Did you know? As a full-time RCAC employee, under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of your William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan). Reduced loan payments may also be available through several Direct Loan Program repayment plans, including the Income-Based Repayment Plan (IBR Plan).

The PSLF Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on your Direct Loan after you have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full-time by certain public service employers. Since you must make 120 qualifying payments on your eligible federal student loans after Oct.1, 2007, before you can qualify for the loan forgiveness, the first forgiveness of loan balances will not be granted until October 2017.

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What types of public service jobs will qualify a borrower for loan forgiveness under the PSLF Program?

You must be employed full-time (in any position) by a public service organization, or must be serving in a full-time AmeriCorps or Peace Corps position. Here are the types of organizations that meet the definition of “public service organization” for purposes of the PSLF Program:

  • A government organization (including a federal, state, local, or tribal organization, agency, or entity; a public child or family service agency; or a tribal college or university)
  • A not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • A private, not-for-profit organization (that is not a labor union or a partisan political organization) that provides one or more of the following public services:
  • Emergency management
  • Military service
  • Public safety
  • Law enforcement
  • Public interest law services
  • Early childhood education (including licensed or regulated health care, Head Start, and state-funded prekindergarten)
  • Public service for individuals with disabilities and the elderly
  • Public health (including nurses, nurse practitioners, nurses in a clinical setting, and full-time professionals engaged in health care practitioner occupations and health care support occupations)
  • Public education
  • Public library services
  • School library or other school-based services

There are several conditions and restrictions, for all the details visit StudentAid.gov/repay.