Changes to Your 2020-2021 Membership

Dues + Assessment Reduction

During its virtual meeting on May 1st, the AAO House of Delegates determined that the consumer marketing fund (assessment) will decrease from $800 to $300 per member.* For full dues-paying members, this results in a savings of $500. 

*Please Note: the consumer marketing fund does not apply to Active Academic or Service members. Active members in their first four years of membership who receive a discount on their dues and assessment will continue to receive a percentage discount off the full dues and assessment amounts.

Three Percent ACH Discount

Members who pay their invoices using ACH (electronic bank account transfer) in lieu of credit card or check will receive an additional, one-time 3% discount on their AAO member dues and consumer marketing fund. Please note for online renewals, the 3% discount will be processed as a refund after your full payment is submitted.

New Payment Installment Options

In addition to our traditional three- and six-month installment plan options, this year the AAO is offering up to nine monthly installments (for those who start their installments in August) through April 2021. An additional 1-2 installments may be added if you start your installments earlier. Please note that to make arrangements for dues installments, you must contact the AAO Member Service Center at 314-993-1700. Installments cannot be selected during online renewal.

Delayed Dues Invoicing

Membership dues invoices, typically sent in late May/early June, are being delayed approximately two months until early August. However, if you wish to renew your membership earlier, you may do so anytime online or by contacting the AAO Member Service Center at 314-993-1700. The AAO membership year still runs from June 1 through May 31.


No action is required on your renewal at this time unless you wish to pay now and take advantage of additional monthly installment payments. You can expect to receive your official AAO dues invoice in early August 2020. If you would like to renew your membership now, however, click here to renew online. You may also contact the AAO Member Service Center at 314-993-1700.