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For Austen’s 250th Birthday: Free Student Membership

Calling all students! 

JASNA is gearing up to celebrate Jane Austen’s 250th birthday in 2025 with special events and activities, and we’re starting early with a special offer for students!*


JA 250th Birthday Logo 1For the remainder of 2024 through 2025, we are excited to offer free one-year JASNA Student Memberships to the next generation of Austen fans and scholars. Don't miss this unique opportunity to join our community. Keep up to date with the latest on Jane Austen and her works and connect with others in your area and beyond who share your admiration for this beloved and influential author.

Check out the list of features included in a Student Membership below, then click on the button to start celebrating Jane Austen’s 250th Birthday with us!

*To qualify for Student Membership in JASNA, you must be currently enrolled in a course of study leading to a high school diploma, college/university degree, trade or professional license or certificate, or equivalents of these.

Membership Features

Student Memberships include digital versions of JASNA's publications and the following benefits:  

  • A subscription to the digital edition of JASNA News, our quarterly newsletter.
  • The digital edition of JASNA’s annual journal, Persuasions, a leading source for Austen studies.
  • Membership in one or more of our 81 regional groups, where members gather locally or online to participate in meetings and special events and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals who share your love of Jane.
  • A subscription to our monthly JASNA Update e-bulletin, with timely news about Jane Austen and JASNA's programs.
  • Invitations to participate in member-only events and tours, including JASNA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), a three-day conference held each fall. Live-stream registration is also available for those who can’t attend in person.
  • The ability to apply for JASNA's International Visitor Program grant.

In addition to these member-only benefits, we invite you to celebrate Jane Austen by following our Austen Chat podcast, delving into Persuasions On-Line articles, or competing in the Essay Contest or Young Filmmakers Contest for cash scholarships and awards. 

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  • Who is eligible for the Free Student Membership offer?
    Between March 1, 2024, and December 31, 2025, Student Memberships will be available free of charge to students currently enrolled in a course of study leading to a high school diploma, college/university degree, trade or professional license or certificate, or equivalents of these. Students are required to indicate their current course of study on the membership application form.
  • Are students enrolled in online degree-granting programs and home-schooled students eligible to take advantage of the Free Student Membership offer?
  • Can teachers or educational institutions set up free memberships on behalf of their students?
    No. Teachers and professors can inform students about the free membership offer, but students must enroll on their own. By becoming a member, a student consents to receive notices from JASNA regarding access to digital publications and other information and renewal notices relevant to the membership.
  • What is the term of the Student Membership?
    A Student Membership starts on the date of enrollment and expires one year later. For example, a membership that starts on June 1 will be active through May 31 of the following year. JASNA memberships are not transferrable.
  • Can Student Members receive printed copies of JASNA News and Persuasions?
    No, Student Memberships only include digital versions of JASNA’s publications. You will be notified by email when the latest edition of a publication is available to download from JASNA’s Member Portal.
  • I already have a paid Student Membership in JASNA. Can I get a refund? No, refunds are not available for existing student memberships. However, when your current paid membership expires, you may renew it in 2024 or 2025 with a free student membership, as long as you will still be a student when the free membership goes into effect.
  • Can I renew a free membership with another free membership?
    Yes, a free Student Membership that expires between March 1 and December 31, 2025, may be renewed with another free membership. Memberships expiring after December 31, 2025, will be renewable at the then-current Student Membership fee.

More Questions? Please email JASNA's Membership Secretary at membership@jasna.org


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