I just checked ALOA. I am not in the US so here are the costs: 200$ application fee plus 225$ each year. That together is around my monthly allowance (I'm a student), around 1/15 of my yearly "income". I think 425$ is very very expensive.
I know prices and incomes are different in the US. Maybe 425$ is a small sum for Americans but it is big money here.
I'm aware that it's totally different for professionals but for a hobbyist 425$ is not really worth it. At least that's my opinion.I know people in the US pay less, maybe that's worth it. I also know this is not aimed at hobbyist.
As I see it most of the benefits which ALOA offers are totally lost to international patrons (limited by geography) so if something they should get their for less instead of more.
All I'm saying is for a hobbyist in my opinion that is an very high sum.
Plus I would need to enlist in a n ALOA course in order to get the student membership. Which, unless it's an E-course, I obviously cannot attend. And and a non US citizen I would gain nothing apart from a few magazines.
I'm part of a medical professional association. It cost me ~40$ a year. No registration costs and I get a magazine every 2 months.
As a person from "overseas" I'm not sure how would I gain from an ALOA membership and why would it cost me 10x as much as my actual professional association.
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