US (United States) Code. Title 38. Chapter 76: Health Professionals Educational Assistance Program

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38 USC CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL

ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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SUBCHAPTER I - GENERAL

Sec.

7601. Establishment of program; purpose.

7602. Eligibility.

7603. Application and acceptance.

7604. Terms of agreement.

SUBCHAPTER II - SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

7611. Authority for program.

7612. Eligibility; application; agreement.

7613. Scholarship.

7614. Part-time students.

7615. Status of participants.

7616. Obligated service.

7617. Breach of agreement: liability.

7618. Expiration of program.

SUBCHAPTER III - TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

7621. Authority for program.

7622. Eligibility; application; agreement.

7623. Obligated service.

7624. Breach of agreement: liability.

7625. Allocation and distribution of funding.

SUBCHAPTER IV - ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

7631. Periodic adjustments in amount of assistance.

7632. Annual report.

7633. Regulations.

7634. Breach of agreement; waiver of liability.

7635. Service in other agencies.

7636. Exemption of educational assistance payments from

taxation.

SUBCHAPTER V - STIPEND PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE SELECTED RESERVE

7651. Authority for program.

7652. Eligibility: individuals entitled to benefits under

the GI Bill program for members of the Selected

Reserve.

7653. Amount of assistance.

7654. Obligated service.

7655. Breach of agreement; liability.

SUBCHAPTER VI - EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

7671. Authority for program.

7672. Eligibility; agreement.

7673. Scholarship.

7674. Obligated service.

7675. Breach of agreement: liability.

[7676. Repealed.]

SUBCHAPTER VII - EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM

7681. Authority for program.

7682. Eligibility.

7683. Education debt reduction.

[7684. Repealed.]

AMENDMENTS

2002 - Pub. L. 107-135, title I, Secs. 101(a)(2), 102(a)(2), Jan.

23, 2002, 115 Stat. 2447, 2448, struck out items 7676 "Expiration

of program" and 7684 "Expiration of program".

1998 - Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Secs. 802(b), 803(b), Nov.

11, 1998, 112 Stat. 3356, 3358, added headings for subchapters VI

and VII and items 7671 to 7676 and 7681 to 7684.

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(c)(1), May 7, 1991, 105

Stat. 239, renumbered items 4301 to 4355 as 7601 to 7655,

respectively.

1990 - Pub. L. 101-366, title II, Sec. 205(a)(2), Aug. 15, 1990,

104 Stat. 440, added heading for subchapter V and items 4351 to

4355.

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CHAPTER REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This chapter is referred to in sections 7324, 7431 of this title.

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38 USC SUBCHAPTER I - GENERAL 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER I - GENERAL

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SUBCHAPTER I - GENERAL

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38 USC Sec. 7601 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER I - GENERAL

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Sec. 7601. Establishment of program; purpose

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(a) There is hereby established a program to be known as the

Department of Veterans Affairs Health Professionals Educational

Assistance Program (hereinafter in this chapter referred to as the

"Educational Assistance Program"). The program consists of -

(1) the scholarship program provided for in subchapter II of

this chapter;

(2) the tuition reimbursement program provided for in

subchapter III of this chapter;

(3) the Selected Reserve member stipend program provided for

under subchapter V of this chapter;

(4) the employee incentive scholarship program provided for in

subchapter VI of this chapter; and

(5) the education debt reduction program provided for in

subchapter VII of this chapter.

(b) The purpose of the Educational Assistance Program is to

assist in providing an adequate supply of trained health-care

personnel for the Department and the Nation.

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(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 518, Sec. 4301; amended Pub. L. 101-366, title II, Sec.

205(c)(1), Aug. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 441; renumbered Sec. 7601, Pub.

L. 102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238;

Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(2)(B)(vi), (3), (4), Aug. 6, 1991, 105

Stat. 403, 404; Pub. L. 103-446, title XII, Sec. 1201(e)(25), Nov.

2, 1994, 108 Stat. 4686; Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 805(1),

Nov. 11, 1998, 112 Stat. 3358.)

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AMENDMENTS

1998 - Subsec. (a)(4), (5). Pub. L. 105-368 added pars. (4) and

(5).

