change my affiliation to another affiliate or add an additional affiliate for a fee?

Q10. Is there a rate for retired members?

Q11. I joined, but I haven’t received my member card. Where is it?

Q12. I think I joined online, but I can’t get into the MyAAFCS. What should I do?

Q13. How do I get the Journal?


Q1. AAFCS membership is inclusive. Our individual member categories are open to 1) students seeking a degree in family and consumer sciences or a related field and 2) professionals or retirees with a degree or professional-level credential in family and consumer sciences or a related field. Our membership structure connects people across multiple practice settings and content areas to share knowledge, research, and experience. Some content areas our members represent include:

  • Consumer Studies and Retailing;
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Broad Field;
  • Food Science, Nutrition and Wellness;
  • Hospitality Services and Culinary Arts;
  • Housing and Interior Design;
  • Human Development and Family Studies;
  • Personal and Family Finance;
  • and Textiles, Apparel and Design.

Some practice settings our members represent include: Business/Consulting; Early Childhood/Elementary Education; Educational Administration; Extension Education; Human Services; Secondary Education; and Post-Secondary Education.

Q2.You must first log into MyAAFCS using your personal access credentials; the secure login area is located on the upper right-hand corner of the AAFCS homepage. If you have an open membership invoice, you can pay online with American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.

Q3. You can do so yourself via MyAAFCS, using the profile options to update your information. Or, email us at

Q4. AAFCS membership is annual and renews on the anniversary of the first date of the month in which you joined. So, if you join on December 1, your membership renewal will be due on December 1 of the next year. If you join April 5, your renewal will be due on April 1, etc.

Q5. Many of our affiliates do have their own websites with information on leadership and current events. Review our affiliate directory to find the link. A key component of AAFCS is our affiliate structure, and connecting with FCS professionals in your state is a great way to share knowledge, research, and experience. You can also connect with AAFCS members in your state or region directly by using the online membership directory, accessible to members-only through MyAAFCS.

Q6. AAFCS membership includes webinars, a quarterly Journal, and access to various online engagement communities where you can learn and connect with your peers in FCS. Learn more about our specific individual benefits and services here. To speak with our membership staff, please call 800-424-8080.

Q7. AAFCS membership is non-refundable due to the immediate availability of free downloads and benefits for members. AAFCS membership is transferable upon special request. Call 800-424-8080 for details.

Q8. On the payment screen of your online transaction, you have the option to either pay by American Express, Discover, MasterCard or VISA.

Q9. Please call 800-424-8080 or email us at to change your affiliate or add an affiliate. 

Q10. AAFCS is pleased to offer members who are retired and at least 60 years of age our "Emeritus" option, which includes a 33% discount on dues. AAFCS also welcomes members for a Lifetime, with two different options for sustaining AAFCS with your membership dues. Learn more about eligibility.

Q11. Once we receive your payment, you can expect your credit card or check to be processed within seven to 10 business day (if mailed). If you complete the online application, your membership will be activated immediately. You will receive your electronic welcome or renewal verification immediately upon processing of your payment.

Q12. If you completed the online membership application and paid online using MyAAFCS, you should have received an email with your username and password; if you didn’t, please call us at 1-800-424-8080 or email us at If you created a profile but didn’t complete the membership application, you should have received an email with your customer ID and password. Please use that information to log in to MyAAFCS and complete the application process including payment to access all online member benefits.

Q13. AAFCS offers two scholarly peer-reviewed journals. The Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences is the official publication of AAFCS and included with all levels of membership. Members also have the option to add the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal at a discount. Set up your online access to online journals here.