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Texas program to provide student loan assistance for peace officers

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The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has announced a loan repayment program that will benefit newly appointed law enforcement officers with student debt, according to a council statement.

the Peace Officer Loan Repayment Assistance Program, enacted by Gov. Greg Abbott in June 2019, was created to inspire residents to pursue careers in law enforcement, an area that has struggled to fill vacancies.

Scheduled to launch in September, the program will provide beneficiaries with up to $ 4,000 per year or a total of $ 20,000 in repayment assistance over a five-year period.

To be eligible for the program, the candidate must be a peace officer as defined in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure – which includes police officers, police officers, sheriffs, rangers, city attorneys and other law enforcement – and must have been appointed full-time as of September 1, 2019. Those applying must also have had at least one year of full-time employment and at least 60 credit hours at an eligible Texas higher education institution prior to their appointment.

Prices are based on available funding and entries will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

More information can be found on the loan repayment assistance program website.

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