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State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education; Article 2. Employees of State Facilities   

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(a) (1) Any person enrolled in an eligible institution, or any person who agrees to work full time as a registered nurse in a state-operated 24-hour facility that employs registered nurses, may be eligible to enter into an agreement for loan assumption, to be redeemed pursuant to Section 70122 upon becoming employed as a clinical registered nurse in a state-operated 24-hour facility that employs registered nurses and that has a clinical registered nurse vacancy rate of greater than 10 percent as reported annually to the commission by the Department of Personnel Administration pursuant to Section 70121. In order to be eligible to enter into an agreement for loan assumption, an applicant shall satisfy all of the conditions specified in subdivision (b).

(2) As used in this article, "eligible institution" means a postsecondary institution that is determined by the Student Aid Commission to meet both of the following requirements:

(A) The institution is eligible to participate in state and federal financial aid programs.

(B) The institution maintains an accredited program of professional preparation for licensing as a registered nurse in California.

(3) As used in this article, "state-operated 24-hour facility" includes, but is not necessarily limited to, a state-operated prison, psychiatric hospital, or veterans' home.

(b) (1) The applicant has been admitted to, or is enrolled in, or has successfully completed an accredited program of professional preparation for licensing as a registered nurse in California. However, a person who is currently employed as a registered nurse in a state-operated 24-hour facility may be eligible to enter into an agreement for loan assumption under Article 1 (commencing with Section 70100), but is not eligible to enter into an agreement for loan assumption under this article.

(2) The applicant is currently enrolled, or has been admitted to a program in which he or she will be enrolled, on a full-time basis, as determined by the participating institution. The applicant shall agree to maintain satisfactory academic progress and a minimum of full-time enrollment, as defined by the participating eligible institution.

(3) The applicant has been judged by his or her postsecondary institution to have outstanding ability on the basis of criteria that may include, but need not be limited to, any of the following:

(A) Grade point average.

(B) Test scores.

(C) Faculty evaluations.

(D) Interviews.

(E) Other recommendations.

(4) The applicant has received, or is approved to receive, a loan under one or more of the following designated loan programs:

(A) The Federal Family Education Loan Program (20 U.S.C. SEC. 1071 et seq.).

(B) Any loan program approved by the Student Aid Commission.

(5) The applicant has agreed to work full time for at least four consecutive years as a clinical registered nurse in a state-operated 24-hour facility that employs registered nurses and that has a clinical registered nurse vacancy rate of greater than 10 percent as reported annually to the commission by the Department of Personnel Administration.

(c) No applicant who has completed fewer than 60 semester units, or the equivalent, shall be eligible under this section to participate in the loan assumption program set forth in this article.

(d) An agreement shall remain valid even if the state-operated facility at which the applicant is employed ceases to be listed pursuant to Section 70121 after the applicant is employed there.

(e) A person participating in the program pursuant to this section shall not enter into more than one agreement.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 522, Sec. 5.)

Reference:

20 USC 1071 et seq.

Education Code 70100

Education Code 70121

Education Code 70122