The United States federal government provides a variety of tuition reimbursement grants and loan repayment grants to former U.S. students. Most of these programs require that a participant perform a service for a certain amount of time, and most are also limited to persons with expertise and a degree in a particular subject.
Teacher Tuition Reimbusement Grants
Former education majors can be reimbursed for tuition charges through the Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers, administered by the United States Department of Education. This program provides tuition reimbursement grants of up to $17,500, and pays for interest as well as a loan's principal balance. To be eligible, a student must have qualifying Stafford loans, must not be in default on any government loans and must have worked for five consecutive years as a teacher in a school department that is considered low-income by the Department of Education. Prospective applicants should visit the Department of Education website for complete program details. U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 1-800-433-3243 ed.gov
Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, offers tuition reimbursement to former nursing students through the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program. This program provides grants of up to 85 percent of a student's current loan debt. To be eligible, a person must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, must be a registered nurse and must have a nursing degree from an accredited U.S. institution. To participate in the program, a nurse must commit to working full-time as a nurse at an eligible non-profit organization. Former students must work for three years in order to have the full 85 percent of their loan repaid. Interested persons should visit the department's website for more information. Human Resources and Services Administration 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857 hrsa.gov
Medical Researcher Loan Repayment Programs
The United States Department of Health and Human Services offers tuition reimbursement to researchers through the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs. These loan repayment programs repay up to $35,000 of school loan debt per year. This includes debt incurred in graduate programs as well as undergraduate programs. To be eligible, a former student must be qualified to do medical research in one of five target research areas. A person must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and in most cases is also required to hold a doctorate degree. Prospective applicants should visit the department's website for complete program details. National Institutes of Health 9000 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20892 866-849-4047 nih.gov
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