The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the only national student organization for future professionals studying communication sciences and disorders recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The Association was established in 1972 and is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. NSSLHA supports over 12,040 members and over 320 chapters at colleges and universities across the United States.


They have over 300+ chapters located on college and university campuses across the United States, including Puerto Rico.

The mission of NSSLHA is to inspire, empower, and support students in the field of communication sciences and disorders. They give students the tools to navigate their academic career while preparing them for their professional one.

The core values of the Association are leadership, collaboration, integrity, service, diversity, and education.


Did you know being a National NSSLHA member is different than being a member of your local NSSLHA chapter?
National NSSLHA membership helps you, as a student, stay current on advancements in the CSD field, enhance your academic knowledge, find internships and employment, network with other students with similar interests, and save money on products and services.

Benefits of national NSSLHA membership include:

  1. Subscriptions & Services (Networking with your peers through the NSSLHA Member Community, NSSLHA Updates E-newsletter, Access all of ASHA’s Journals—American Journals, a subscription to the print edition of The ASHA Leader, ASHA Technical Assistance);
  2. Discounts (NSSLHA to ASHA Conversion ($225 off), Reduced Convention Registration, Discounted ASHA Special Interest Group (SIG) Membership ($10 each year), Discounts on NSSLHA and ASHA products and publications, Discounts on Insurance, Special offers for movies, concerts, sports and leisure, travel, food, and office supplies);
  3. Program Opportunities (Members Honors, Scholarships)

Honors and Scholarships

NSSLHA annually recognizes the most successful affiliated NSSLHA chapters, students, faculty, individuals and organizations who’ve made relevant contributions to communication sciences and disorders programs, National NSSLHA, and their local chapters.

Besides, the Association provides diverse scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and incoming graduate students.

Student leadership

NSSLHA provides students with the unique leadership opportunities that give them more ways to volunteer at a national level, improve their leadership skills, work with mentors in the professions, and make a massive contribution to other students who study communication sciences and disorders.