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SEIU Offers Financial Assistance for Student Debt

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Supporting services employees who incurred personal student loan debt before and after their employment with MCPS may be eligible for assistance to help them pay off student loans.

The Student Debt Fund is available to SEIU Local 500 unit members at MCPS. SEIU has introduced substantial enhancements to the benefits, increasing the provision for debt relief from 5% to up to 10% of yearly student loan debt. This benefit applies to debt accumulated before and after your employment commencement date with MCPS.

Funding can be used to pay for programs at universities, trade schools, training programs and other institutions that provide educational opportunities for supporting services employees to do their jobs.

The window to request financial aid from the Student Debt Relief Fund is open between Thursday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, March 31.

To be eligible, you must have been employed for a minimum of 12 months in an SEIU bargaining unit position, and you must attend a workshop on understanding the Student Debt Relief Fund.

Upcoming workshops are below:

Tuesday, Feb. 13, noon—Register
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.—Register
Wednesday, March 6, 4 p.m.—Register
Wednesday, March 13, 11:30 a.m.—Register
Wednesday, March 20, 5:00 p.m.—Register
Tuesday, March 26, noon—Register

To apply—

Employee and Retiree Service Center
Attn: SEIU Student Debt Relief
45 West Gude Drive, Suite 1200
Rockville, Maryland 20850

If you are a returning applicant who was approved previously, you must—

  • Complete the application (MCPS Form 442-1).
  • Follow the checklist instructions for previously approved applicants at the bottom right of the form.
  • Submit the application between Feb. 15 and March 31.

If you applied in a previous year and were denied, you must reapply and follow the eligibility requirements for new applicants.