Chapter 6A of the general laws, as so appearing in the 2016 official edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 16Z the following new section:-
Section 16AA. (a) As used in this section, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:
“qualified education loan,” 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.
“human service provider,” a community-based human services organization with a human services program funded by the executive office of health and human services, the executive office of elder affairs, the department of housing and community development or the department of early education and care.
“human services worker,” an employee of a human service provider who provides treatment, support, or services to clients or their families.
(b) There shall be a student loan repayment program for human service workers to encourage individuals to enter the field and maintain employment at human service programs. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services shall administer the program in accordance with guidelines promulgated by the Department of Higher Education.
(c) 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 $50,000 per year. Further, individuals must have maintained 12 consecutive months of employment as a human service worker 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, and the payments shall be made directly to the lender.
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The General Court provides this information as a public service and while we endeavor to keep the data accurate and current to the best of our ability, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.