1994 - Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 103-446 substituted semicolon for

comma at end.

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4301 of this title as

this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(2)(B)(vi), substituted

"Department of Veterans Affairs" for "Veterans' Administration" in

introductory provisions.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted

"Department" for "Veterans' Administration".

1990 - Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 101-366 added par. (3).

PAYMENTS TO HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES FOR TUITION LOANS

Pub. L. 102-585, title V, Sec. 523(b), Nov. 4, 1992, 106 Stat.

4959, provided that Secretary of Veterans Affairs could not provide

payments to health-care professional employees of Department of

Veterans Affairs for payment of tuition loans, prior to repeal by

Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 804, Nov. 11, 1998, 112 Stat.

3358.

TUITION LOAN PAYMENT PROGRAM

Pub. L. 102-389, title I, Oct. 6, 1992, 106 Stat. 1574, provided

in part for an appropriation: "For payment of outstanding tuition

loans to Department of Veterans Affairs health care professional

employees (excluding physicians and dentists) who agree to remain

in service for one year or more, $5,000,000, to remain available

until September 30, 1994: Provided, That the Secretary, in order to

recruit and retain such employees, may make such payments, not to

exceed $3,000 during any calendar year, or $12,000 in total, to any

such employee who has an outstanding tuition loan from an

educational institution approved by the Secretary that has led to a

degree in the health care occupation in which such individual is

employed: Provided further, That no payment shall be made in

advance: Provided further, That regulations shall be promulgated by

the Secretary to implement this program."

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38 USC Sec. 7602 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER I - GENERAL

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Sec. 7602. Eligibility

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(a)(1) To be eligible to participate in the Educational

Assistance Program under subchapter II, III, or VI of this chapter,

an individual must be accepted for enrollment or be currently

enrolled as a student at a qualifying educational institution in a

course of education or training that is approved by the Secretary

and that leads toward completion of a degree in a field of

education or training for which a scholarship may be awarded under

subchapter II of this chapter, for which tuition reimbursement may

be provided under subchapter III of this chapter, or for which a

scholarship may be awarded under subchapter VI of this chapter, as

the case may be.

(2) A qualifying educational institution for purposes of this

section is an educational institution that is in a State and that

(as determined by the Secretary) is an accredited institution.

(b) An individual is not eligible to apply to participate in the

Educational Assistance Program under subchapter II, III, or VI of

this chapter if the individual is obligated under any other Federal

program to perform service after completion of the course of

education or training of such individual referred to in subsection

(a) of this section.

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(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 518, Sec. 4302; amended Pub. L. 101-366, title II, Sec.

205(c)(2), Aug. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 441; renumbered Sec. 7602, Pub.

L. 102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238;

Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404,

405; Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 805(2), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3358.)

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AMENDMENTS

1998 - Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 105-368, Sec. 805(2)(A),

substituted "subchapter II, III, or VI" for "subchapter I or II",

substituted ", for which" for "or for which", and inserted before

period at end ", or for which a scholarship may be awarded under

subchapter VI of this chapter, as the case may be".

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 105-368, Sec. 805(2)(B), substituted

"subchapter II, III, or VI" for "subchapter I or II".

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4302 of this title as

this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for

"Administrator" in pars. (1) and (2).

1990 - Subsecs. (a)(1), (b). Pub. L. 101-366 inserted "under

subchapter I or II of this chapter" after "Educational Assistance

Program".

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SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 7612, 7672 of this title.

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38 USC Sec. 7603 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER I - GENERAL

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Sec. 7603. Application and acceptance

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(a)(1) To apply to participate in the Educational Assistance

Program under subchapter II, III, V, or VI of this chapter, an

individual shall submit to the Secretary an application for such

participation together with an agreement described in section 7604

of this title under which the participant agrees to serve a period

of obligated service in the Veterans Health Administration as

provided in the agreement in return for payment of educational

assistance as provided in the agreement.

(2) To apply to participate in the Educational Assistance Program

under subchapter VII of this chapter, an individual shall submit to

the Secretary an application for such participation.

