Trade your student debt for a promising career serving Veterans. If you’re looking for help repaying your student loans, you can qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program with a VA career.

By cancelling loans after 10 years of public service, PSLF removes the burden of student debt on public servants and entices people to work in high-need fields. Because VA is a federal employer, new and existing VA workers with federal student loans may be eligible for this national loan forgiveness program.

Qualifying for the program

The PSLF program forgives your remaining loan balance after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying student loan repayment plan while working full-time for certain employers, like VA.

Right now, the U.S. Department of Education has waived some requirements for applications submitted through Oct. 31, 2022, opening up loan forgiveness to more borrowers.

Still, though, you need qualifying employment to be considered, which is one of many reasons why you should consider a career at VA.

Investing in your future

Despite the short-term waiver that expands PSLF, the program is ongoing, which means that anyone looking for a career at VA can participate once they begin their employment.

But that’s not all VA has to offer. With our Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), VA employees with qualifying student loans who are in specific, difficult-to-recruit direct patient care positions may receive up to $200,000 over a five-year period.

And for those looking to continue their education, the Employee Incentive Scholarship Program (EISP) offers significant support. This program provides eligible VA employees with tax-free scholarships of up to $41,572 toward the cost of higher education, including tuition, registration fees and books. In return, you agree to work at VA for one to three years after you complete the program.

We offer some of the most comprehensive employee education benefits in the nation, and we work hard to ensure you have access to tools, benefits and training that provide the personal and professional growth needed to take your career to next level.

Work at VA

A job at VA could provide some relief from your student loans and be the next step on your journey to a fulfilling career.

By VA Careers

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Published on Jun. 6, 2022

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  1. Kay George June 28, 2022 at 11:33 am

    Beware!!! The Department of Veteran Affairs did but qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). I can’t find an eligible EIN NUMBER to save my life to show eligibility. I called HR and they don’t know. They referred me to the finance department whose number is disconnected. I’m at the VA in St. Louis. Help!!! I refuse to think I wasted all these years.

  2. Latoya Bobo June 12, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    I started with the VA as an Agency nurse in 2019 and was hired in August 2020, I am A LPN in a BSN program since July 2021, applied for Scholarship assistance, and was denied by my nurse manager and Chief due to nursing shortage and my request to attend school and clinical one day a week and supplement the missed day on Wednesdays and weekends. Why wouldn’t the VA promote their nurses within the system to become stronger and better nurses that could work in any department with a BSN? My option provided to me was to find a department that would accommodate my schedule after my nurse manager wrote her recommendation and the Chief signed the commitment to hiring and I already had submitted my application. The nursing administration backed them on the decision. The ER stated they would have gladly allowed me to work with them since I was detailed with them for almost a year during covid. There is no compromising or support in Primary care for LPN trying to further their education with the VA. I love my Veterans and don’t want to leave them. Working at the VA was and is a dream career for me. I want my DNP in Leadership.

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