Membership Benefits


Alliance for Family & Consumer Sciences
AAFCS leads the Alliance for Family & Consumer Sciences, a growing coalition of more than 20 organizations whose mission is to advance the value of family and consumer sciences globally. 

Advocacy Resources

AAFCS provides members with useful tools, resources, and leadership and award opportunities that will help them successfully advocate for FCS programs and related policies.

Support for FCS Secondary Programs 
AAFCS provides resources family and consumer sciences educators can use to help demonstrate the value of their programs to key decision makers. A member can also request a letter of support signed by AAFCS leaders for his or her FCS program.

Insurance, ID Theft Protection & Legal Service Plans

Members can participate in a wide array of plans available through AAFCS' partnership with Forrest T. Jones, including student educator liability insurance ($25/year for $1 million in coverage), professional liability insurance (starting at $99/year for $1 million in coverage), auto insurance, health insurance, long-term care insurance, and much more. Obtain your quote today!



Through awards, AAFCS honors the achievements of our members, including the National Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox Publisher.

AAFCS supports graduate and post-secondary study in family and consumer sciences through national and international fellowships.

Research Grants
Members have access to grants to support research studies in family and consumer sciences.


Membership in AAFCS is your gateway to support undergraduate study in family and consumer sciences.


The official member communication and go-to source for updates pertaining to programs, conferences, professional development opportunities, awards, research and certifications. Archive copies are located in the Member Open Forum and in the public archives.

Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal

AAFCS members may subscribe at the Members-Only rate of $45 (Regular Price $144)
to the quarterly Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal (FCSRJ) and enjoy peer-reviewed university research on a variety of topics. Want to see more? You can browse the issues and titles, here.

Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences

Published four times a year, this peer-reviewed journal features scholarly articles, trends, issues, and practical information to help you in your career. Access to online issues is included with your membership! Read a sample article, here. View the table of contents of Volume 114, issue 3 TODAY! 

Publication Discount
Receive a Members-Only discount on books sold by AAFCS, including the Compendium Series.


Conference Discount
Members receive a significant discount below the non-member registration cost for the AAFCS Annual Conference.

Professional Certification Discount
As an AAFCS member, you’ll save $100 on your certification fee. And, if you’re not yet a member, be sure to ask about the Initial Certification Fee & AAFCS Membership Package.

Leadership Opportunities
Develop valuable leadership skills through involvement in your affiliate, our Leadership Academy, or other membership activities.

Stay on the leading edge of your career with live and archived webinars on a variety of topics for members only!


Affiliate Membership

As a member, you are automatically enrolled in and receive all the benefits of your affiliate.

Communities & Online Directory
Tap into our network of professionals by participating in AAFCS communities (in person and online). Upon joining AAFCS, you're also listed in the online membership directory accessible exclusively to AAFCS members.

Additional Programs & Services

Education Program Accreditation

AAFCS is the sole accreditation agent in the United States for educational institutions and units offering programs in family and consumer sciences in higher education.

FCS Career Connection
Whether you’re searching for a new job or great talent, our online career center is the place to achieve your employment goals.

Pre-Professional Assessments & Certification
AAFCS offers 11 pre-professional assessments and corresponding certifications in family and consumer sciences.

Professional Assessments & Certification
AAFCS offers five professional competency exams and corresponding certifications in family and consumer sciences.