Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program

Scholarship Provided by : Maryland Higher Education Commission

Scholarship Amount

Various Amount

Application Deadline

September 30, 2017


Who may apply: Maryland residents who provide public service in Maryland State or local government or nonprofit agencies in Maryland to low income or underserved residents.

How to apply: Complete and file a LARP General application.

When to apply: The application deadline is September 30. Pre-Graduation Law Applicants (those in their third year of law school) and Urban Teacher Center (UTC) Applicants, also must apply by September 30.


Eligible employment fields: 2015-2016 eligible employment fields:

Lawyers (judicial clerks in any court and policy analysts are not eligible; principle part of the position must provide legal services to low income residents in Maryland who cannot afford legal services)   
Nurses (degree- or diploma-holding registered nurses; school nurses are not eligible 
Licensed Clinical Counselors
Physical and Occupational Therapists
Social Workers (either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work)
Speech Pathologists
Teachers at any level or subject field who teach in schools designated as Federal Title I or Schools Identified for Improvement by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The official list of schools is available at the bottom of the LARP program description page (see below).  Head Start Programs are not eligible. Teacherswith the following areas of certification:technology education (secondary);
chemistry (secondary);
computer science (secondary);
English for Speakers of other Languages-ESOL (elementary & secondary);
health occupations (secondary);
Latin (secondary);
mathematics (secondary);
physics (secondary);
earth/space science (secondary);
physical science (secondary);
dance (elementary and secondary);
reading specialist (elementary & secondary);
speech language pathology (educational service area);
Spanish (secondary); and
special education: generic - infant to grade 3; grades 1 through 8; grades 6 to adult; hearing impaired; severely & profoundly disabled; visually impaired.
The Nancy Grasmick Teacher Award provides loan repayment assistance to those teachers that have qualifying student loan debt and have taught in Maryland for the past 2 years.  In addition to meeting the general Janet L Hoffman LARP requirements, applicants must also meet the following eligibility requirements:Teach in science, technology, engineering, or math subjects; OR teach in a school in which at least 75% of the students are enrolled in the free meal program in the state for 2 years, AND
Have received the highest performance evaluation rating for the most recent year available in the county  in which the teacher  has taught.

You must have earned a degree from a college in Maryland, or from any law school, or a resident teacher certificate from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). You must be employed full-time (35+ hours per week) in state or local government or in a nonprofit organization in Maryland. Your employer must help low income, underserved residents or underserved areas in the state. You must have educational loans from a university, government, or commercial source that you used to pay college expenses. You may not be in default on a loan. Your annual gross salary cannot exceed $60,000.  If married, your annual gross salary cannot exceed $60,000, and your combined salaries cannot exceed $130,000.  If employed as a nurse faculty member, your annual gross salary cannot exceed $75,000.  If married, your annual gross salary cannot exceed $75,000, and your combined salaries cannot exceed $160,000. This is a service-based program. Prior service obligations from other State of Maryland scholarships must be completed by July 1, 2014. One position cannot fulfill two service obligations simultaneously.


You must be in your 3rd year of the program and possess a Maryland Resident Teaching Certificate. You must submit a LARP General application and all required documents by the deadline specified in the "When to Apply" section. UTC applicants are not eligible to receive the lock-in award.


You must be a law student attending University of Maryland, Baltimore or University of Baltimore and in your third and final year of school. You must submit a LARP General application by the deadline specified in the "When to Apply" section.  Our office must also receive documentation of your official, eligible job offer prior to January 1, 2016.


Applicants will be grouped according to eligible employment field. Within employment fields, individuals will be ranked according to graduation date, then application complete date. If individuals have identical graduation dates and application complete dates, applicants with the lowest income will be awarded first.  Priority is given to individuals who have graduated from an institution of higher education in the last three years.  Priority employment fields established by law are legal services and nursing.  Priority for awarding will also be given to applicants who are employed as nurse faculty members or applicants who teach in schools designated as federal Title I, schools Identified for Improvement by MSDE, or who teach in designated critical shortage subject fields.


Awards will be determined by an applicant’s overall reported educational debt at the time of application. Recipients will lock-in to an award level that contains set award amounts. Award funds are distributed annually over a three (3) year period as long as the recipient remains eligible and continues to submit the required annual employment, lender and tax documentation by the September 30 deadline.

Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian, American Indian, African American
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