AUSTIN, TX – Today, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announces the upcoming launch in September of a new loan repayment program for the benefit of newly appointed law enforcement officers with student loan debt.
Many law enforcement agencies are struggling to fill vacant positions. In June 2019, Governor Greg Abbott enacted Bill SB 16 (Texas 86th Legislature) authorizing the Law Enforcement Loan Repayment Assistance Program (POLRAP) to inspire Texans to pursue a career in enforcement. of the law and stay at work to help pay off their student loan debt.
The law defines “peace officer” in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, which describes 35 separate positions and roles. To be eligible for a loan repayment assistance application under the POLRAP, an initial applicant must have been initially appointed full-time peace officer on or after September 1, 2019, have worked at least one year as a as a full-time peace officer. officer in Texas and have accumulated at least 60 credit hours at an eligible Texas higher education institution prior to their initial appointment as a peace officer.
Upon admission to POLRAP, recipients will receive an initial award based on their previous year of service. A successful candidate can receive up to $ 20,000 in loan repayment assistance over a five-year period ($ 4,000 per year or one-fifth of the outstanding loan balance, whichever is less).
The scholarships depend on the funds available. In the first year of the program, applications will be selected on a first come, first served basis until funds are no longer available. After the initial year of the program, priority will be given to recipients from the previous year and initial applications will be selected on a first come, first served basis until funds are no longer available. Additional program requirements are posted on the POLRAP web page. The Coordinating Council plans to publish the application online in September.