Frequently Asked Questions: Gift to the Grad

Do I have to submit a Gift to the Grad (GTTG) application? 

No, you are automatically granted the Gift to the Grad when you submit an ASHA membership and certification application between May 1 and August 31.

What is the difference between the GTTG and the NSSLHA-to-ASHA Conversion Discount?

The GTTG is an ASHA benefit that gives students entering the profession up to 20 months of ASHA membership for the price of 12 months—an extended period of membership benefits. The NSSLHA-to-ASHA Conversion Discount is an ASHA benefit for students who maintain 2 consecutive years of national membership with NSSLHA. Students who qualify for the Conversion Discount receive a reduction of $225 off the initial dues and fees of ASHA membership and certification. A student with the Conversion Discount may also qualify for the GTTG to receive an additional 20 months of membership at the time of application. That is a savings of $450.

Are students who graduate with a doctoral degree eligible for the GTTG?

Yes, any graduate who applies for ASHA membership and certification between May 1 and August 31 is eligible for the GTTG.

When is the best time to apply for the GTTG?

You must apply between May 1 and August 31 to receive the benefit of the GTTG program. Students should evaluate the best time to apply based on their graduation date and clinical fellowship, if applicable.

Should I wait until I am done with my clinical fellowship (CF)/externship to apply for ASHA membership and certification? 

You do not have to wait until you complete your CF/externship to apply for ASHA membership and certification. Consider the timing of your CF/externship before you decide when to apply. 

  • Audiology graduates will be considered applicants in audiology when they submit a membership and certification application.
  • Speech-language pathology graduates may apply before, during, or after the clinical fellowship and be considered an applicant in speech.

Your application must be received between May 1 and August 31.

If I am applying to ASHA, do I have to renew my NSSLHA membership to get the GTTG?

You do not have to renew your membership in NSSLHA to get the GTTG. The GTTG is a benefit for students applying for ASHA membership and certification.

Do I have to be a NSSLHA member to qualify for the GTTG?

You do not have to be a NSSLHA member to qualify for the Gift to the Grad. However, the largest monetary benefit is earned by those students who complete two years of consecutive NSSLHA membership.

Can I send my application on August 31 and still be eligible?

Your application for membership and certification must be received by the ASHA National Office by August 31 to receive the GTTG. Applications received on or after September 1, regardless of postmark date, are not eligible.

How can I get more information?

If you have a question about the Gift to the Graduate program that is not addressed here, please e-mail joinasha@asha.org or contact the ASHA Action Center at 800-498-2071.

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