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CSEA Member Benefits

CSEA offers a wide selection of exclusive member benefits and discounts.

Member Benefits

You must be a CSEA member or Retiree Unit member to access the information.  The service center is available to assist you over the phone; please call CSEA Member Benefits at (866) 487-2732. You can also email memberbenefits@csea.com.  If you have not created an account, register to access your benefits and more.  Contact your Chapter President, Labor Relations Rep or Member Services at (866) 487-2732 or memberbenefits@csea.com for your Member ID number. 

CSEA E-Store

Shop a brand-new collection of CSEA-branded items or shop the clearance section for some of our oldies but goodies! You will find pens, drinkware, clothing, and more for yourself, your family, and your chapter members. Inventory will be limited and available while supplies last, so get ready to shop! Go to www.csea.com/store.

Education Services

CSEA Dependent Scholarship

Looking for ways to help pay for your dependent’s college education? CSEA awards $1,000 Dependent Scholarships to graduating high school seniors as well as those already enrolled in community college, college/universities, or trade/vocational colleges. Applications are available and can be found here. Applications are due February 1, 2021. Applicants must be a dependent of a CSEA member in good standing. The selection of the scholarship winners is overseen by the CSEA Scholarship Committee and all applicants are notified of their award status no longer than the end of April.

More Info: https://csea.com/member-benefits/dependent-scholarships 

Member Career Grant

Are you a member taking college classes on a part- or full-time basis? Then this program is for you! CSEA can help offset the cost of furthering your education. $1,000 grants are awarded based on a combination of criteria, which includes financial need, career goals, community service, and participation in CSEA activities. Applications are available beginning in June and are due October 31. 

More Info: https://csea.com/member-benefits/member-career-grant

Member Student Loan Reducer 

Student loan debt is a major problem that many of our members face. Thanks in part to an annual grant fromSchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. CSEA can help members ease the debt with $500 grants. Applications are available in September of each year and are due February 15. Applications can be found here. The selection of the grant winners is made by the CSEA Scholarship Committee and all applicants are notified of their award status no later than the end of March.

More Info: https://csea.com/member-benefits/member-student-loan-reducer-program 

Member Reimbursement Subsidy
This subsidy grant is available to members seeking funds to help pay for various opportunities that link them to the union, students, and/or the community. Subsidy grants are awarded based on the budget approved annually. 
Union Plus Scholarships

This scholarship is for members or their dependents attending higher education. The applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college, university, community college, technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Applications are available in June and are due January 31. More Info:  https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/education/union-plus-scholarships 

Amusements & Attractions

Get tickets and discounts to all major theme parks like Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Legoland, Universal Studios, Aquarium of the Pacific, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, museums, movie theaters and much more. 

More Info: https://csea.com/member-benefits/amusements-attractions?keyword=movie&benefit_category_id= 

Everyday Benefits & Discounts

Spend less on everything from flowers and gifts to cell phone plans and pet insurance. CSEA offers everyday savings for you and your family. 

More info: https://csea.com/member-benefits/everyday-benefits-discounts 


CSEA has discounts for your next family vacation, including a vacation planning service, rental car discounts, and great hotel rates. 

More Info: https://csea.com/member-benefits/travel?keyword=&benefit_category_id=&page=0 

Financial Services

From credit unions to direct deposit bank cards to budget and debt counseling, CSEA membership can help you manage your finances and save money.

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union

Get free checking with no minimum balance requirements, no monthly fees and unlimited transactions. SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union exclusively serves school employees and their families throughout the state with benefits and services designed for you. Visit: https://www.schoolsfirstfcu.org/ 

First Financial Federal Credit Union

CSEA members and their families enjoy free checking, a no-cost personalized auto buying service, competitively low auto loan rates for new and pre-owned cars, budget friendly real estate loans, and so much more. Visit: https://www.ffcu.org/about/community/local-endorsements

Provident Credit Union
CSEA members save money with discounts on mortgage and auto loan interest rates. Open a new checking account and earn $300. Their free Super Reward Checking earns a high interest rate, requires no minimum balance, and has free transactions at any ATM.  Visit:  https://providentcu.org/seg-discounts?CSEA= 
Capital One CSEA Credit Card – Union Plus

The Capital One Union Plus Credit Card offers a competitive 1.5% Cash Back on all purchases. Featuring competitive interest rates and valuable Mastercard® benefits, members can choose from three different card options to earn rewards and build credit with responsible use. Visit: https://theunioncard.com/csea-california-school-employees-association-credit-card 

Free Budget and Debt Management Counseling

Members have 24/7 access to experienced consumer credit counseling advisors. Your free session covers a complete financial review, including budget analysis, credit management and counseling, assistance in budgeting, and an action plan. To request credit counseling, call (877) 833-1745.

Wisely Direct by ADP
Wisely Direct’s debit card gives you access to your money without the fees. Set up direct deposit for all or part of your paycheck and use the card to make purchases, obtain cash from ATMs, and pay bills online. More Info: https://csea.com/member-benefits/wisely-direct-by-adp 
Real Estate Rewards with Union Plus

Members who are buying or selling a home can earn $500 cash back for every $100,000 in home value when you use a real estate agent approved by SIRVA. Access over 4,600 licensed agents and get in touch with a local professional who specializes in your real estate market. More Info: https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/home-auto/real-estate-rewards 


CSEA members are automatically covered with a free $5,000 policy and can save on auto, home, disability, life, dental, vision, and other insurance. Visit: https://csea.com/member-benefits/insurance 


It’s never too early to plan for retirement. CSEA offers counseling on your CalPERS pension, Social Security benefits and Medicare Health Plan. More Info: 
CSEA CalPERS Pre-Retirement Webinars
It’s never too early to learn now how CalPERS pays you later. Attend a Pre-Retirement Webinar to learn key information about your CalPERS pension and Social Security benefits. More Info: https://csea.com/member-benefits/pre-retirement-planning 
Retirement Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions and we have the answers. Want to know when you are eligible to retire? Are you wondering what formula is used to calculate your retirement benefit? These are among the most common questions classified employees ask. Visit: https://csea.com/member-benefits/retirement/retirement-faq 


CSEA Assistance Fund

CSEA takes care of its members on the job, but it also lends a helping hand in times of crisis through the Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund. Members who are facing a natural disaster or personal tragedy can apply for financial assistance. This fund helps members going through some of the toughest times of their lives and is entirely sourced from member donations.  More Info: https://csea.com/member-benefits/assistance-fund-programs 

  • Emergency Assistance Program
  • Humanitarian Assistance Program
  • COVID-19 Funeral Expense Reimbursement Assistance

Legal Help

CSEA Legal Referral Program

Do you have a personal (non-work-related) legal concern? Obtain a referral to an attorney who will provide a free consultation and may also offer a discount to CSEA members. Call the CSEA Legal Referral Line. More Info: https://csea.com/member-benefits/legal-help?keyword=&benefit_category_id=105&check_logged_in=1 

Union Plus Legal Program

Do you have a legal question? Need to hire an attorney? Because you’re a union member, you can get free access to basic legal help or upgrade to a higher level of premium legal services for a low monthly fee. More Info: https://csea.com/member-benefits/legal-help?keyword=&benefit_category_id=105&check_logged_in=1  

Free Webinars

Are you interested in learning more about mental health, the district budget, or retirement options? You can access on-demand videos right here to view trainings on these subjects and many more!  Videos range from 2 to 30 minutes. More Info: https://csea.com/events-and-training/on-demand-training