The Perkins Loan Forgiveness Program was the first to provide for cancellation of loans for teachers in low-income school districts.
A 2005 Second Circuit decision broadened the Perkins Loan Forgiveness Program to include numerous occupations related to teaching, public interest law and social work. Since the Second Circuit decision, the Department of Education has clarified its position in a “Dear Colleague letter” explaining that the program has indeed expanded to include numerous occupations that are considered socially desirable professions.
A short list of covered occupations include:
- Full-time nurses or medical technicians;
- Full-time law enforcement or correction officers;
- Full-time staff members in the education component of Head Start;
- Military service;
- VISTA or Peace Corps volunteers;
- Full-time fire fighters in local, state, or federal fire departments;
- Full-time speech pathologists with master’s degrees working in certain elementary or secondary schools;
- Certain librarians working in certain schools;
- Full-time attorneys employed in public or community defender organizations.
Check the following website for more information:
Dunne Law Offices, P.C.
1500 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 854-6342 (Office)