Attention IEEE/AESS members: IEEE realizes that economic circumstances may impact some members' ability to pay the full amount of IEEE membership dues. If you meet certain income qualifications, you may be eligible to receive a discount on memberships and select subscriptions. For this reason, IEEE has established the special circumstance categories:
The special circumstances include:
Applicants who certify that their prior year's income did not exceed US$14,700, or equivalent, are granted a 50% reduction in IEEE membership dues, regional assessments, and dues for IEEE Societies and their optional publications. Please submit written certification with application and payment.
A retired member, not gainfully employed and not qualifying for Life Member status, on attaining the age of 62 years, may apply for a 50% reduction in dues and assessments. An individual who qualifies for the IEEE Retired Member category may continue any and all Society memberships held for not less than the five prior years. Optional publication fees equal those established for Student members.
A 50% reduction in membership dues, Society dues, other subscriptions and assessments are available to a member or applicant who informs the IEEE Operations Center office that he/she: (1) has become involuntarily unemployed and is seeking reemployment, or (2) has become voluntarily unemployed for reasons of raising children. A statement of continued unemployment shall be provided with each annual dues payment. In the case of voluntary unemployment, the provisions of this bylaw shall not exceed four years. The reduced payments may not be made in installments.
IEEE membership dues and assessments, if any, shall be waived for those members who become permanently disabled. "Permanent disability" shall mean a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that (1) renders the individual incapable of performing any substantial gainful employment, (2) can be expected to be of long-continued and indefinite duration or result in death, and (3) is evidenced by a certification to this effect by a doctor of medicine approved by the executive director. The executive director shall determine the date on which the permanent disability shall have occurred if such determination is necessary.
IEEE offers an electronic membership (e-Membership) option with reduced dues to members who live in developing nations. The e-Membership option is available to new and renewing higher grade members who reside in countries where the per capita gross domestic product (GDP) does not exceed US$15,000 (per United Nations guidelines, using a three-year average). The annual base dues for the e-Membership option are just US$77 plus regional assessments. No additional special circumstance discount can be taken with e-Membership. This option is not available to students.
More information available here.