Tuition Grant

for Probationary Teachers and ESP

Missouri NEA understands your struggles as educators and support professionals. You want to be the best educator you can be for the students in your school. You know there's more knowledge to gain, but the budget is tight, and you're not sure how you'll swing it.

Missouri NEA can help. Thanks to funding from Reliant Financial Services, your MNEA membership means you are eligible to receive a $500 tuition grant toward the cost of a three-hour course. Members will have financial support as they strive toward academic growth and teaching excellence. 

Recipients are only eligible to receive one grant per year. The applicant must complete the course and achieve a grade of 'C' or better before receiving funds. Grants will be awarded for a class taken between January and December. A random drawing will be held to decide the winners. Membership in Missouri NEA must be confirmed before the grant is awarded and again before the money is disbursed.

You must be one of the following to be eligible to apply:

  • Probationary teachers in the first five years of teaching working toward a Master's degree ($500 grants)
  • Education Support Professionals who are taking a course to advance career in education ($500 grants)
    Online application or Mail-in application 

Applications must be received or postmarked on or before Jan. 31. The drawing will be held Feb. 8. 


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Share your story

Even though we are not at school supporting Missouri students, members continue to help every day during this crisis. MNEA wants to share your stories as we struggle through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are hearing about members who are continuing to care for their students by

  • volunteering at school district Grab & Go meal distribution centers and food drives
  • providing child care for essential medical staff
  • shopping for the elderly so they don’t have to leave the safety of their homes

Your stories help show that educators don’t stop caring. Please send your stories with pictures to MNEA at, so we can share them. You can post to social media, making sure you tag @MissouriNEA and use the hashtags  #MNEAheroes and  #MNEAprotects.