Kansas does have a program that will pay your student loans in exchange for your moving to specific counties designated as Rural Opportunity Zones.
How much they pay: New full-time residents can have up to $15,000 in student loans repaid by the state of Kansas.
How to qualify: Establish residency after July 1, 2011 in one of 77 counties in Kansas designated as Rural Opportunity Zones, have student loan debt, and have completed an associates, bachelors, or post-graduate degree.
Drawbacks: You have to become a full-time resident in rural area of Kansas. Some people may see that as a drawback because employment opportunities may be limited. It could be a great opportunity for telecommuters, freelancers, and anyone looking to start a new business.
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If you don’t mind moving to Canada, Saskatchewan also has a student loan repayment incentive for new residents. Although the program used to give residents money to repay their loans, the overwhelming success resulted in changes being made in early 2015. They do, however, continue to offer loan forgiveness to nursing graduates working in remote, rural areas.
How much do they pay: Saskatchewan’s Graduate Retention Program gives residents a tax credit of up to $20,000 over ten years.
How to qualify: Loans from both U.S. and Canadian universities are eligible for this program, but you will have to be moving to Saskatchewan and file income taxes there in order to qualify.
Drawbacks: Moving out of the United States and getting a job in Saskatchewan.
Would you consider moving if it meant getting help with your student loans? If you would, here are a few more things to consider: