Student Benefits

Launch Your Career in Social Work with NASW

We all chose social work for different reasons, but as you will learn social work is not a 9 to 5 job and your commitment to social justice does not end when you leave work. Social work is more than a major, more than a job, more than a career – it is who we are!

If social work is a commitment to the greater good then why not, as students, continue to be part of your professional association – NASW?

Why join as a student?

Employers want to see commitment to the field and being a member of NASW is the way to show your commitment. Everyone in your class is graduating with a degree and at least one field placement. Start answering the question, why should someone hire you over anyone else? Find that answer with NASW membership.

As a student, you will get access to full membership benefits to NASW and NASW-AR at almost 1/4th the price!

Building your resume? Build it with NASW!

Leadership Opportunities

Take advantage of one of numerous opportunities for leadership development as a NASW-AR Board student representative , committee member, or volunteer at the local, state, or national level.
Continuing Education

Lower prices for students on NASW-AR Conference registration fees! Conferences are a great way to gain new practice skills and information, as well as network with other students and social work professionals from all across Arkansas.
Professional Networking

Join a community of professional social workers to build relationships, network professional contacts, and exchange ideas by participating at a local or state level.
Student Awards and Scholarships

Get recognized for excellence with one of NASW’s scholarship programs or award programs.

Concerned about your future after graduation? Take comfort in NASW!


Get access to NASW-AR Social Work Career Center plus only NASW members get full access to NASW JobLink to post resumes online and get notified when new listings are posted.
Insurance Protection

Even if you are not going into private practice it is important to have liability insurance. Agencies often offer some liability insurance, but at the end of the day the agency has its own back. NASW members receive significantly discounted liability insurance through NASW Assurance Services, also available at the student level.
Loan Forgiveness

Educational debt is one of the greatest concerns facing the social work profession because it deters people from entering the field and makes public service careers less desirable. NASW has been working to secure student loan forgiveness legislation for social workers for many years.

After graduation, NASW continues to subsidize dues for student members. If you maintain continuous membership, you will be able to take advantage of the transitional category of membership after graduation. BSW student members who maintain continuous membership after graduation automatically enter a two-year transitional period with reduced dues of $94 each year. MSW student members who maintain continuous membership enter a three-year transitional period with reduced dues of $94 in the first and second years, and $143 in the third.

Taking a stand for social justice? Stand with NASW!

Advocacy for you AND your Clients

Learn about today’s legislative issues that are impacting the social work profession through email listservs, newsletter articles, and websites for the National NASW and for the Arkansas Chapter.

  • Write your state or national legislators with a few clicks of a button on the issues important to you through the legislative advocacy centers at
  • Get involved with NASW-AR PACE, helping to elect candidates and mobilize social workers to vote!
  • Attend NASW-AR’s Lobby Day and join hundreds of students and social workers from around the state in an expression of the POWER of SOCIAL WORK!

Join today to take advantage of all of the benefits that NASW has to offer as a member.