Graduate membership is by invitation only and is not solicited through
our graduate chapters. Graduate chapters host public events, such as
forums, cultural presentations and social activities, so that
prospective candidates can become acquainted with chapter members and
learn about service activities they offer to local communities.
of a baccalaureate degree, with at least a C+ cumulative average, or a
graduate or professional degree (Ph.D., M.D., J.D., etc.) from an
accredited college or university
- C+ is equivalent to a 2.50 on a 4.0 scale if the school does not have a plus or minus on the grading scale;
- Motivation and talents to help promote, implement and extend policies and programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority;
- Attendance at Information Session with the required documents listed in the Letter of Invitation
1. What do I need to do to reactivate my membership if I’ve been inactive for one or more years?
complete the Graduate Chapter Reactivation Form. Include your current name,
address, chapter of initiation and date, last chapter with which you
were active, all previous names used and financial card number (if
available). Once your membership is reactivated, you will receive a
financial card, Ivy Leaf magazine and announcements about the Boulé,
Leadership Seminar, and other events.
2. How much will it cost to reinstate/reactivate my membership?
You will need to pay: reinstatement fees and the Corporate Office Improvement Project (COIP) assessment, if applicable. Corporate assessments include Education Advancement Foundation (EAF) dues and the cost of the current Constitution and Bylaws and Manual of Standard Procedure. For reactivating with a chapter, you will also need to pay dues and assessments (which vary by chapter).
3. What is a Transfer Verification Form?
The Transfer Verification Form is an official Sorority form which documents that an inactive member has met all financial obligations to her former chapter and the Boulé. Before transferring membership from one chapter to another, you must obtain clearance from the former chapter. Before transferring your status as a General Member to chapter member, you must obtain clearance from the Corporate Office. No chapter can accept an inactive member into active membership before receiving a completed Transfer Verification Form. Download a Transfer Verification Form by clicking here.
4. What is the Corporate Office Improvement Project (COIP) assessment?
COIP is a fee that goes into an endowment fund which pays for building maintenance of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Corporate Office. Delegates to the 1990 Boulé (Richmond, VA) voted in favor of adding an additional floor and storage space to the Corporate Office building. The Building and Properties Committee developed a fund-raising plan, which included a building assessment fee to pay for this addition. Delegates to the 1992 Boulé (New Orleans, LA) ratified the establishment of an endowment fund to pay for building maintenance. Effective January 1, 1994, the one-time COIP assessment must be paid by all financially active members.
5. Is anyone exempt from the COIP assessment?
Sorors initiated July 31, 1943 and earlier, do not have to pay the COIP assessment.
6. How do I know or find out if I paid the COIP assessment?
If you were initiated after July 1992, the COIP assessment was included in your initiation fees. If you were initiated before July 1992 or were a Golden Soror as of July 31, 1993 and active after July 1, 1994, contact the Corporate Office (Attention: Membership) if you need to verify payment was made.