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Loan Repayment/Forgiveness Programs

The State of Illinois offers assistance with student loan repayment for Illinois residents who qualify based on certain eligibility requirements. Typically, qualifying borrowers are those who have made an obligation to work in Illinois for a specific amount of time in a field that has experienced a shortage of workers (for example, teaching or nursing).

The number of awards made through programs administered by ISAC, as well as the individual dollar amount awarded, are subject to sufficient annual appropriations by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor.

Illinois Loan Repayment/Forgiveness Programs

In addition to these ISAC-administered programs, your entire student loan (or a portion of your obligation) may be cancelled (forgiven) by the federal government under certain circumstances. Federal programs include the Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program For Teachers, and the Loan Forgiveness in Areas of National Need, which replaced the Child Care Provider Loan Forgiveness Program.