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Kansas offers college graduates opportunity to pay off student loans

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The state of Kansas is offering upcoming Pittsburg State graduates several options to consider when choosing a career and where to live.

Kansas has designated 50 counties in the state as "Rural Opportunity Zones" and graduates who decide to move to one of these counties will be offered a significant financial advantage.

Governor Sam Brownback sent an email to all potential graduates offering incentives that could  be a significant financial advantage to many.

The first incentive allows out of state residents to move to an opportunity zone and not pay Kansas state income tax for up to five years.

The second incentive allows any graduate who has student loan dept up to $15,000 to be repaid over five years after moving.

At Pittsburg State graduates leaving with student-debt think this opportunity is something they would consider.

PSU Director of Career Services Mindy Cloninger says moving to one of the 50 opportunity zones is not only great for students financially but a good place for students to get a start on their post-college career.

"It's a great incentive to students to look into opportunities in those counties and I can see the advantage of those counties," says Cloninger.  "It's a great way to recruit talented students to their area."

The following Kansas counties have been designated as Rural Opportunity Zones:  Barber, Chautauqua, Cheyenne, Clark, Cloud, Comanche, Decatur, Edwards, Elk, Gove, Graham, Greeley, Greenwood, Hamilton, Harper, Hodgeman, Jewell, Kearney, Kingman, Kiowa, Lane, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Mitchell, Morton, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Rawlins, Republic, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Scott, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stafford, Stanton, Trego, Thomas, Wallace, Washington, Wichita, Wilson, or Woodson counties.

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