Currently, HESAA administers the following loan redemption programs that can pay off a portion of an eligible individual’s student loans, in exchange for that individual’s agreement to serve in specified employment roles for a defined term.
A summary of each of HESAA’s loan redemption programs and the eligibility requirements is available by clicking on each link below:
One pressing challenge facing New Jersey's criminal justice system today is the retention of qualified prosecutors and public defenders. This program is designed to attract and retain talented attorneys in the service oriented public sector. Qualified attorneys who would be interested in public interest law often forego these careers because of the overwhelming student debt burden assumed during their education. Loan Redemption programs such as the John R. Justice Loan Redemption program are successful in attracting and retaining capable attorneys to careers that they might otherwise not consider.
This program is supported through a federal grant and is offered contingent upon receiving those funds.
To qualify for loan repayment assistance, an applicant must:
Be currently employed full-time by the State of New Jersey as an eligible prosecutor or public defender, and
Have eligible outstanding federal student loan debt in good standing with each lender
Complete the application process and be selected to participate
Sign a service agreement committing to remain employed as an eligible public defender or prosecutor for up to least three years
Frequently asked questions are posted
Interested candidates who need more information may contact HESAA at 800-792-8670, ext. 5535.
On December 14, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law The New Jersey STEM Loan Redemption Program. This program
offers an incentive for professionals to build and maintain their career in certain high-growth occupations in science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in New Jersey. This incentive will support innovative New Jersey
businesses in attracting and retaining the talent they need for success and growth.
The program offers student loan redemption in exchange for an employee’s commitment to full-time employment in a
designated high-growth STEM occupation at an employer in New Jersey for a period of at least four years and up to eight
years. After certification that an employee has worked for at least four years in a designated high-growth STEM
occupation in New Jersey, program participants are eligible to have up to $2,000
of eligible student loan expenses redeemed each year, for up to four years, up to a maximum of $8,000. Of
the annual $2,000 loan redemption payment, $1,000 will be funded by the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) through a State appropriation, with the balance matched
by an equal contribution from the participant’s current employer. Employers could also request approval from HESAA for
others forms of contribution with similar value.
To qualify for loan repayment assistance, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:
This new loan redemption plan was signed into law on December 14, 2018 and was effective immediately. The first
applications for STEM loan redemption will be accepted in December 2022 and first redemption payments will be
issued in December 2023. This program is subject to available funds. For more information or additional questions, please email Client_Services@hesaa.org.
Program Objective: To address the current and projected critical shortage of nurse faculty in the State of New Jersey by providing an incentive for persons to enter graduate nursing education programs by offering student loan redemption in exchange for full-time faculty employment at a school of nursing in the State of New Jersey for a five-year period following completion of the approved graduate degree program.
Eligible Participants must:
"Eligible student loan expenses" means the cumulative total of the annual State of New Jersey and/or Federal student loans covering the cost of attendance at an approved graduate degree program. Interest due on student loans obtained by an applicant is eligible for reimbursement.
"eligible institution" means a school of nursing that is nationally accredited and licensed by the New Jersey Board of Nursing or a nursing program at a Commission on Higher Education licensed institution of higher education that is nationally accredited and licensed by the New Jersey Board of Nursing.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Primary Care Practitioner Loan Redemption Program promotes access to primary care services in medically underserved
areas of the State by improving the distribution of primary care health providers, including physicians, dentists,
physician assistants, certified nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives, by providing for the redemption of
eligible student loan expenses of providers in exchange for a specified period of service in medically underserved
areas. Funding for this program is subject to state appropriations.
Subject to appropriation, the program will provide up to $120,000 in student loan redemption for two to four years of
service as a primary care provider in areas of medicine defined by the Commissioner of Health or the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services in areas ranked by the Commissioner of Health reflecting a health professional shortage.
Funding for this program is subject to state appropriations and available funding.
Application and Selection
Applicants must submit a completed program application for consideration. For accepted applicants without a placement,
the Authority will share their resumes with approved sites, however placement is not guaranteed. To remain in the
program applicants must complete the six-month probationary period and receive a recommendation to continue
participation in the program, either at the current site or at a different approved site. Satisfactory completion of the
probationary period will be considered final acceptance as a program participant and the applicant will receive full
credit for the probationary period in the calculation of the first full year of service. Participants do not need to
reapply to remain in the program but will need to execute a new contract for participation in the third and fourth year
of the program. Participation in the program for the third and fourth year of the program is subject to funds available.
Policy and Procedures
Q & A
Placement Site Eligibility
This program is designed for teachers in New Jersey who teach in high-need fields in eligible schools. Loan redemption under the program shall amount to 25% of principal and interest of a program participant’s outstanding NJCLASS loan amount for up to four years. Redemptions shall not exceed $5,000, in return for each consecutive full school-year of approved employment service. The total loan redemption amount for four years of program participation shall not exceed $20,000.
To participate in the program an applicant:
The federal government also offers other student loan forgiveness programs: