April 14th, 2009

Wide Awake

Student Loan Repayment Program

I'm searching for a reason why my MC would join the Army as an enlisted soldier if he already has a college degree. I vaguely recall, back when I served in the early 90's, a program that would reduce or pay off student loan debt, but I don't remember the details. Does anybody remember how the program worked? Was the debt deferred until the enlistee passed a certain number of months of service? If you completed your service, were the loans completely wiped out? What happened if you didn't make it all the way through?

There are programs in place now, but my story is set in the time period right after the Gulf War.