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Benefits of Membership

Building Future Educators!

What Is The National Education Association?

We are the nation’s leading organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NEA proudly claims 3 million members who work at every level of education—from preschool to university graduate programs. NEA affiliates are in every state and in more than 14,000 local communities nationwide.

How does NEA function?

NEA members from across the U.S. set Association policy, most notably through an annual Representative Assembly—called the “RA”—held every last week of June and/or first week of July. NEA members at the state and local levels elect 9,000 RA delegates, who then elect NEA’s top officers, debate issues, and set NEA policy. Between RAs, NEA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee serve as the top decision-making bodies. Staff at the local, state, and national levels carry out policies implemented by the governing bodies.

How does NEA help future educators?

Members of the NEA Student Program belong to a network of nearly 50,000 students who believe in improved teacher education and support for prospective teachers. As the nation’s largest pre-professional Association for future educators, NEA connects practicing teachers and fellow student members through state and national leadership conferences, workshops, and public forums. Members can also enrich their teaching and advocacy skills by holding local, state or national office, or serving as a delegate to NEA’s annual RA. Student members also serve on the NEA Board of Directors and NEA Resolutions Committee, and they serve on committees that address a variety of issues, including human rights, legislation, and membership.

Through Communities Redefining Education Advocacy Through Empowerment (CREATE) grants, members receive funding to support chapter and/or statewide community service projects that positively promote the NEA Student Program. Projects may include strategies to enhance public education, increase advocacy and outreach to communities; support for younger educator involvement in the Association; and support for the development of innovative approaches and engagement. Grant awards are made for projects that align with one or more NEA Student Program core values: Teacher Quality (up to $3,000), Community Outreach (up to $3,000), and Political Action (up to $2,000).

Help with tuition costs is available through the Jack Kinnaman Scholarship. The Student Program also provides information and assistance with student teacher, certification, and professional development.

NEA Student Program Members Receive:

Services And Benefits

  • Subscription to NEA Today for Future Educators, the magazine of the NEA Student Program.
  • Resources, job information, and links to other NEA Student chapters at
  • $1 million of in-classroom liability coverage through the NEA Educators Employment Liability Program.
  • Tuition savings for the online master’s degree program available through the NEA Academy at
  • National-, state-, and chapter-level opportunities to participate in outreach projects like school renovation, literacy, and food bank support.
  • Access to fellow educators at
  • Discounts for members and their parents on car purchases, magazine subscriptions, shopping, and more through the NEA Member Benefits programs. Details at

Professional Development

2017 Student Leadership Conference—June 28 – July 1, 2017, Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, Mass. For information about attending, visit to reach your state student organizer.


$20 dues rebate for every year of NEA Student Program membership (up to four years) during the first teaching year.

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