PA’s student loan relief programs next month
HARRISBURG, PA – (WTAJ) Gov. Tom Wolf issued a reminder regarding Pennsylvania’s student aid programs, which will begin accepting applications in January.
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency will begin supporting applications from students eligible for Pennsylvania Student Loan Relief or the Pennsylvania Student Loan Relief Program for Nurses. The Nursing Program was developed for nurses who work tirelessly to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These programs are a way to thank individuals for their tireless efforts and encourage more students to pursue these career paths. Loan cancellation opportunities are available now, and we need to get the word out so that eligible Pennsylvanians can take advantage of these critical programs, ”Governor Wolf said.
“As a nurse, I was proud to champion this funding and I am delighted to work with Governor Wolf and the PHEAA to launch this student loan relief program,” said Senator Maria Collett. “For nurses in Pennsylvania, COVID-19 has made an already difficult and stressful job exponentially; this program is an excellent first step to better support them and keep them in the profession.
In addition, Governor Wolf announced on Dec. 17 that Pennsylvania will not tax student loan forgiveness for the nurses’ program and the civil service loan forgiveness program. Pennsylvaia joins the federal government and several other states in making loan forgiveness tax-free.
“The past 22 months of battling the pandemic have put a strain on public sector workers here in Pennsylvania and across the country,” Governor Wolf said. “By supporting our compatriots in Pennsylvania, we are keeping the Commonwealth competitive with other states and further prospering by ensuring that the best and brightest minds come to Pennsylvania.”
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