NEA Members to Pay Discounted Fee for Online Graduate Education Courses

neaLogoCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 28, 2014 – Graduate students who are members of the National Education Association (NEA) will pay a discounted incidental fee at Southeast Missouri State University when they enroll in online graduate education programs beginning this summer.

Under a measure approved today by the University’s Board of Regents, these students will pay an incidental fee rate equal to 95 percent of the in-state graduate incidental fee, said Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration.

A five percent discount on the summer 2014 in-state graduate incidental fee rate is a savings of $12.72 per credit hour for students.

The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization with more than 3.2 million members world-wide that work at every level of education – from pre-school to university graduate programs. The NEA recently issued a request to partner with one or more universities to provide Master of Education and doctoral online degree programs for its members through the NEA Academy. Southeast’s College of Education was accepted as one of four university programs to partner with NEA to offer graduate education curriculum.

One requirement of the program was a pricing advantage for NEA members. The Regents approved an incidental fee rate equal to the graduate in-state rate for all current NEA members enrolling in a Southeast online graduate education program at their Dec. 18 meeting. An additional 5 percent reduction on the in state graduate incidental fee rate will give Southeast a pricing advantage when NEA members compare with other graduate programs.

Mangels noted that these students will still pay the $31.20 per credit hour general fee and $12.50 per credit hour online course fee, designed to help fund the technology infrastructure required for online instruction.