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Candidate loans and scholarships

NEA loans: NEA has developed a member benefit program to provide low-interest loans to MEA-MFT members who pursue National Board Certification. 

Other scholarships and support: Several scholarship opportunities become available during the course of any year for teachers interested in pursuing National Board Cerficiation. To determine if you are eligible for scholarship assistance, check the National Board's Candidate Resource Center at:               


Banking scores and retake scholarships:  MPTF is pleased to offer retake scholarships for Montana teachers who do not become certified after their first effort. Because all candidates can "bank" their scores, "retakes" typically involve retaking no more than 2-3 sections of the National Board Certification process. The fee for each section is $350. MPTF will provide one $350 scholarship per retake candidate.

Retake candidates interested in receiving this scholarship assistance should contact Marco Ferro directly at


National Board Certification: More About the Process
National Board Certified Teachers in Montana
Candidate Support & Assistance