Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary may establish an education debt reduction program under which the Secretary shall make education debt reduction payments under this section to qualified individuals eligible under subsection (b) for the purpose of reimbursing such individuals for payments by such individuals of principal and interest on loans described in paragraph (3) of that subsection.
(b) Eligibility.—An individual is eligible to participate in the program under this section if the individual—
has completed a doctoral degree in computer science or electrical or computer engineering at an accredited institution of higher education during the five-year period preceding the date on which the individual is hired;
(c) Amount of Assistance.—
The total amount payable to an individual under this section for any year may not exceed the amount of the principal and interest on loans referred to in subsection (b)(3) that is paid by the individual during such year.
The Secretary shall make education debt reduction payments under this section on an annual basis.
(2) The Secretary shall make such a payment—
on the last day of the one-year period beginning on the date on which the individual is accepted into the program established under subsection (a); or
(e) Performance Requirement.—
(f) Notification of Terms of Provision of Payments.—
(g) Covered Costs.—For purposes of subsection (b)(3), costs relating to a course of education or training include—