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NEA STUDENT DEBT NAVIGATOR

NEA Member Benefits and the NEA Members Insurance Trust are excited to announce that, as of June 25, 2020, NEA members can enroll in the premium version of the NEA Student Debt Navigator for a full year at no cost!

The NEA Student Debt Navigator, offered in partnership with Savi, a social impact technology company working to solve the student loan debt crisis, was developed in response to an astounding $1.5 Trillion in student debt burdening 43 million Americans today. The average NEA member carries student loan debt of $25,000 to $30,000, with many topping $40,000! The tool helps student loan borrowers navigate the confusing landscape of loan repayment and forgiveness options available through the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness and Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs.

While NEA members have had free access to the basic version of the online Student Debt Navigator—previously called the NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator—for more than a year on NEAMB.com, the premium version was available for a fee of $29.95 per year (albeit highly discounted from the $99 annual cost to the general public).

The major advantage of the premium version of the Navigator is that it provides the technical support of Savi’s student loan experts who can answer members’ questions and help them fill out and e-file their student or public service loan forgiveness applications. This personal assistance greatly increases the likelihood that members will successfully complete the process and, hopefully, reduce or eliminate some of their student loan debt!

The year of premium access to the NEA Student Debt Navigator is one of the no-cost benefits provided by the NEA Members Insurance Trust, which include the NEA Introductory Life and NEA Complimentary Life Insurance programs.

To check out this benefit: https://www.neamb.com/products/nea-student-debt-navigator

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Check Out the Free NEA Member Benefits Financial Whiteboard

This four-part email series is designed to give you the financial edge on important money matters.

You’ll find tips, tools and videos to help make sense out of your finances. We’ll cover topics like:

  • Student Debt Relief
  • Stretching Your Paycheck
  • Managing Credit
  • Saving for the Future

Click here to sign up for the free financial whiteboard series today!

https://www.neamb.com/landing-pages/sign-up-for-the-nea-member-benefits-financial-whiteboard-newsletter.

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Beware of Tax Time ID Theft

Just when you thought that you’ve done all that was needed to file your taxes this year…you get an URGENT email from the IRS that something is wrong and you must reply right away. Don’t!

Phishing emails and text messages are the preferred forms of communication for a variety of recent tax time scams. While they may appear to come from the IRS, they are actually designed by scammers to:

  • Lure you into clicking on malicious links that install malware capable of stealing the personal information on your computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Have you provide “missing” personal information, such as your social security number
  • Pay them via a wire transfer or preloaded debit card with a threat of arrest if you do not comply

Scammers and thieves know that we have been “trained” to fear the IRS and they prey on our emotions. Over the years, many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email.

What you should know…the IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media about a tax bill/refund or to request personal or financial information.This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.In fact, the IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail or “notices” delivered by the United States Postal Service.

  • Forward an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or an IRS-related component like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.
  • Report phone scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

While the IRS has instituted new programs and resources to try and prevent tax ID theft, they warn that crooks continue to find new, more sophisticated ways to capitalize on our money. That’s why they have a comprehensive list of information about tax-time identity theft and helpful links at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection.

California Casualty has been serving the needs of educators since 1951 and is the only auto and home insurance company to earn the trust and endorsement of the National Education Association (NEA). As a result, NEA members qualify for exceptional rates, deductibles waived for vandalism or collisions to your vehicle parked at school, holiday or summer skip payment plans and free Identity Defense protection – exclusive benefits not available to the general public. Learn how to save by getting a quote at www.neamb.com/autohome, or by calling 1.800.800.9410.

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Featured on the NEA Member Benefits Web Site – Beginning January 1, 2020

The New Year is here and that means it’s time for Resolutions—taking time to reflect on where you are and where you want to be in the future. Even though you just got back from Winter Break and are already stressed about lesson planning, grading, writing college recommendation letters and dealing with the way Snow Days are messing up your schedule, you are just about half way through the year and need to start thinking about Spring Break and your plans for the summer. No matter what you’re trying to figure out, NEAMB.com has you covered.

  • The Holidays mean shopping—shopping for gifts, for meals when entertaining, and for travel. The problem is, now you have to pay the bills. Are you trying to figure out whether you should pay off your debt or invest in your savings? Or maybe you aren’t sure of the best way to consolidate your debt. We have resources, calculators and everything you need to know at www.neamb.com/finance.
  • Did you make a New Year’s resolution to travel more? Not only do we have deals on cruises and other beach vacations, but our website has a quiz to help you find your dream trip for 2020. After you take the quiz, you can enter to win our Dream Vacation Sweepstakes! Learn more at www.neamb.com/travel.
  • Did you graduate last spring and now you’re worried about your student loan payments kicking in? We can help you learn how to lower your monthly payments and even how to qualify for student loan forgiveness—just go to www.neamb.com/studentloans
  • Protecting yourself and your family is so important that we have a new section of our website dedicated to helping you figure out how. Learn more through articles such as Moments that Matter and Five Money Mistakes to Avoid. Don’t forget to make sure your life insurance beneficiary information is up-to-date at www.neamb.com/protect.

From the IEA President

"IEA Member Benefits program provides education professionals with savings, discounts, products and services to enrich their professional and personal lives. This is an amazing program and an added benefit to being a member of the Idaho Education Association."

Layne McInelly
President
Idaho Education Association

Contact Info

208.344.8336 / 800.223.6583  
ieamemberbenefits.org
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