• Reminders

  • HCAFA Executive Committee monthly meetings continue to be held online via Zoom.  All HCAFA members are invited to join the sessions. Meeting times are 10 to 11 AM. Meeting dates – subject to change – are as follows:

    • April 1
    • May 5
  • For information, contact HCAFA President Robert Allare at hcafapresident@gmail.com Unfortunately, our local Illinois Education Association office in Palatine is closed due to the pandemic, but messages (847.359.0300) are forwarded to us. For an emergency situation, you may contact the HCAFA President via email (hcafapresident@gmail.com) or IEA's central office in Springfield at https://ieanea.org/ieaconnect/ for telephone and live chat during their limited weekday hours as well as the email option. 

NOTICE OF ELECTIONS

ATTENTION ALL HCAFA MEMBERS!   HCAFA NEEDS YOU!!

Our Executive Committee members hope the semester is going smoothly for you.  It’s election season for our membership and we solicit your support and involvement.  

Our membership will fill HCAFA leadership positions to serve through May, 2024 with an online election to be held.

The below PDF document includes more details regarding the Positions.

NOMINATIONS must be received by 1:00pm, Monday, May 16, 2022 at HCAFAtreasurer@gmail.com

May 2022 Newsletter

Below is a link to the May 2022 newsletter:

Newsletters are published each semester. Have you done something extraordinary recently? Have a question you would like see answered? Have a story idea? Email any officer or representative.  Check the Contact tab for their email addresses.

Webinars on filing for unemployment in the summer

(From the IEA e-mail newsletter dated April 28th)

The spring semester is nearly over and for many contingent faculty that means three or four months without paychecks. In other professions, this is called a layoff and those placed in that situation by their employer are entitled to unemployment compensation. Unfortunately, federal and state law discriminate against employees of educational institutions (particularly “instructional” employees), denying unemployment benefits because this is a “customary break.”

If you’ve ever (or never) thought about filing for unemployment, attend one of the webinars sponsored by the Higher Ed Council. You’ll find out about the opportunities and pitfalls for college faculty filing for unemployment, as well as practical advice on how to actually file and maximize your chances of getting approved for benefits. At this point, there are three webinars scheduled. Register today!

  • Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m.
  • Monday, May 16 at 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m.

Student debt relief update

(From the IEA e-mail newsletter dated April 28th)

More good news on student debt relief through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). The “pause” on making student loan payments has been extended to Aug. 31. This means that not making payments during the “pause” will not jeopardize your eligibility for PSLF and there will be no interest charged on your loan during that period. 

One more date to keep in mind: If you want to get a previous denial of your PSLF debt relief waived, you must apply by Oct. 31. Until then, educators are eligible for PSLF if they have made 120 payments while working for a certified employer.

  • It does not matter what kind of loan you had;
  • It does not matter if you have been denied forgiveness in the past;
  • And, it does not matter if some payments were not previously credited.

For more information on:

  • PSLF in general
  • On the “pause”, same URL as above, scroll down to: I have not made student loan payments during the cares act payment pause. How does that affect my PSLF payment count?

If you, or anyone you know, has gotten student debt relief from either PSLF or TLF, please let us know by contacting Frank Brooks. We’d love to feature such successes in future communications from the Higher Ed Council!

And don’t forget that IEA members have access to a free student loan benefit, the NEA Student Debt Navigator, powered by Savi. Sign up at neamb.com/GetNavNEA to receive personalized advice from student debt experts and to gain access to Savi’s e-filing function, which helps eliminate the common mistakes that bar many applicants from receiving forgiveness.

April 2022 Newsletter

Below is a link to the April 2022 newsletter:

Newsletters are published each semester. Have you done something extraordinary recently? Have a question you would like see answered? Have a story idea? Email any officer or representative.  Check the Contact tab for their email addresses.

March 2022 Newsletter

Below is a link to the January 2022 newsletter:

Newsletters are published each semester. Have you done something extraordinary recently? Have a question you would like see answered? Have a story idea? Email any officer or representative.  Check the Contact tab for their email addresses.

January 2022 Newsletter

Below is a link to the January 2022 newsletter:

Newsletters are published each semester. Have you done something extraordinary recently? Have a question you would like see answered? Have a story idea? Email any officer or representative.  Check the Contact tab for their email addresses.

December 2021 Newsletter

Below is a link to the December 2021 newsletter:

Newsletters are published each semester. Have you done something extraordinary recently? Have a question you would like see answered? Have a story idea? Email any officer or representative.  Check the Contact tab for their email addresses.

September 2021 Newsletter

Below is a link to the September 2021 newsletter:

Newsletters are published each semester. Have you done something extraordinary recently? Have a question you would like see answered? Have a story idea? Email any officer or representative.  Check the Contact tab for their email addresses.

How your dues are allocated

What do I get for one dues dollar?

The below PDF document shows how one IEA dues dollar ($1) is allocated to support and represent members and affiliates in their efforts to achieve IEA’s mission.