(b)(1) An individual becomes a participant in the Educational

Assistance Program upon the Secretary's approval of the

individual's application and the Secretary's acceptance of the

agreement (if required).

(2) Upon the Secretary's approval of an individual's

participation in the program, the Secretary shall promptly notify

the individual of that approval. Such notice shall be in writing.

(c)(1) In distributing application forms and agreement forms to

individuals desiring to participate in the Educational Assistance

Program, the Secretary shall include with such forms the following:

(A) A fair summary of the rights and liabilities of an

individual whose application is approved (and whose agreement is

accepted) by the Secretary, including a clear explanation of the

damages to which the United States is entitled if the individual

breaches the agreement.

(B) A full description of the terms and conditions that apply

to participation in the Educational Assistance Program and

service in the Veterans Health Administration.

(2) The Secretary shall make such application forms and other

information available to individuals desiring to participate in the

Educational Assistance Program on a date sufficiently early to

allow such individuals adequate time to prepare and submit such

forms.

(d) In selecting applicants for acceptance in the Educational

Assistance Program, the Secretary shall give priority to the

applications of individuals who have previously received

educational assistance under the program and have not completed the

course of education or training undertaken under such program.

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(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 518, Sec. 4303; renumbered Sec. 7603 and amended Pub. L.

102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), (d)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat.

238, 239; Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105

Stat. 404, 405; Pub. L. 103-446, title XII, Sec. 1201(b)(1), Nov.

2, 1994, 108 Stat. 4682; Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 805(3),

Nov. 11, 1998, 112 Stat. 3359; Pub. L. 106-419, title IV, Sec.

404(a)(10), Nov. 1, 2000, 114 Stat. 1865.)

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AMENDMENTS

2000 - Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 106-419 substituted "subchapter"

for "subsection".

1998 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105-368, Sec. 805(3)(A), designated

existing provisions as par. (1), substituted "To apply to

participate in the Educational Assistance Program under subsection

II, III, V, or VI of this chapter," for "To apply to participate in

the Educational Assistance Program,", and added par. (2).

Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 105-368, Sec. 805(3)(B), inserted "(if

required)" before period at end.

1994 - Subsecs. (a), (c)(1)(B). Pub. L. 103-446 substituted

"Veterans Health Administration" for "Department of Medicine and

Surgery".

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(b)(1), renumbered section 4303 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for

"Administrator".

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted "7604" for "4304".

Subsecs. (b) to (d). Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for

"Administrator" and "Secretary's" for "Administrator's" wherever

appearing.

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SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 7612, 7616, 7617, 7622,

7623, 7652, 7653, 7654, 7672, 7674, 7675 of this title.

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38 USC Sec. 7604 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER I - GENERAL

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Sec. 7604. Terms of agreement

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An agreement between the Secretary and a participant in the

Educational Assistance Program shall be in writing, shall be signed

by the participant, and shall include the following provisions:

(1) The Secretary's agreement -

(A) to provide the participant with educational assistance as

authorized in subchapter II, III, V, or VI of this chapter and

specified in the agreement; and

(B) to afford the participant the opportunity for employment

in the Veterans Health Administration (subject to the

availability of appropriated funds for such purpose and other

qualifications established in accordance with section 7402 of

this title).

(2) The participant's agreement -

(A) to accept such educational assistance;

(B) to maintain enrollment and attendance in the course of

training until completed;

(C) while enrolled in such course, to maintain an acceptable

level of academic standing (as determined by the educational

institution offering such course of training under regulations

prescribed by the Secretary); and

(D) after completion of the course of training, to serve as a

full-time employee in the Veterans Health Administration as

specified in the agreement in accordance with subchapter II,

III, V, or VI of this chapter.

(3) A provision that any financial obligation of the United

States arising out of an agreement entered into under this

chapter, and any obligation of the participant which is

conditioned on such agreement, is contingent upon funds being

appropriated for educational assistance under this chapter.

(4) A statement of the damages to which the United States is

entitled under this chapter for the participant's breach of the

agreement.

(5) Such other terms as are required to be included in the

agreement under subchapter II, III, V, or VI of this chapter or

as the Secretary may require consistent with the provisions of

this chapter.

