[USC02] 38 USC 7693: Eligibility; preferences; covered costs
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38 USC 7693: Eligibility; preferences; covered costs Text contains those laws in effect on February 26, 2021
From Title 38-VETERANS' BENEFITSPART V-BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICESCHAPTER 76-HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMSUBCHAPTER VIII-SPECIALTY EDUCATION LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM

§7693. Eligibility; preferences; covered costs

(a) Eligibility.-An individual is eligible to participate in the Specialty Education Loan Repayment Program if the individual-

(1) will be eligible for appointment under section 7401 of this title to work in an occupation described in section 7692 of this title;

(2) owes any amount of principal or interest under a loan, the proceeds of which were used by or on behalf of that individual to pay costs relating to a course of education or training which led to a degree that qualified the individual for the position referred to in paragraph (1); and

(3) is-

(A) recently graduated from an accredited medical or osteopathic school and matched to an accredited residency program in a medical specialty described in section 7692 of this title; or

(B) a physician in training in a medical specialty described in section 7692 of this title with more than 2 years remaining in such training.


(b) Preferences.-In selecting individuals for participation in the Specialty Education Loan Repayment Program under this subchapter, the Secretary may give preference to the following:

(1) Individuals who are, or will be, participating in residency programs in health care facilities-

(A) located in rural areas;

(B) operated by Indian tribes, tribal organizations, or the Indian Health Service; or

(C) affiliated with underserved health care facilities of the Department.


(2) Veterans.


(c) Covered Costs.-For purposes of subsection (a)(2), costs relating to a course of education or training include-

(1) tuition expenses;

(2) all other reasonable educational expenses, including expenses for fees, books, equipment, and laboratory expenses; and

(3) reasonable living expenses.

(Added Pub. L. 115–182, title III, §303(a), June 6, 2018, 132 Stat. 1464 ; amended Pub. L. 115–251, title II, §211(a)(12), Sept. 29, 2018, 132 Stat. 3176 .)


Editorial Notes

Amendments

2018-Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 115–251 substituted "will be eligible for appointment" for "is hired".


Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries

Preference

Pub. L. 115–182, title III, §303(d), June 6, 2018, 132 Stat. 1467 , as amended by Pub. L. 115–251, title II, §211(b)(6)(A), Sept. 29, 2018, 132 Stat. 3176 , provided that: "In granting preference under section 7693 of title 38, United States Code, as enacted by subsection (a), the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall determine whether a facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs is underserved based on the criteria developed under section 401 of this Act [38 U.S.C. 8110 note]."