Membership FAQ

Membership Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Red CAP?

A chapter affiliates up to ten members by paying a flat fee (additional members may be added during the year for a fee). The membership fee for Red CAP is $100 at the national level plus state dues.

What is the White CAP?

A chapter affiliates eleven or more members by paying a per member White CAP fee for state and national dues.  The membership fee for White CAP is $10 per member at the national level plus state dues.

What is the Blue CAP?

A chapter affiliates an unlimited number of members in a school for a flat fee (typically effective when there are more than 25 members). This option is popular in 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 $350 at the national level plus state dues.

Why were the Red, White and Blue membership program categories created?

Last year the TSA, Inc. Board of Directors formed a committee to review the ten member minimum membership policy.   This was done so at the request of the voting delegates at the 2009 annual business meeting in Denver, CO.  Over several months this committee gathered information from student members, chapter advisors and state advisors.  The final report from the committee indicated there was a need to restructure the membership program categories to better articulate and implement the policy.  As a result, the board approved new categories to more accurately reflect TSA membership dues options. 

Why are they called Red CAP, White CAP and Blue CAP?

The names of these three membership program categories are based on TSA’s official colors – red, white and blue.

How will the change in membership program categories affect a chapter?

This change will not affect a chapter.  The only differences are new names for the membership program categories and a more efficient way to identify chapters.

Has there been a dues increase?

There has been no increase of national dues as a result of this reorganization.  These new terms simply replace past terminology used to categorize membership whereby a chapter was either an “individual member chapter” or a “CAP chapter”. 

 Can a chapter have less than ten members?

A chapter may affiliate as a Red CAP with less than ten members and then add members (up to ten) during the year at no additional charge.  This allows chapters to implement activities and opportunities which include committees, teamwork and leadership.

Who should affiliate?

Any student who is benefitting from TSA services and materials should be an active member of TSA.  For example, if TSA materials are being used in a classroom, then all students in that class should be affiliated members of TSA.  If 15 students are active in a before/after school chapter during the first semester and 5 additional students are participating during the second semester, then the final chapter roster should have 20 members.

Do advisors pay a membership fee?

All chapter advisors pay a $10 advisor fee, per chapter, at the national level and any applicable state fee.  Each chapter must have at least one affiliated advisor.

Which membership category is best for a chapter?

Chapters with up to ten members should choose Red CAP.  If a chapter has eleven members or more (typically up to 25 members) it should choose White CAP.  Blue CAP should be chosen if an unlimited number of members in a school affiliate.

What if a chapter is unsure as to how many members it will have this year?

A chapter should affiliate as many members as possible as close to the beginning of the school year to receive all benefits in a timely way.  Starting as a Red CAP allows a chapter to form with the minimum amount of members and then add members during the year.

Is there a deadline for membership?

Members can be added at any during the year. However, some states require membership be active by a certain date in order for chapters to participate in state TSA events and conferences.  Chapter memberships active by November 16, 2018 will have Priority Membership status.  Priority Membership chapters receive a gold seal affiliation certificate, uninterrupted membership service and a small gift as a token of appreciation.

How can chapter members be added?

Members can be added at any time during the year when the chapter advisor logs back into the chapter’s membership record using his or her username and password. When a Red CAP goes beyond ten members, it automatically becomes a White CAP once the additional fees are paid.   Red CAP and White CAP may change to Blue CAP at any time during the year by paying the difference in fees.   Blue CAP may add members at any time at no additional cost. 

If a member drops out of a chapter during the year can another student be substituted?

Substitutions or refunds for membership are not permitted.

How can chapter dues be determined?

Click here.

Where can TSA membership affiliation policies be found?

Click here.

What if I have more questions?

Please contact Suzy Orr, national TSA Program Manager, at the national TSA office with any questions you may have at or at 888/860-9010 (toll free).