May 7, 2020

Texas Program to Provide Student Loan Assistance for Law Enforcement Officers

Texas Program to Provide Student Loan Assistance for Law Enforcement Officers


Texas Program to Provide Student Loan Assistance for Law Enforcement Officers

The Peace Officer Loan Repayment Assistance Program, signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in June 2019, was created to provide an incentive for residents looking to pursue a career in law enforcement.

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HOUSTON — The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced a loan repayment program that will benefit newly-appointed peace officers with student debt, according to a board release.

The Peace Officer Loan Repayment Assistance Program, signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in June 2019, was created to provide an incentive for residents looking to pursue a career in law enforcement, a field that has had difficulty filling vacant positions.

Set to launch in September, the program will give recipients up to $4,000 annually or a total of $20,000 in repayment assistance over a five-year period.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be a peace officer as defined in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure — which includes police officers, constables, sheriffs, rangers, city attorneys and other law enforcement — and must have been appointed full time on or after Sept. 1, 2019. Those who apply 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.

Awards are based on available funding and applications will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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

brittany.britto@chron.com

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