NSCA Student Verification Information

Student members are required to provide verification of their current full-time student status to the NSCA Membership Department within 30 days of becoming a student member or of renewing a student membership.

The NSCA Student Verification Form is required to for all student memberships, whether the member is new or renewing. Students must have the form signed by an advisor, the Dean of their department, or a staff member in the registrar's office. Please note that scanned copies of the form are acceptable and the form only needs to be signed by the school/program's representative and not the student themselves. 

Transcripts are not an acceptable form of verification, they are a requirement for the CSCS and CSPS certification exams only.

Use one of these options to send your student verification:

  • Scan and email to students@nsca.com
  • Fax to: (719) 632-6367
  • Mail to: NSCA | Membership Department - Student Verification | 1885 Bob Johnson Dr. | Colorado Springs, CO 80906 

Frequently Asked Questions About the NSCA Student Membership

What if I am on summer break?
You may submit the signed Student Verification Form on or before August 1 to be eligible for student membership during the summer. 

Why do you require supporting information to get student membership?
Students are given discounts on membership and conferences. In order to justify giving students these discounts, the NSCA has developed a policy regarding who qualifies and how they must prove their student status.

What if I sent my information to the Certification Department?
The Certification Department will ask for official transcripts. The Membership Department requires a signed verification form to show a full-time student status. Transcripts are not shared between departments. The Certification Department is unable to confirm full-time student status. 

Why are some memberships prorated?
Students are given 30 days after they join or renew to submit verification. When this is not received, the NSCA will try and contact them via letter or email. If there is no response, then the membership is prorated to a Professional Membership to reflect that the verification was not received.

Do I have to submit verification every year?
Yes, we require students to submit their information every time they renew.

What if I graduated? Or I am getting ready to graduate?
As long as you are a full-time student at the time you join/renew, you will continue as a student member for that membership term.

What is considered full-time?
Full-time attendance is 9 or more credit hours for undergraduate students and 6 or more credit hours for graduate students.

What must I submit to prove student status?
Please submit the signed Student Verification Form.

I am an online student and cannot have anyone sign the form. What other types of verification will you accept? 

The Student Verification Form is the only form of verification accepted at this time. The NSCA can accept signed student verification forms directly from the school. Please contact your school's registrar's office or advising office to find out their internal policies about submitting student verification forms. Please note that your school may request that you sign a document giving them permission to release the information to the NSCA in advance. 

How do you know student status has been received?
Once documentation has been received by the Membership Department you will be emailed confirmation of receipt for your records. If you have not received an email within 7 days of sending verification, email students@nsca.com or call 800-815-6826 and ask for the Membership Department to inquire further.

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