Member 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 plan to teach at a nonprofit Illinois public school with no less than 30 percent of the students are minorities and you are a minority, you may qualify for the MTI 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 teacher in Illinois, you may be eligible for the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program.


Perkins Loan Forgiveness

You may be eligible to have all or a portion of your Federal Perkins Loan canceled (based on your employment or volunteer service) or discharged (under certain conditions).

Legal & Financial

AIG Retirement Services

AIG can assist you in planning for a secure retirement.

United Buying Service

United Buying and Finance Service is a referral service that has negotiated special discounts with Realtors, Mortgage Lenders, Auto Dealers, Retailers, Service Providers, Insurance and Retirement Accounts. This means you can take advantage of special savings on buying, selling, financing and refinancing homes, automobiles, appliances, and other name brand merchandise.

United Credit Union

With United Credit Union, you will enjoy access to the most complete list of financial products and services as well as benefits offered only to United Credit Union Members.


The Illinois Federation of Teachers supports the continuing education of high school seniors by awarding two scholarships annually.

The American Federation of Teachers provides the following scholarships:


As an IFT member, you are entitled to the benefits offered by the AFT member benefits program, AFT +.


Benefits include:

Validate your AFT Membership Card to obtain full access to the AFT+ member benefits programs. To request a new membership card, send an e-mail to 

Union Plus

Union Privilege is a nonprofit founded by the AFL-CIO to provide excellent consumer Union Plus benefit programs exclusively to union members (current and retired) and their families.

Benefits include: