Federal employees seeking financial assistance or help with tuition expenses can apply to the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA), the only non-profit solely dedicated to helping federal employees.

Flood damages When a major storm strikes, a car breaks down or a spouse loses a job, FEEA is there for these federal employees who need an extra hand. For more than 25 years, FEEA has been there to assist federal employees in times of need. NTEU is an active partner with FEEA. Emergency loans of up to $1,000 are available to help employees who fall behind on basic living expenses (mortgage/rent or utilities) due to unforeseen emergencies such as natural disasters, leave without pay, government pay errors, death or illness in the family. 

To apply for help, contact FEEA at (800) 323-4140 or click here.


FEEA also sponsors the only annual, merit-based contest exclusively for federal employees, their spouses and college-age children. Awards range from $500-$7,500.

NTEU is a vital part of the scholarship program, having donated money to endow no fewer than five $5,000 scholarships each year.

Maritza Ozepy
Maritza Ozepy
FEEA Scholarship Winner

All federal employees with at least three years of service are eligible to apply for scholarships for themselves, their spouses or children. Applications are available from January through March and are due by the last Friday in March. Winners are awarded in the fall.

Each year, hundreds of winners are awarded scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 each. Up to seven top candidates receive an additional $5,000 FEEA-NTEU scholarship. These scholarships were first awarded in 2006 with $700,000 in unused administrative funds stemming from an NTEU-won settlement from a special-rates case.

One exceptional applicant will also receive the $5,000 Vernon Hunter Scholarship. This award, created by NTEU, honors an IRS manager and Vietnam veteran who was killed in 2010 when a disgruntled taxpayer flew his private plane into the Austin, Texas, IRS offices.

A Few Ways to Donate

FEEA relies on contribution from NTEU members like you. Consider making an individual donation or support FEEA during the year’s Combined Federal Campaign (#11185). Donate online or mail your check to FEEA, 3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80227

Also, FEEA has partnered with Amazon.com to become an AmazonSmile charity. Click here, sign in and pick FEEA as your charity. FEEA will receive an automatic donation equal to 0.5 percent of all your eligible purchases and you do not pay any more for your purchases.