Student & Resident Membership

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Student membership dues are only $30 for your entire optometry or graduate student career, including residency.

You are a future leader in the field of optometry. Student membership in the Academy gives you a foundation upon which to develop your skills and professional goals. Whether you are already a student member, or just starting to learn about the Academy, this page is your one stop resource.

Student and Resident Membership Criteria

Student membership may be granted to students who are in good academic standing at an accredited school or college of optometry, to full-time students in vision sciences and related sciences, and to residents in accredited optometric residency programs. Please note, dues payments are not refundable. 

Benefits of Student Membership


  • AAO Newsletter
  • Eye-Mail® Monthly
  • Special Student Publications

Annual Meeting Benefits

  • The opportunity to meet some of the world’s best optometrists
  • Reduced registration rates
  • Student Fellowship program participation
  • Residency and Graduate Program Fair
  • Latest in scientific research
  • The best in Continuing Education (CE)
  • Over 200 exhibits
  • Student travel fellowships (limited number) for students/residents accepted as paper/poster presenters
  • And the opportunity to meet with and learn from the leaders in optometry and vision science!

Membership Pledge Agreement

Read the student and resident membership pledge agreement.