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How much are membership dues?

Members pay a fee of $15.00 per division.

What do students, sponsors and schools receive with their membership?

Students:

Sponsors:

Schools:

What is the turn-around time to process new club or membership materials?

It typically takes four weeks for processing membership information. Many times the time frame is less.

Can membership be sent more than once a year?

Yes, our office accepts new members throughout the year.

Once our club is chartered, what must we do to remain an active club?

New members should be inducted and their membership fees sent to the national headquarters yearly.

What is the GPA (grade point average) a student has to have to be eligible to join Beta?

That is decided by the individual club. Our Constitution indicates that a student must be working on or above grade level.

What if I have students who were members at another school?

Membership can be transferred to a club within the same division (i.e. Junior Division I to Junior Division I, Senior Division to Senior Division). A club has the right to have each transfer student meet its specific membership requirements or simply accept them on the grades from the previous school.

Can our school start a club even though it is not a public school?

Our Constitution states that all non-public schools (private, parochial, other) must be accredited by an accepted accrediting agency. The list of accepted agencies can be viewed here.

Do I need to start a membership application before I collect membership dues from my eligible members?

It is not required, but membership dues must be collected before you submit the application. Please refer to our application process for more details.

Isn't $15 a lot of money to ask the students to spend?

The $15 fee required of each student (per division) helps our organization cover expenses. And it allows students to experience the honor of being recognized in a national organization for their efforts and achievements. In addition, the students, school and sponsor receive membership, leadership and web-based materials at no extra cost.

What are the alternatives to having students pay the membership fee?
I don't have enough time and can't find anyone else to act as an advisor or sponsor for the club. Do you have any suggestions?
What does the name "Beta" mean? Is it an acronym?

No. Beta is not an acronym. Our founder, Dr. John W. Harris, chose the name when he founded the organization in 1934. Beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet, and "B" represents "bios" (the Greek word for life). Dr. Harris felt it was important for members to learn how to make a life for themselves.