Sandra Yeaman

State Department was one of the first agencies to offer a Student Loan Repayment Program. The amount has always been below the maximum the law allows, but it has spread the money out to benefit the largest possible number of employees as a result.

It’s not an easy process to qualify for since the implementing regulations put some gates in the language on when the authority can be used — there are fewer gates for recruitment than for retention.

Here’s a link to the Department’s FAQs for prospective employees: http://careers.state.gov/root/faqs/faqs/faqs/will-the-federal-government-repay-my-college-loans-2