20 U.S. Code § 1078–11 - Loan forgiveness for service in areas of national need
The Secretary is authorized to issue such regulations as may be necessary to carry out this section.
The individual is employed full-time as an early childhood educator.
The individual is employed full-time in applied sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
The individual is employed full-time as a school superintendent, principal, or other administrator in a local educational agency, including in an educational service agency, in which 30 percent or more of the schools are schools that qualify under section 1087ee(a)(2)(A) of this title for loan cancellation for Perkins loan recipients who teach in such a school.
The individual is an occupational therapist and is employed full-time providing occupational therapy services to children, adolescents, or veterans.
Subject to paragraph (2), for each school, academic, or calendar year of full-time employment in an area of national need described in subsection (b) that a borrower completes on or after August 14, 2008, the Secretary shall forgive not more than $2,000 of the student loan obligation of the borrower that is outstanding after the completion of each such school, academic, or calendar year of employment, respectively.
The Secretary shall not forgive more than $10,000 in the aggregate for any borrower under this section, and no borrower shall receive loan forgiveness under this section for more than five years of service.
The Secretary shall grant loan forgiveness under this section on a first-come, first-served basis, and subject to the availability of appropriations.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the refunding of any repayment of a loan.
No borrower may, for the same service, receive a reduction of loan obligations under both this section and section 1078–10, 1078–12, 1087e(m), or 1087j of this title.
 See References in Text note below.
Section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, referred to in subsec. (b)(5)(A), was amended by Pub. L. 114–95 and, as so amended, is now section 8101 of the Act and no longer defines “highly qualified”. A reference in this section to the term “highly qualified” as defined in section 9101 of the Act is to be treated as a reference to such term under such section 9101 as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of Pub. L. 114–95. See section 9214(a)(1) of Pub. L. 114–95, set out as a Use of the Term “Highly Qualified” in Other Laws note under section 1070g–2 of this title.
The Head Start Act, referred to in subsec. (g)(4)(C)(ii), (5)(B), is subchapter B (§ 635 et seq.) of chapter 8 of subtitle A of title VI of Pub. L. 97–35, Aug. 13, 1981, 95 Stat. 499, which is classified generally to subchapter II (§ 9831 et seq.) of chapter 105 of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 9801 of Title 42 and Tables.
Subsec. (b)(8). Pub. L. 114–95, § 9215(oo)(8)(B), added par. (8) and struck out former par. (8). Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “The individual is employed full-time as a school counselor (as such term is defined in section 7245(e) of this title), in a school that qualifies under section 1087ee(a)(2)(A) of this title for loan cancellation for Perkins loan recipients who teach in such a school.”
2010—Subsec. (b)(18). Pub. L. 111–148, § 5205(b)(1), added par. (18).
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 111–148, § 5205(b)(2), added par. (1) and redesignated former pars. (1) to (9) as (2) to (10), respectively.
2009—Subsec. (g)(9)(B). Pub. L. 111–39 substituted “under subsection (ll)(4) of such section” for “under subsection (ll)(3) of such section”.
2008—Pub. L. 110–315 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to loan forgiveness for child care providers.
Amendment by Pub. L. 114–95 effective Dec. 10, 2015, except with respect to certain noncompetitive programs and competitive programs, see section 5 of Pub. L. 114–95, set out as a note under section 6301 of this title.
Section effective Oct. 1, 1998, except as otherwise provided in Pub. L. 105–244, see section 3 of Pub. L. 105–244, set out as an Effective Date of 1998 Amendment note under section 1001 of this title.
[For definition of “Allied Health Loan Forgiveness Program” as used in section 5205(a) of Pub. L. 111–148, set out above, see section 5002(a) of Pub. L. 111–148, set out as a note under section 294q of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare.]
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