The GAEA Educational Foundation
The foundation was formed in 2006 to provide tax education scholarships to Circular 230-regulated tax professionals who wish to attend the National Tax Practice Institute (NTPI) and to unlicensed tax preparers who wish to study for the IRS Special Enrollment Examination (SEE) to become Enrolled Agents.
The foundation has awarded scholarship totaling more than $90,000 since its founding. Scholarship applications are accepted during January of each year, and scholarships are awarded by the foundation board each May at the annual GAEA education workshop and convention. The scholarship is open to all Circular 230 practitioners, as well as unlicensed tax preparers who wish to study for the exam to become an Enrolled Agent.
The deadline to submit a 2020 scholarship application is April 30, 2020.
Special Enrollment Exam (SEE) Scholarships
The SEE scholarship is awarded in three parts - one portion for each of the three parts of the exam.
Each part will cover the cost of the recipient's chosen study guide for that exam part as well as the exam fee charged by Prometric to actually take the exam at a local testing center.
The exam fee currently is $184.97. The cost of study guides varies depending upon which tax education publisher's guides are chosen.
National Tax Practice Institute (NTPI) Scholarships
The National Tax Practice Institute consists of a sequence of three seminars covering advanced tax representation before the IRS.
Part I is offered both online and in-person. Parts II and III must be taken in person, and are offered each summer at the national NAEA conference and in the fall at a location in Florida.
The SEE scholarship will cover the highest cost of registration for one NTPI section (for 2020, the high fee was $990). Attendees are responsible for their own costs of transportation, lodging and meals.