HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1366        FILED ON: 1/18/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 116


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Jeffrey N. Roy


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to a loan repayment program for human service workers.






Date Added:

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk


Mathew Muratore

1st Plymouth


Aaron Vega

5th Hampden


Denise Provost

27th Middlesex


Daniel Cahill

10th Essex


Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden


Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol


Jack Lewis

7th Middlesex


Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex


Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex


Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden


Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester


James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex


John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire


José F. Tosado

9th Hampden


Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk


Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex


Brian Murray

10th Worcester


Hannah Kane

11th Worcester


Joan B.  Lovely

Second Essex


Bud Williams

11th Hampden


Christopher M. Markey

9th Bristol


Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex


Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester


Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk


Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol


Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth


Gerard Cassidy

9th Plymouth


Barbara A. L'Italien

Second Essex and Middlesex


John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester


Kate D. Campanale

17th Worcester


Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex


Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire


Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable


Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol


Natalie Higgins

4th Worcester


Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex


Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex


Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin


Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex


Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex


James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1366        FILED ON: 1/18/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 116

By Mr. Roy of Franklin, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 116) of Jeffrey N. Roy and others for legislation to establish a student loan repayment program for human service workers.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court



An Act relative to a loan repayment program for human service workers.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Section 16 of Chapter 6A shall be amended by inserting the following new section, 16A. There shall be a student loan repayment program for human service workers for the purpose of encouraging individuals to enter and continue to work in human service programs. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services shall administer the program in accordance with guidelines promulgated by the Department of Education.

The term “qualified education loan” shall mean any indebtedness, including interest on such indebtedness, incurred to pay tuition or other direct expenses incurred in the connection with the pursuit of a certificate, undergraduate or graduate degree by an applicant. It shall not include loans made by any person related to the applicant.

To be eligible for this program, a participant must be working a minimum of 35 hours per week as a human service worker and have an individual income of no more than $45,000 per year. Further, individuals must have maintained 12 consecutive months of employment at a minimum of 35 hours per week to be eligible for this program. This program will help defray costs from previously incurred student loans for graduates holding certificate, undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Eligible participants in this program can be reimbursed up to $1,800 per year based on the amount of loan payments made by the participant. The Commonwealth shall repay the eligible participant’s student loan at a rate not to exceed $150 per month for a period not to exceed 48 months. Payments by the Commonwealth shall cover loan payments by the eligible participant only during the months in which the human service workers provides services in the Commonwealth.

A “human service worker” is defined as an individual employed by a human service organization who provides services by supporting individuals’ and families’ efforts to function in daily living situations. Human service worker is a generic term for people who hold professional jobs in settings such as group homes; institutional or residential settings; correctional or community health centers; at family, child and youth service agencies; and at programs that help individuals affected by alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence and/or aging.