The application fees were increased as an action of the Delegates attending the 131st Congress. This fee increased took effect at the end of the Congress on July 15th. The following is a quick breakdown of what this increase involves:
Regular New Member application fee increased from $80 to $100
Regular New Member – Family Plan application fee increased from $30 to $40
C.A.R. Applicant – current C.A.R. member in good standing, age 18-22 application fee $0
C.A.R. Applicant – current C.A.R. member in good standing under 18 application fee $0
Junior Member (under 18) on a NEW line or patriot application fee increased from $80 to $100
Junior Member (under 18) on an approved line and patriot or as part of the Family Plan application fee increased $30 to $40
Memorial Member (deceased male relative of an active SAR member within two generations) application fee increased from $80 to $100
Supplemental Application fee increased from $60 to $100
Supplemental Application – Family Plan fee increased from $30 to $40
This is strictly an application fee increase and does not affect the National dues in any way. The National dues are still $35 for each New Applicant or Memorial Member and $5 for a Junior applicant or C.A.R. applicant under 18-year-old.
Now let’s explain the “Grace Period” for those applications currently in the pipeline to National. During the discussions of the application fee increase on the floor of Congress, the agreement reached was to base the “Grace Period” on the date of the applicant’s signature. This means if you have an applicant who has already made out a check and signed the application prior to the July 15, 2021 date it will be accepted at National at the old fee structure. It is expected that National will be receiving the applications that fit into this description within the next six to eight weeks.
If National receives applications that have the incorrect application fees, an email will be sent to the State Secretaries requesting the additional funds. The application will be held pending the receipt of the additional funds and processed upon receiving the additional funds.