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(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 519, Sec. 4304; amended Pub. L. 101-366, title II, Sec.

205(c)(3), Aug. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 441; renumbered Sec. 7604 and

amended Pub. L. 102-40, title IV, Secs. 402(b)(1), 403(b)(3), May

7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238, 239; Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E),

Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405; Pub. L. 103-446, title XII, Sec.

1201(b)(1), (e)(26), Nov. 2, 1994, 108 Stat. 4682, 4686; Pub. L.

105-368, title VIII, Sec. 805(4), Nov. 11, 1998, 112 Stat. 3359.)

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AMENDMENTS

1998 - Pub. L. 105-368 substituted "subchapter II, III, V, or VI"

for "subchapter II, III, or V" in pars. (1)(A), (2)(D), and (5).

1994 - Pub. L. 103-446, Sec. 1201(e)(26), substituted "subchapter

II" for "subchapters II" in pars. (1)(A), (2)(D), and (5).

Pub. L. 103-446, Sec. 1201(b)(1), substituted "Veterans Health

Administration" for "Department of Medicine and Surgery" in pars.

(1)(B) and (2)(D).

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(b)(1), renumbered section 4304 of

this title as this section.

Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for "Administrator" and

"Secretary's" for "Administrator's" wherever appearing.

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 403(b)(3), substituted "7402" for "4105" in

par. (1)(B).

1990 - Pars. (1)(A), (2)(D), (5). Pub. L. 101-366 substituted

"subchapters II, III, or V" for "subchapter II or III".

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SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 7603, 7612, 7622, 7672 of

this title.

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38 USC SUBCHAPTER II - SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER II - SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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SUBCHAPTER II - SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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SUBCHAPTER REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This subchapter is referred to in sections 7601, 7602, 7603, 7604

of this title.

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38 USC Sec. 7611 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER II - SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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Sec. 7611. Authority for program

-STATUTE-

As part of the Educational Assistance Program, the Secretary

shall carry out a scholarship program under this subchapter. The

program shall be known as the Department of Veterans Affairs Health

Professional Scholarship Program (hereinafter in this chapter

referred to as the "Scholarship Program").

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(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 520, Sec. 4311; renumbered Sec. 7611, Pub. L. 102-40, title

IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; amended Pub. L.

102-83, Sec. 4(a)(2)(B)(vi), (b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105

Stat. 403-405.)

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AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4311 of this title as

this section.

Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for "Administrator" and

"Department of Veterans Affairs" for "Veterans' Administration".

SUBMISSION OF OVERDUE REPORT

Pub. L. 105-114, title II, Sec. 207(b), Nov. 21, 1997, 111 Stat.

2289, provided that: "The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall

submit to Congress not later than 180 days after the date of the

enactment of this Act [Nov. 21, 1997] the report evaluating the

operation of the health professional scholarship program required

to be submitted not later than March 31, 1997, under section 202(b)

of Public Law 104-110 (110 Stat. 770) [set out below]."

HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Pub. L. 104-110, title II, Sec. 202(b), Feb. 13, 1996, 110 Stat.

770, provided that:

"(1) The Secretary shall submit to Congress, not later than March

31, 1997, a report setting forth the results of a study evaluating

the operation of the health professional scholarship program under

subchapter II of chapter 76 of title 38, United States Code. The

study shall evaluate the efficacy of the program with respect to

recruitment and retention of health care personnel for the

Department of Veterans Affairs and shall compare the costs and

benefits of the program with the costs and benefits of alternative

methods of ensuring adequate recruitment and retention of such

personnel.

"(2) The Secretary shall carry out the study under this paragraph

through a private contractor. The report under paragraph (1) shall

include the report of the contractor and the comments, if any, of

the Secretary on that report."

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38 USC Sec. 7612 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER II - SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7612. Eligibility; application; agreement

-STATUTE-

(a)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, an

individual must be accepted for enrollment or be enrolled (as

described in section 7602 of this title) as a full-time student to

be eligible to participate in the Scholarship Program.

