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IFT Benefits

Your union provides you with support at your workplace, but it also offers you and your family money savings on high-quality consumer benefits and services. IFT and AFT have developed programs that offer a broad variety of cost-saving options. In addition, check with your local union; many locals have negotiated discounts or benefits from merchants or service providers in your community.

Loan Forgiveness

Minority Teacher of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship
If you are an llinois residents who plans to teach at a nonprofit Illinois public preschool, elementary school, or secondary school, for which ISBE has determined that no less than 30 percent of the enrolled students are African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American; and you are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American origin, you may qualify for up to $5,000 per year as part of the MTI Scholarship Program.

Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program
If you are a teacher or an academically talented student pursuing a career in special education as a public, private or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher in Illinois, you may be eligible for the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program. This program will exempt you from paying tuition and mandatory fees at a public institution for up to four calendar years.

By receiving the tuition waiver, you must teach in Illinois in the field of special education. If this teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the amount of benefits received converts to a loan, and you must repay the entire amount plus interest.

Perkins Loan Forgiveness
Perkins Loan Forgiveness began in 1972 and will forgive up to 100% of your loan if you are a full-time teacher in a district eligible for ESEA Title-1 funding, a special education teacher in a district or qualified provider of early intervention services under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), or a full-time teacher in a state-designated shortage area.

Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program
Eligible borrowers may receive up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program
This program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. If, after reading all of the information on this fact sheet, you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant Program, you should contact the financial aid office at the college where you will be enrolled.

Legal & Financial

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United Buying Service
(UBS) is a buying and finance referral service that has been saving consumers money for over 40 years. Services like UBS' Real Estate Agent Rebate could add up to thousands of dollars of savings. By using UBS' real estate benefits, you can get a 1% cash rebate on the sales price of your home whenever you buy or sell - that's $4,000 cash back on a $400,000!Whether you are looking to buy or sell a house, apartment building or investment property, UBS will refer you to a preferred licensed professional realtor who will discount their services to you. Based upon mass purchasing power, you have access to a program that contains services and discounts not widely available to the general public, such as:

  • Free consultation
  • Free home valuation
  • Free home loan/mortgage prequalification
  • Discounted real estate fees. Call (800) YES-COST or (312) 698-9990 to learn more about UBS real estate services that are available to IFT members.

United Credit Union
United Credit Union has a myriad of quality financial services available for IFT members.



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