Good Morning America -- "Under the plan in Niagara Falls, NY, graduates who have earned a 2- or 4-year
degree in the past two years can apply for up to $3,500 a year (for two
years) towards repayment of their student loans. The same deal would be
offered to graduate students. Graduates of Niagara University and Niagara County Community College will be targeted at first, though the city hopes eventually to recruit graduates from other parts of the country.
To qualify, applicants will have to rent an apartment or buy a home
within a designated downtown area. "We're not talking city-wide. We're
taking acres," explains Piccirillo. "There's no doubt in my mind that
getting even 100 to 150 people could revitalize the neighborhood."
In rural Kansas, a similar experiment is underway. Fifty counties in the state have established Rural Opportunity Zones
(ROZs) authorized to offer one or both of the following financial
incentives to new full-time residents: Kansas income tax waivers for up
to five years and/or student loan repayments up to $15,000.
To be eligible for loan repayments, applicants must hold an associate's,
bachelor's or post-graduate degree; must have an outstanding student
loan balance; and must establish residency in a ROZ county."