The Trump shutdown is hurting hundreds of thousands of federal workers and the millions of people we serve.
The American Federation of Teachers and our affiliate the Federation of Indian Service Employees (FISE) are working in Washington, D.C., to support commonsense solutions that will end the federal government shutdown. But we want to do more to help our members and their families cope with the day-to-day financial hardships resulting from the shutdown.
Special assistance for FISE members
The AFT is offering our members a special one-year, interest-free, no-credit-check loan of up to $1,500. No payments will be due on these loans until after the shutdown has ended. Borrowers can take up to 12 months to repay the loans.
If you are interested in accessing this special member benefit, please fill out this short form. The AFT will verify your membership, and you will then be contacted by the AFL-CIO credit union, which will be administering the loan, to complete the process.
Federal government resources
Federal Student Loan Debt
If you have federal student loan debt and are currently not receiving a paycheck, you should know that income-driven repayment plans are an option for your student loans. IDR plans are repayment plans where your monthly payment is based on your adjusted gross income and family size, rather than how much you owe. When your income is low or zero, your payments through these plans can be as low as $0 a month, and you will continue making progress toward Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and other loan forgiveness even while making $0 payments. You can recertify your income on the basis of an income decrease at any time. For more information, click here.
AFT member benefits
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