Even More Student Loan Forgiveness Options For Interns And Nurses

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Forgiveness might be around the corner, if you look closely enough for it.

Two weeks ago, we published our eBook “60+ Ways To Get Rid Of Your Student Loans (Without Paying Them).” We called this guide to student loan forgiveness and discharge options “almost comprehensive,” because there always seem to be new options popping up.

And, sure enough, we’ve found two more.


First things first, these two new options only apply to people in Rhode Island. Our apologies if you don’t study, live, or work in Little Rhody. However, these are just another example of why you should investigate forgiveness options in your state—you never know what might turn up.

Here are the details on these two options:

RISLA Loan Forgiveness For Internships

To Be Eligible …

You must have non-federal student loans held by the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority. You must complete an eligible academic internship worth at least three credit hours through an accredited higher education institution and must graduate.

Only students at Rhode Island schools or residents of Rhode Island attending out-of-state schools qualify. Independent studies and practicums that are required for a particular major do not qualify.

The internship must be after May 1, 2013, may be paid or unpaid, and can be done in any state.

You may receive $2,000 for one three-credit internship after graduation.  Sorry, you can only apply once.

Loans That Qualify

  • Non-federal loans (state loans, private loans, etc.)

Next Steps

Contact the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) at 800.758.7562 to apply.

RISLA Nurse Educators Loan Forgiveness Program

To Be Eligible …

You must be a nurse educator hired on or after April 1, 2012, teaching full or part time at a degree-granting accredited institution in Rhode Island licensed by the Rhode Island Board of Nursing Registration.

You may receive up to $5,000 annually for up to 4 years. Part-time teachers would have awards prorated.

RISLA is awarding up to $240,000 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Loans That Qualify

  • Stafford loans
  • Grad or Parent PLUS loans
  • Consolidation loans
  • Private loans
  • Nursing loans

Next Steps

You can find the application here.

Get The eBook

If you want to find even more options you may be eligible (for The Ocean State or otherwise), be sure to download our complete eBook.

Know a student loan forgiveness or discharge program we didn’t include in our eBook? Leave it in the comments!

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