Requesting an Application

Alpha Phi Alpha does NOT permit the Initial Membership Development Process (IMDP) at the chapter level, and the fraternity has a zero-tolerance policy for hazing and/or pledging activities.

Before a candidate can request an application, he will need the following items:

1. A member who commits to be a Sponsor. A sponsor is a brother who guides a candidate through the Initial Membership Development Process (IMDP) from the Interested Candidate stage through his first full year of membership. He will also write a letter of support for a candidate (to be included in his completed application packet). The qualifications for a sponsor are as follows:

  • Must be in Good Standing with the General Organization and the Chapter via which the Candidate wishes to join
  • Must be Risk Management Certified
  • Must be IMDP Certified
  • Must be an active member of the Chapter through which the Candidate wishes to join for one (1) year AND have maintained two consecutive years of active membership with the fraternity (College Chapters are Exempt)
  • Must NOT have not been disciplined for violation of the IMDP within a 10-year window of their sponsorship; brothers who have been reinstated after expulsion are ineligible to sponsor candidates
  • Must complete the Sponsor section of the candidate’s official application and have it notarized

2. A member who commits to be a Recommender. A recommender is a brother that will write a letter of support for a candidate (to be included in his completed application packet). The qualifications for a recommender are as follows:

  • Must be in Good Standing with the General Organization and the Chapter via which the Candidate wishes to join
  • Must be Risk Management Certified
  • Must be IMDP Certified
  • Must complete the Recommender section of the candidate’s official application and have it notarized

3. A Major Credit Card to process national initiation fees.

COMPLETING AN APPLICATION

The following items are required and MUST accompany your application upon being submitted:

  1. The Original Application (SHOULD BE IN COLOR)
  2. Official College Transcript (NOTE: Alumni candidates should have transcripts that show their degree has been conferred.
  3. One Letter of Sponsorship
  4. One Letter of Recommendation
  5. Proof of Voter Registration (Proof of citizenship from country of origin, visa or permanent resident card for candidates not eligible to vote in the United States); voter application will NOT be accepted
  6. Essay
  7. Current résumé 
  8. Current passport photo
  9. Confirmation of payment of background check
  10. Confirmation of payment of national initiation fees
  11. Two (2) Photocopies of the entire application packet (SHOULD BE IN BLACK AND WHITE)

APPLICATION FEES

 (subject to change)
 The following are the application fees based on classification according to a candidate's official transcript. The fees include a $275.00 non-refundable application processing fee, $60.00 non-refundable background check, initiation fee, intake assessment, grand tax (membership fee), National Housing and Building Assessment, copy of Alpha Phi Alpha's Constitution & By-Laws, shingle (membership certificate), passcard (identification of membership), volume 1 and volume 2 of the official Alpha Phi Alpha history book, Sphinx pin, fraternity pin, Alpha blazer, and shipping and handling fees.

Alumni$1,366
College Freshman$1,276
College Sophomores$1,201
College Juniors$1,126
College Seniors$1,051 

NOTE: Your classification is based on how you are identified on your academic transcript provided by the institution. All fees must be paid with a major credit/debit card via AlphaNet. To learn how much it costs to be a member, please click here.

Additional Fees

The following fees are collected as a candidate progresses through the IMDP process. The Cluster Fee is non-refundable. The Regional and Chapter Fees are subject to a refund if the candidate is rejected or removes himself during the IMDP process.

  • Cluster Fees: Support the administrative execution of the IMDP process that includes costs of food, paper copies, Ceremonies and Ritual essentials.Collected during Friday of Week 1 (Refer to Sponsor for expected cost PRIOR to beginning the IMDP process)
  • Regional Fees: If applicable, support a candidate's participation within the region of his intended chapter of membership, such as registration to attend a regional convention.
  • Chapter Fees: Candidate's membership dues of his intended chapter of membership. The chapter fees (chapter dues) may not exceed two years. Collected during the Friday of Week 3.

The Regional and Chapter Fees are collected during the Friday of Week 3. The candidate is to work closely with his sponsor to obtain the expected amounts PRIOR to beginning the process.

INITIAL MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROCESS (IMDP) DATES

IMDP DATES

The scheduled dates for the Initial Membership Development Process (IMDP) are listed below. District Directors should submit their planned IMDP Cluster dates to the Regional Vice President by the indicated deadlines. Failure to submit Cluster dates by the deadline may result in non-approval of the planned IMDP. ALL DEADLINES must be strictly adhered to.

Fall 2017

August 4 Friday Application window opens / Cluster dates submission to HQ
September 15Friday Application window closes
September 22Friday Completed application submission deadline to District Director
October 6 Friday District Director submission deadline to HQ
October 20FridayBeginning of IMDP window
December 9 Saturday End of IMDP window



SPRING 2018 

December 1, 2017Friday Application window opens / Cluster dates submission to HQ
January 19, 2018Friday Application window closes
January 26, 2018Friday Completed Application submission deadline to District Director
February 9, 2018  Friday  District Director Submission deadline to HQ
February 23, 2018 Friday  Beginning of IMDP Window
June 15, 2018 Saturday  End of IMDP Window

SPRING 2019

November 30, 2018Friday Application window opens / Cluster dates submission to HQ
January 18, 2019Friday Application window closes
January 25, 2019Friday Completed Application submission deadline to District Director
February 8, 2019 Friday  District Director Submission deadline to HQ
February 22, 2019 Friday  Beginning of IMDP Window
June 14, 2019 Saturday  End of IMDP Window

Fall 2018 

August 3, 2018 Friday Application window opens / Cluster dates submission to HQ
September 14, 2018 Friday Application window closes
September 21, 2018Friday Completed application submission deadline to District Director
October 5, 2018 Friday District Director submission deadline to HQ
October 19, 2018FridayBeginning of IMDP window
December 15, 2018Saturday End of IMDP window

Fall 2019

August 2, 2019 Friday Application window opens / Cluster dates submission to HQ
September 13, 2019 Friday Application window closes
September 20, 2019Friday Completed application submission deadline to District Director
October 4, 2019 Friday District Director submission deadline to HQ
October 18, 2019FridayBeginning of IMDP window
December 13, 2019Saturday End of IMDP window

IMDP Window

Any special intake consideration must be approved by the Regional Vice President and communicated to the Director of Membership Services. All applications must be sent to the Corporate Headquarters three (3) weeks prior to the first day of the Leadership Weekend. Any questions regarding these dates please email membership@apa1906.net. To learn how much it cost to be a member, please click here.