Saturday, November 5, 2011

Other Profession-Related Loan Cancellation Programs

The Department of Education administers a loan-forgiveness program for certain child care providers with FFELs or Direct Loans.[1] Under this program, borrowers who have received an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or child care and who are providing full-time child care services that serve certain low-income communities are eligible for forgiveness of up to 100% of their total eligible loans. Only loans made after October 7, 1998, qualify. In January 2004, the Department of Education published the application for this cancellation program.[2]

The 2008 HEA reauthorization law created a number of new job-related cancellation programs, including loan forgiveness for service in areas of national need and limited loan repayment for civil legal assistance attorneys. Under the civil repayment program, attorneys may be awarded up to $6,000 in repayment assistance in 2010 and may be prioritized to receive assistance in future years if Congress continues to fund the program.[3]

[1] See 67 Fed. Reg. 55385 (Aug. 29, 2002).
[2] U.S. Dep’t of Educ., Dear Colleague Letter GEN-04-01 (Jan. 2004). The form is available on the Department of Education’s website at www.ed.gov
[3] For requirements and application procedures, see 75 Fed. Reg. 38999 (July 7, 2010).

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