Please read our step by step guide to completing your Student membership application form before completing your online application form.
Before you apply
If you are joining as a Student member in order to sit IFoA exams, please submit your application well in advance of IFoA exam sessions. Deadline dates are published on our Making your exam booking page.
Please be aware that once you submit your student membership application you cannot apply for any exemptions you already hold with other Actuarial Associations via the Transfer of Prior Learning process. Potential members are advised to review to the Transfer of Prior Learning process before submitting their student membership.
Reduced rate subscription
You will be able to apply for reduced subscription fees by completing the Application for a reduced subscription rate section of the form.
You can pay by credit or debit card, AMEX, PayPal, cheque and BACS (bank transfer).
If you select BACS (bank transfer) you will be asked to upload evidence that you have made the bank transfer on the last page of the online form. Evidence of payment could be a screenshot or copy of bank instruction confirmation, which includes the date, amount and reference.
If you select credit or debit card, AMEX or PayPal, you will be sent an email with a link and instructions on how to make your payment within 3 weeks of your submission. Important note: If you do not receive an email with your payment link and instructions within 3 weeks please contact our Education Services team.
Bank account details for making payment to the IFoA are available on the payment method page of the online form.
If you have already registered and have an actuarial reference number (ARN) please log in to your account before completing your online application form.
How to apply
1. Create account
You will be asked to create a username, and enter you email address, first name and last name.
Click the Create new account button to create your IFoA website account.
2. Validate your email address
You will be sent an email to the address you entered that contains instructions on validating your IFoA website account.
Click the link contained in the email. This will take you to web page where you can choose your IFoA website account password.
- If you cannot see an email from email@example.com in your inbox after a few minutes, please check your junk/spam folder.
- If you have not received an email containing instructions on validating your IFoA website account after 24 hours please contact our Education Services team.
3. Create a password
You will be asked to choose a password for your IFoA website account.
Confirm your password and click Save. This will take you to the personal details section of the online form.
4. Enter your personal details
You will be asked to provide personal details including: your name, home address and telephone number.
5. Employment details
You will be asked for your current position and employer details. You will have the option of telling us that you are not working.
6. Education details
You will be asked for details of your university degree or post graduate qualification.
You will not need to upload any supporting documents.
7. Payment method
Select your chosen payment method. You can pay by credit or debit card, AMEX, Paypal, cheque and BACS (bank transfer).
If you choose bank transfer as your payment method you will be asked to upload proof of the bank transfer on the last page of the application form.
In addition to paying your membership subscription fee, you will also need to pay an entrance fee of £135.00.
8. Application for reduced rate subscription
You will be able to apply for reduced rate membership subscription fees by completing this section of the form.
Once you have agreed and clicked Submit your application you will be taken to a web page confirming that your application has been submitted successfully.
What happens next?
How long will it take to process my application?
It will take up to 3 weeks from when we receive your payment to process your application. You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your application has been successful and you are now a Student member of the IFoA.
When can I book exams?
Once you have received email confirmation that your application has been successful you can enjoy all the benefits of IFoA Student membership, including booking exams.
Please note if you are planning to take exams in our September/October or April sessions we will need to receive your Student membership application well in advance of the exam session. Please see Making your exam booking for further details. If you are joining the IFoA as a Student member and intend to sit your examination in our September 2021 exam sitting, you will need to submit your Student membership application before 18 June 2021.
If you have any issue completing your form please contact our Education Services team.
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