(2) An individual who is an eligible Department employee may be

accepted as a participant if accepted for enrollment or enrolled

(as described in section 7602 of this title) for study on less than

a full-time but not less than a half-time basis. (Such a

participant is hereinafter in this subchapter referred to as a

"part-time student".)

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2) of this subsection, an

eligible Department employee is a full-time Department employee who

is permanently assigned to a Department health-care facility on the

date on which the individual submits the application referred to in

section 7603 of this title and on the date on which the individual

becomes a participant in the Scholarship Program.

(b)(1) A scholarship may be awarded under this subchapter only in

a qualifying field of education or training.

(2) A qualifying field of education or training for purposes of

this subchapter is education or training leading to employment

(under section 7401 of this title) as any of the following:

(A) A physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, nurse,

physician assistant, or expanded function dental auxiliary.

(B) A psychologist described in section 7401(3) of this title

or a certified or registered respiratory therapist, licensed

physical therapist, or licensed practical or vocational nurse.

(3) The Secretary may designate additional fields of education or

training as qualifying fields of education or training if the

education or training leads to employment in a position which would

qualify the individual for increased basic pay under subsection

(a)(1) of section 7455 of this title for personnel described in

subsection (a)(2)(B) of such section.

(4) Before awarding the initial scholarship in a course of

education or training other than medicine or nursing, the Secretary

shall notify the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and

House of Representatives of the Secretary's intent to award a

scholarship in such course of education or training. The notice

shall include a statement of the reasons why the award of

scholarships in that course of education or training is necessary

to assist in providing the Department with an adequate supply of

personnel in the health profession concerned. Any such notice shall

be given not less than 60 days before the first such scholarship is

awarded.

(5) In selecting applicants for the Scholarship Program, the

Secretary -

(A) shall give priority to applicants who will be entering

their final year in a course of training; and

(B) shall ensure an equitable allocation of scholarships to

persons enrolled in the second year of a program leading to an

associate degree in nursing.

(c)(1) An agreement between the Secretary and a participant in

the Scholarship Program shall (in addition to the requirements set

forth in section 7604 of this title) include the following:

(A) The Secretary's agreement to provide the participant with a

scholarship under this subchapter for a specified number (from

one to four) of school years during which the participant is

pursuing a course of education or training described in section

7602 of this title.

(B) The participant's agreement to serve as a full-time

employee in the Veterans Health Administration for a period of

time (hereinafter in this subchapter referred to as the "period

of obligated service") of one calendar year for each school year

or part thereof for which the participant was provided a

scholarship under the Scholarship Program, but for not less than

two years.

(2) In a case in which an extension is granted under section

7614(3) of this title, the number of years for which a scholarship

may be provided under this subchapter shall be the number of school

years provided for as a result of the extension.

(3) In the case of a participant who is a part-time student -

(A) the period of obligated service shall be reduced in

accordance with the proportion that the number of credit hours

carried by such participant in any such school year bears to the

number of credit hours required to be carried by a full-time

student in the course of training being pursued by the

participant, but in no event to less than one year; and

(B) the agreement shall include the participant's agreement to

maintain employment, while enrolled in such course of education

or training, as a Department employee permanently assigned to a

Department health-care facility.

(4) If a participant's period of obligated service is deferred

under section 7616(b)(3)(A)(i) of this title, the agreement terms

under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall provide for the

participant to serve any additional period of obligated service

that is prescribed by the Secretary under section 7616(b)(4)(B) of

this title.

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(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 520, Sec. 4312; amended Pub. L. 101-237, title II, Sec.

207(a), Dec. 18, 1989, 103 Stat. 2068; renumbered Sec. 7612 and

amended Pub. L. 102-40, title IV, Secs. 402(b)(1), (d)(1),

403(b)(4), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238, 239; Pub. L. 102-83, Sec.

4(a)(3), (4), (b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405;

Pub. L. 102-405, title II, Sec. 202(a), Oct. 9, 1992, 106 Stat.

1983; Pub. L. 103-446, title XII, Sec. 1201(b)(1), Nov. 2, 1994,

108 Stat. 4682.)

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AMENDMENTS

1994 - Subsec. (c)(1)(B). Pub. L. 103-446 substituted "Veterans

Health Administration" for "Department of Medicine and Surgery".

