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NEA is working to ensure education is affordable and accessible to all

By working to cancel student debt and improve forgiveness programs, we can make sure everybody who wants to learn and grow can do so—without exceptions.

Higher education must be affordable and accessible to all. Yet, for too many, pursuing our college and career dreams means years, even decades of paying off student debt. This is especially true for educators. This system is working for the student loan providers and banks, but not for us.

NEA is fighting to cancel student debt, and to expand and protect programs that can help. At the same time, we're also making sure those programs actually work.

Cancel Your Student Debt

NEA’s student debt experts have created tools designed to help educators through the complicated student debt system.

NEA members get free access to individualized support through the NEA Student Debt Navigator.

Use this tool if you are struggling to get started or need help getting the student debt relief you deserve.
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Connect with NEA student debt experts during our monthly webinars.

Join us every third Thursday to debrief the latest student debt news, get your questions answered by experts, and learn actions you can take to create progress.
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Not an NEA member? Join today to get access to the Navigator and cancel student debt.

Our voices are strongest when we are united. Be part of the movement to make higher education affordable to everyone.

Young or old, Black or white, educators of all ages and races are burdened with student loan debt. WITH THIS CRISIS, HOWEVER, COMES THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A BETTER, MORE JUST SYSTEM.

We recently had a major victory: After more than 168,000 educators raised their voices, the Department of Education finally announced a major overhaul to the failing PSLF program.  

This is the beginning of change, not the end. Implementing these reforms will take time, and we are committed to working with the Department of Education to make them work. We are also steadfastly determined to make sure every educator receives the student debt relief they were promised.   

10 years of public service equals no student debt. Congress made that promise to educators in 2007. And we will not stop until that promise is kept to everyone.

Navigate Your Student Debt

Make Higher Education Affordable for All


James Stewart, a high school science teacher in Maryland with more than two decades of teaching experience, joined our SchoolMe podcast to discuss his student debt journey. Listen to hear his hopes for change in the way Americans pay for higher education.

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Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.