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Student Loan Repayment

Title 5 United States Code (U.S.C.) 5379 and accompanying regulations found at 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) ยง 537, authorize agencies to repay student loans to recruit or retain highly qualified professional, technical, or administrative personnel. Department Administrative Order 202-957 further authorizes Department of Commerce operating units to make such payments. Payments are to be made by direct payment to the educational or lending institution on behalf of the employee and are not authorized as reimbursement to an employee for payments made by the employee prior to entering into a Student Loan Repayment Service Agreement with the agency. For more information see DAO 202-957, Student Loan Repayment Policy.

For more information, contact Sabra Street at sstreet@doc.gov or (202) 482-4270.