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Florida Regulations 6A-20.041 - Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Florida Regulations > Department of Education > Division 6A > Chapter 6A-20 > § 6A-20.041. Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist Student Loan Forgiveness Program


Current as of: Dec. 2011

    (1) Therapist. As used in this rule, therapist means an occupational therapist (OT), physical therapist (PT), occupational therapy assistant (OTA) or physical therapist assistant (PTA).

    (2) Eligibility requirements. To receive aid, an applicant shall meet the provisions of Sections 240.6071 and 240.6073, Florida Statutes, and Rules 6A-20.001 and 6A-20.0371, F.A.C., and:

    (a) If an initial applicant, submit Form FFAA-3, Florida Financial Aid Application for Occupational/Physical Therapists, as incorporated by reference in Rule 6A-20.040, F.A.C., by July 15 after the end of the academic year in which the applicant worked for the first time as a full-time licensed occupational therapist or therapy assistant or as a licensed physical therapist or therapist assistant for at least ninety (90) days in a Florida publicly-funded school as defined in Section 228.041, Florida Statutes. A copy of Form FFAA-3 may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.

    (b) Submit an academic transcript from each postsecondary educational institution which the applicant attended in order to complete their education by July 15.

    (c) Submit by July 15, Form CEMP-1, Employment Certification, as incorporated by reference in Rule 6A-20.012, F.A.C. A copy of Form CEMP-1 may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.

    (d) If an initial applicant, submit by July 15 of the first year of full-time employment as a therapist in a Florida public school, Form CLON-1, Loan Certification, as incorporated by reference in Rule 6A-20.013, F.A.C. A copy of Form CLON-1 may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.

    (e) Have, at minimum, a valid temporary Florida permit as a therapist from the Department of Health.

    (f) Declare an intent to be employed for a minimum of three (3) years as a licensed therapist in a Florida publicly-funded school.

    (g) Have been employed as a therapist in a Florida publicly-funded school for a full school year. A school year shall be a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days during the period in which schools are regularly in session, or the equivalent as defined in Section 228.041(16), Florida Statutes. If an otherwise eligible applicant completes eligible employment service for at least ninety (90) days during a school year but does not complete one (1) full year of employment, the Department may provide up to one-half of a full award.

    (h) Not owe a repayment of a federal grant or any state grant or scholarship program unless satisfactory repayment arrangements have been made.

    (i) Not be in default on a loan made under any federal Title IV loan program or any state loan program unless satisfactory repayment arrangements have been made.

    (j) Not have received a Critical Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist Shortage Scholarship Loan or participated in the Critical Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist Shortage Tuition Reimbursement Program.

    (3) Appeals. An applicant may appeal decisions of ineligibility due to errors made by the Office of Student Financial Assistance under the terms of Rule 6A-20.0371, F.A.C.

    (4) Amount of award. The annual amount of student loan repayment shall be a maximum of twenty-five hundred (2,500) dollars for undergraduate loans and a maximum of five thousand (5,000) dollars for graduate loans for up to a combined total of five thousand (5,000) dollars annually. The amount of the award is based on the principal balance outstanding on the applicant’s loan as of June 30 prior to the beginning date of full-time employment as a therapist in a Florida publicly-funded school.

    (5) Maximum terms of eligibility. Eligible OTs and PTs may receive student loan forgiveness for a maximum of four (4) academic years or a total of ten thousand (10,000) dollars, whichever comes first. Eligible OTAs and PTAs may receive student loan forgiveness for a maximum of two (2) academic years or a total of five thousand (5,000) dollars, whichever comes first.

    (6) Award procedures. The Department shall determine eligibility and make awards. Awards may be prorated based on the number of eligible applicants. Renewal applicants will be given priority upon timely receipt of all required forms and documentation. The Department shall notify applicants of their award eligibility.

    (7) Payment of award. The Department shall provide for the delivery of funds to a therapist by issuing a warrant made payable to the therapist and the lending institution. If the therapist has more than one lender, the largest loan will be paid first. The Department will forward the warrant to the therapist for submission to the lending institution. However, a therapist who submits documentation from all lenders that all principal balances which were due as of June 30 prior to the beginning date of full-time employment in a Florida publicly-funded school, pursuant to subsection (3) of this rule, have been paid by the therapist, may have the warrant made payable directly to the therapist.

Laws implemented by this Rule: Florida Statutes § 240.4042, 240.6071, 240.6072

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