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Fee Support

Program Fees

The table below lists the fee and deadline for each National Board program. Additional fees might apply, so access the Guide to National Board Certification for the complete information.



Final Payment Deadline

Take One!*


January 31

National Board Certification –
first time candidates**


National Board Certification –
retake candidates**

$350/retake selection

Certification Renewal


*Fees paid toward Take One! will be credited to National Board Certification, should the Take One! candidate apply their score to National Board Certification.
**A nonrefundable application processing charge is required to submit an application for National Board Certification.

Financial Support

Local & State Funding Information

Financial support might be available through your state or school district. Learn more by accessing your National Board state page.

National Board Scholarship Program

Take a look at the latest list of scholarships offered by generous corporations and foundations to see if one is right for you.

Loans for NEA Members

Special loans for National Board Certification are available for members of National Education Association (NEA). For more information about this loan, or to apply, call 1-866-266-0211 or visit the “Loans” page of the NEA member benefits website.

Financial Assistance for Veterans

Through the Montgomery G.I. Bill, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will reimburse eligible veterans up to $2,000 for National Board Certification assessment fees. The VA will also reimburse a portion of retake fees if candidates do not achieve certification on the first attempt. For additional information call 1-888-GI-BILL-1.

Methods of Payment

Checks, money orders, and purchase orders should be mailed to the following address:

National Board
c/o Bank of America, Illinois
99406 Collections Center Drive
Lockbox 99406
Chicago, IL 60693

Candidates can make electronic payments (MasterCard, Visa, and e-checks) by logging in to My Profile. Upon request, third-party payers may also use electronic funds transfer (EFT).

Extended Payment Option

First-time candidates for National Board Certification are eligible for an extended final payment deadline of March 15, if they agree to use e-check when making payments for which they are personally responsible. Log in to My Profile for additional information.


You might be eligible for a refund of a portion of fees paid should you choose to withdraw. However, processing charges and initial fees are nonrefundable. Requests for full refunds will not be honored, regardless of the circumstance. For complete information regarding National Board refund policies, please refer to the Guide to National Board Certification.