The Texas Legislature is considering a bill that, if passed, could forgive all or part of student loan debt for college graduates who go on to pursue careers in law enforcement.
Both the Senate and the House have similar bills, both of which are aimed at helping to recruit college students into the law enforcement field and to retain them by forgiving their student loans over time.
According to The Dallas Morning News, the bill by State Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, would provide up to $30,000 in loan repayment assistance funds to police officers in the state, while another proposal by State Rep. Lynn Stucky, a Republican from Denton, would offer $20,000 in loan forgiveness. Hancock’s bill would require four years of experience in order to become eligible and a commitment of an additional four years of service after receiving the benefit.
Stucky’s bill requires one year of police experience to become eligible and would not ask for a commitment of additional years in law enforcement.
If passed, the House and Senate will have to work out differences before it can be sent to the governor.