Loan Forgiveness Program for Accepting Nurses | Lifestyles

HARRISBURG — Nurses living and licensed in Pennsylvania can apply for new funds recently added to the PA Student Loan Assistance Program for Nurses. Applications should be sent to PHEAA by March 1.

Sen. Michele Brooks of Jamestown, R-50, who penned a co-sponsorship memo for the legislation in April 2021, said it was important to her to ensure funds were distributed to all parts of the country. Commonwealth, as too often rural. Pennsylvania is disproportionately underfunded.

Applicants must have worked a minimum of 1,250 combined hours at a qualified Pennsylvania nursing facility, with employment commencing before December 31, 2021, in the qualifying 12-month calendar year.

Qualified applicants could receive up to $2,500 in relief for each year of work, starting in 2020, for up to three years, allowing for a maximum benefit of $7,500 for their student loan debt.

“We just changed legislation in the Senate last month that includes an additional $15 million for the program,” Senator Brooks said.

“The bill passed with the agreement of all four legislative caucuses and the governor.”

Applications are available online at www.pheaa.org/funding-opportunities/loan-relief-for-nurses

The best way to return an application is by fax at (717) 720-3786. The application should be submitted in one document or by mail to: PHEAA PA Student Loan Relief for Nurses Program, Box 8157, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157.

“We appreciate the dedication of our nurses, healthcare workers and all those who work tirelessly to ensure access to healthcare, especially during the challenges of the past two years. This loan relief program is one of the many ways we in Harrisburg are working to recruit and retain nurses across our healthcare continuum to address unprecedented workforce shortages.

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