Below you'll find helpful FAQ for students. If you find your question is unanswered please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.628.8965.
How do I join PAA?
If your school has a PAA chapter, contact the advisor for specific details about becoming a member. To see if your school has a chapter, and find your adviser's contact information check this list.
What should I do if my school doesn’t have a chapter, but I would like to join PAA?
If your school does not have a local chapter, you cannot join PAA. You can contact a faculty or staff member about establishing a local chapter.
Does my school have a PAA chapter?
View the list of active chapters here.
What are the eligibility requirements for PAA?
Undergraduate students shall:
- Be in the top 10% of their graduating class and at least in their last semester of junior year
- Have completed at least 15 hours of coursework for their public administration, public policy, or sub-field degree
- Achieve and maintain at least a 3.5/4.0 GPA for all degree related courses and maintain at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA for all other coursework
Graduate students shall:
- Achieve and maintain a 3.7/4.0 GPA
- Have completed 50% of their public administration, public policy or sub-degree coursework
Can alumni join PAA?
If your alma mater has a PAA chapter, you can join as an alumni member if you graduated with a 3.7/4.0 or above GPA. Contact your chapter advisor for details.
How much are membership dues?
Pi Alpha Alpha membership dues are a one-time fee of $50 at the time of induction.
What does the $50 membership fee cover?
This fee covers the costs of producing and shipping student certificates and pins. Additionally, it covers the administrative costs of running the program and various student programs/projects.
What should I do if I've contacted my PAA advisor and he/she never responds?
If the designated PAA advisor does not respond to you, try contacting other faculty members to see if someone else is now working with PAA. Otherwise, contact the NASPAA office.
Is PAA on social media?
PAA has an official Facebook account:
My name is spelled wrong on my PAA certificate; how can I receive a new one?
If your name is spelled wrong, email a photo of your certificate to email@example.com. Kenneth E. Jernigan & Associates will determine when the error was made. If the error was made during the printing process, a corrected certificate will be provided at no additional cost. If your name was spelled wrong when it was submitted, there will be a $10 replacement fee.