As of August 1, 2022, all AAUP members will also be members of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), as a result of the affiliation agreement ratified by both organizations this summer.
One of the many benefits of being an AFT member includes access to a program called “Summer” for student debt management, which simplifies the process for applying for federal loan forgiveness. This program has saved AFT members significant money, some in the tens of thousands of dollars.
AFT has fought hard and developed this application portal and program after the roll out for federal loan forgiveness was challenging. They have also fought and won for an extended deadline, which is upcoming. They are still working on a second extension, but that hasn’t come to fruition yet. The current hard deadline to apply is October 31 and AAUP members have access to this particular benefit right now, even before the affiliation start date of August 1.