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Jose P. Loan Forgiveness Program For Newly Hired Occupational and Physical Therapists


**Vaccination Mandate - Participant acceptance shall be conditional upon the participant’s successful completion of the COVID-19 Vaccination protocol based on the New York City Department of Education’s COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate. As per a city/statewide announcement by the Mayor of New York City, there is a MANDATE for all NYCDOE employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as part of a public health intervention.  This MANDATE requires that all individuals working in NYCDOE schools and buildings to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a result of this mandate, effective, October 1, 2021ALL NYCDOE Program participants as well as Student Teachers/Interns/Externs, must provide proof of being fully vaccinated; or receipt the first dose of a vaccine. Single-dose vaccines, require no further action. For two-dose vaccines, you must provide proof. **


**New Requirement - As of August 2, 2021, all NYC Department of Education new hires (who are not currently employees of the City of New York) must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to beginning their employment unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons. . Please visit the New Employees page for details regarding Executive Order 75.**


ATTN: This is a NYCDOE Loan Forgiveness Program for NEW employees. For inquiries about employment verification for the federally funded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, please contact Lizzette Hernandez at LHernandez17@schools.nyc.gov



JPLFP application for eligible employees newly hired to the NYCDOE for the 2021-2022 school year has closed as of November 15, 2021. Eligible employees hired after this date may apply in fall 2022. More information to be posted soon. Thank you!


The Jose P. Loan Forgiveness Program for Occupational and Physical Therapists, newly hired to the New York City Department of Education, offers New York State licensed occupational and physical therapists the opportunity to have up to $24,000 of student loans repaid. This program serves to increase the number of licensed personnel serving in the neediest geographic areas of the New York City public schools. 

The following types of loans are considered approved sources: 

  •     Perkins Loan Program (formerly National Direct Student Loan)
  •     Stafford Student Loan Programs (Guaranteed Student Loan)
  •     Supplemental Loans for Students (Auxiliary Loans to Assist Students)
  •     Health Professions Student Loans/Nursing Student Loans
  •     Health Education Assistance Loans
  •     Bank Loans for Educational Purposes
  • Possession of an appropriate New York State license in Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
  • Active on NYCDOE payroll by November 15th of the current school year to be considered.
  • Preliminary eligibility is established shortly after the required documentation is received. Final eligibility is determined by the end of year verification of employment and overall rating and not having more than six (6) weeks of break of service.

The awardee must secure employment in a New York City Public School in one of the following school districts:

  • Bronx Districts - 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12
  • Brooklyn Districts - 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 23 and 32
  • District 75 - Brooklyn and Bronx schools only

NOTE: The list of eligible districts is subject to change annually for new applicants and is determined by the New York City Department of Education. However, to remain eligible for the grant, the participant MUST remain in an authorized NYCDOE school district for six (6) consecutive years. Please also note that if you have already been selected to participate in the program, the restrictions as they were stated at the time of your selction will remain in effect.

  • Applications must be completed and submitted within the semester of hire, or the therapist will not be eligible to participate in the program.
  • Awardees must not have benefited from or participated in any other incentive programs administered by the Department of Education (i.e., Scholarship Program, Teachers of Tomorrow, Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE), New York City Teaching Fellows, Teach for America, I-Start, New Visions Urban Teacher Residency Program, Success Via Apprenticeship, Math for America, etc.).
  • Current or past Department of Education pedagogical or clinical employees are NOT eligible to participate in this program.
  • Participants must complete ten (10) months of satisfactory service within a New York City public school in an assigned shortage area position as stated above (or twelve months of service, if the assignment is in a year-round special education program).
  • Service must begin within 30 days of the date that employee reports for duty each September.
  • The awardee must be payrolled to an eligible Loan Forgiveness district. 
  • Eligibility is for a period of up to six (6) consecutive years. To maintain eligibility, participants must complete each year of satisfactory service in a designated Loan Forgiveness district as determined by the NYCDOE. 
  • The total financial amount given to the therapist will be determined at the initial acceptance of the program and will be divided over the six years (not to exceed $24,000).

To be considered for acceptance into the Jose P. Loan Forgiveness Program for OTs/PTs, you must complete the online application and digitally submit the following required documentation within ten (10) business days from the date the application was filed: 

  • Copy of your New York State Certificate issued in one of the shortage areas listed above.
  • College Transcripts (student copies are acceptable).
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency status.
  • Proof of outstanding student loans.

NOTE: Please upload required documentation with your online application or email our office at LoanForgiveness@schools.nyc.gov with the Subject Line: Jose P. Loan Forgiveness Application OT/PT - First Name Last Name.



Applications must be completed and submitted within the semester of hire, or the Therapist will not be eligible to participate in the program. Preliminary eligibility is established once the required documentation is received. Final eligibility is determined by the end of year verification of employment, overall rating and not having more than six (6) weeks of service break. 


All application scans and required documents must be emailed to the Office of Scholarships, Incentives, and Speech Programs. Applicants must complete the online application process at TSN. NO PHYSICAL MAIL PLEASE!



Please email documentation to: 

Email: loanforgiveness@schools.nyc.gov

Subject Line: Jose P. Loan Forgiveness Application OT/PT - First Name Last Name


Inquiries regarding the application should be directed to loanforgiveness@schools.nyc.gov. We look forward to receiving your application!

Implementation of the Jose P. Loan Forgiveness Program is contingent upon the availability of funding and the staffing needs of the New York City Department of Education.





It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation.  Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 923, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at http://schools.nyc.gov/OEO.