Why Join TSA?

The Technology Student Association (TSA) provides student members the opportunity to explore a wide variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and career-interest areas.

All TSA middle school competitions and high school competitions are correlated with national STEM standards and can be integrated into and enhance STEM curriculum. Participation in TSA competitions allows TSA members to apply technology and engineering skills in challenging and innovative ways.  Working individually or as a team, TSA members are motivated by the inspiration and enthusiasm gained from being recognized for the successful application of those skills.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Streamlined access to the competitive event guides
  • Customized leadership materials
  • Chapter management tools
  • Student member portal
  • Opportunities to compete at the local, state, and national levels
  • Career awareness opportunities
  • 21st century leadership skills activities
  • Technology literacy development
  • National service project
  • Networking activities
  • Scholarship and award opportunities
  • Local, state, and national competitions

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Membership Dues

2023–2024 TSA Chapter Affiliation

Membership in TSA runs for each school year.  The term of the 2023-2024 TSA membership begins when a chapter is affiliated, and ends at the conclusion of the 2024 National TSA Conference on June 30, 2024.

TSA offers three, curriculum-integrated membership programs. Chapters choose the program that works best for them:

Red Chapter Affiliation Program (Red CAP)
A chapter affiliates up to 10 members by paying a flat fee (additional members may be added during the year for a fee). The membership fee for Red CAP is $120 at the national level, plus $130 state dues.

White Chapter Affiliation Program (White CAP)
A chapter affiliates 11 or more members by paying a per member fee for state and national dues. The membership fee for White CAP is $12 per member at the national level, plus $13 per member state dues.

Blue Chapter Affiliation Program (Blue CAP)
A chapter affiliates an unlimited number of members in a school for a flat fee. This option is popular among chapters where students rotate through a STEM class for a portion of the year to enable all students to be members. The membership fee for Blue CAP is $400 at the national level, plus $390 state dues.

The chapter affiliation program you choose must be the same at the state and national level:  

  • Red CAP chapters become White CAP chapters automatically when they affiliate 11 or more members.
  • Red CAP or White CAP chapters may convert to Blue CAP at any time.
  • TSA operates under a unified dues policy, whereby members must affiliate and pay applicable dues at the local, state, and national level.

Total Cost of Affiliation Example

8 students and 2 advisors = 10 members

$130.00 (State Fees) + $120.00 (National Fees) = $250.00 Dues


Expediting Affiliation

Credit card payment is preferred and will ensure immediate chapter affiliation.  Paying by check through a purchase order may take up to several weeks to process.  To expedite chapter affiliation if paying by check, send a scanned copy of the check to [email protected] prior to it being sent to national TSA.

Note: TSA chapter affiliation is not complete until national TSA receives payment or an approved purchase order for payment.