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Benefits of Membership

  • Use of the Stamp of Excellence
  • Important Resource Material on Members-Only Web Page; including past conference handouts, webinar recordings, and survey data
  • Inclusion in AIGAC’s Searchable Membership Directory; accessed by applicants and schools
  • Membership in a private consultants-only LinkedIn group
  • Access to Attend AIGAC’s Members-Only Annual Conference
  • Access to our annual Summer with the Schools webinar series
  • Networking

Classifications and Qualifications for Membership

The qualifications for membership in the following classifications of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants are:

Organizational members shall consist of organizations whose company or a portion of their company represent graduate admissions consultants who have an interest in the purpose and objective of the corporation and who meet any additional requirements for Organization membership as may be imposed by the Board from time to time.

Organizational membership is based on the number of active graduate admissions consultants (full- or part-time) in your organization.

To facilitate your membership in our organization, please keep in mind that AIGAC is an organization that places central importance on ethics in general and transparency in particular.  Please review our Principles ( before submitting your application. When reviewing applications we are particularly concerned with the following:

  • Consistent fact-based information regarding your application information. For example, your resume, LinkedIn profile, and company website should provide consistent information about yourself and your organization including all other admissions consultants. 
  • No ambiguity with respect to the fact that you don't ghostwrite clients' essays.
  •  While we believe in having strong relationships with graduate programs, such relationships have to be non-compensated. If you are compensated by schools for placing candidates, that is a direct violation of our principles. 

Our membership committee looks for overall public transparency on your website, LinkedIn page, and other public forums with regard to your organization's consulting members, services offered, and results. Please note that we do not begin the review of your application until a reference is received.

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Applicants shall be admitted to membership on making application therefore in writing, upon payment of first annual dues, and upon approval of the AIGAC Board of Directors

** One full year of dues is paid upon joining and a pro-rated amount will be due for the following year. For example, if you join in July, the entire annual dues amount for that membership category is due, but for the following year you will be invoiced for only 50% of the dues amount for that year since you received only six months of benefits when you joined as a new member, mid-year, at the full rate. Subsequent years will be billed at the regular amount. Annual dues are non-refundable upon acceptance to AIGAC.

AIGAC reserves the right to deny admission to anyone.

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