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Introduced in House (07/31/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2881

To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to increase the amount of loan forgiveness available to highly qualified teachers employed in low-income schools who teach in the same school district for five consecutive years.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 31, 2013

Mr. Butterfield (for himself, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Ms. Lee of California, Mrs. Beatty, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. McIntyre, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Jeffries, Mr. Payne, Ms. Bass, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Ms. Clarke, Mr. Richmond, Mr. Lewis, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Ms. Brown of Florida, and Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to increase the amount of loan forgiveness available to highly qualified teachers employed in low-income schools who teach in the same school district for five consecutive years.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Support Educators and Reinvest in Valuable Education Act” or “SERVE Act”.

SEC. 2. Additional loan forgiveness for highly qualified teachers employed in a low-income school in the same local educational agency for 5 consecutive years.

(a) Federal Family Education Loan Program.—Section 428J(c) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1078–10(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(4) ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS FOR TEACHERS EMPLOYED BY THE SAME LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY FOR 5 CONSECUTIVE COMPLETE SCHOOL YEARS.—

“(A) AMOUNTS.—Notwithstanding the amount specified in paragraph (1), the aggregate amount that the Secretary shall repay under this section shall be not more than $17,500 in the case of an elementary or secondary school teacher—

“(i) who meets the requirements of subsection (b); and

“(ii) who has been employed as a full-time teacher for 5 consecutive complete school years at the same local educational agency.

“(B) INCLUSION OF PLUS LOANS.—A loan made under section 428B (other than an excepted PLUS loan) shall be considered a qualified loan amount for purposes of this paragraph.

“(C) TREATMENT OF CONSOLIDATION LOANS.—Notwithstanding paragraph (2), a loan amount for a loan made under section 428C may be a qualified loan amount for the purposes of this paragraph only to the extent that such loan amount was used to repay a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, a Federal Direct PLUS Loan (other than an excepted PLUS loan), or a loan made under section 428, 428B (other than an excepted PLUS loan), or 428H for a borrower who meets the requirements of subparagraph (A), as determined in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary.

“(D) EXCEPTED PLUS LOAN.—In this paragraph, the term ‘excepted PLUS loan’ has the meaning given the term in section 493C(a).”.

(b) William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.—Section 460(c) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087j(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(4) ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS FOR TEACHERS EMPLOYED BY THE SAME LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY FOR 5 CONSECUTIVE COMPLETE SCHOOL YEARS.—

“(A) AMOUNTS.—Notwithstanding the amount specified in paragraph (1), the aggregate amount that the Secretary shall cancel under this section shall be not more than $17,500 in the case of an elementary or secondary school teacher—

“(i) who meets the requirements of subsection (b); and

“(ii) who has been employed as a full-time teacher for 5 consecutive complete school years at the same local educational agency.

“(B) INCLUSION OF PLUS LOANS.—A Federal Direct PLUS Loan (other than an excepted PLUS loan) shall be considered a qualified loan amount for purposes of this paragraph.

“(C) TREATMENT OF CONSOLIDATION LOANS.—Notwithstanding paragraph (2), a loan amount for a Federal Direct Consolidation Loan may be a qualified loan amount for the purposes of this paragraph only to the extent that such loan amount was used to repay a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, a Federal Direct PLUS Loan (other than an excepted PLUS loan), or a loan made under section 428, 428B (other than an excepted PLUS loan), or 428H for a borrower who meets the requirements of subparagraph (A), as determined in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary.

“(D) EXCEPTED PLUS LOAN.—In this paragraph, the term ‘excepted PLUS loan’ has the meaning given the term in section 493C(a).”.