Incentives for rural settlement face backlog

Photo by: Jennifer Whetzel

Kansas has a backlog of more than 800 people waiting for student loan subsidies that were intended to entice people to settle in rural areas with shrinking populations.

The waiting list totals 812 people living in areas where counties aren’t matching enough money to meet the demand for a state program offering to repay student loans up to $15,000 for five years. The state picks up half the cost of the program.

The student loan subsidies are part of the Rural Opportunity Zone program that was started in 2011 under former Gov. Sam Brownback. In addition to the . . .


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