1992 - Subsec. (c)(1)(B). Pub. L. 102-405 inserted before period

at end ", but for not less than two years".

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(b)(1), renumbered section 4312 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted

"7602" for "4302".

Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted

"Department" for "Veterans' Administration".

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted "7602" for "4302".

Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted

"Department" for "Veterans' Administration" wherever appearing.

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted "7603" for "4303".

Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 403(b)(4)(A), substituted

"7401" for "4104" in introductory provisions and "7401(3)" for

"4104(3)" in subpar. (B).

Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted

"Secretary" for "Administrator".

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 403(b)(4)(B), substituted "subsection (a)(1)

of section 7455 of this title for personnel described in subsection

(a)(2)(B) of such section" for "section 4107(g)(1)(B) of this

title".

Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted

"Secretary" for "Administrator" and "Secretary's" for

"Administrator's".

Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted "Department" for

"Veterans' Administration".

Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted

"Secretary" for "Administrator" in introductory provisions and

"Secretary's" for "Administrator's" in subpar. (A).

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted "7604" for "4304" in

introductory provisions and "7602" for "4302" in subpar. (A).

Subsec. (c)(2). Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted

"7614(3)" for "4314(3)".

Subsec. (c)(3)(B). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted

"Department" for "Veterans' Administration" in two places.

Subsec. (c)(4). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted

"Secretary" for "Administrator".

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted "7616(b)(3)(A)(i)"

for "4316(b)(3)(A)(i)" and "7616(b)(4)(B)" for "4316(b)(4)(B)".

1989 - Subsec. (b)(5). Pub. L. 101-237 amended par. (5)

generally. Prior to amendment, par. (5) read as follows: "In

selecting applicants for the Scholarship Program, the Administrator

shall give priority to the applications of individuals who will be

entering their final year in a course of training."

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1992 AMENDMENT

Section 202(b) of Pub. L. 102-405 provided that: "The amendment

made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall apply to

scholarship agreements entered into after the date of the enactment

of this Act [Oct. 9, 1992]."

IMPLEMENTATION OF EQUITABLE ALLOCATION PROVISIONS

Section 207(b) of Pub. L. 101-237 provided that: "The Secretary

of Veterans Affairs shall provide for the implementation of the

amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] beginning

with scholarships awarded under section 4312 [now 7612] of title

38, United States Code, during 1990."

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 7613 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER II - SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7613. Scholarship

-STATUTE-

(a) A scholarship provided to a participant in the Scholarship

Program for a school year under the Scholarship Program shall

consist of payment of the tuition of the participant for that

school year, payment of other reasonable educational expenses

(including fees, books, and laboratory expenses) for that school

year, and a stipend determined under subsection (b) of this

section.

(b) A stipend under this section for a school year shall be

payment to the participant of not in excess of $485 per month

(adjusted in accordance with section 7631 of this title) for each

of the 12 consecutive months beginning with the first month of the

school year, except that a stipend may not be paid to a participant

who is a full-time employee of the Department. The stipend of a

participant who is a part-time student shall be adjusted as

provided in sections 7614(1) and 7614(2) of this title.

(c) The Secretary may arrange with an educational institution in

which a participant in the Scholarship Program is enrolled for the

payment to the educational institution of the amounts of tuition

and other reasonable educational expenses described in subsection

(a) of this section. Such payments may be made without regard to

subsections (a) and (b) of section 3324 of title 31.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 521, Sec. 4313; renumbered Sec. 7613 and amended Pub. L.

102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), (d)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat.

238, 239; Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), (b)(1), (2)(E), Aug.

6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(b)(1), renumbered section 4313 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted

"Department" for "Veterans' Administration".

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted "7631" for "4331" and

"7614(1) and 7614(2)" for "4314(1) and "4314(2)".

Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted

"Secretary" for "Administrator".

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 7617, 7631 of this title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7614 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER II - SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7614. Part-time students

-STATUTE-

In the case of a participant who is a part-time student -

(1) the maximum amount of the stipend payable to the

participant shall be reduced in accordance with the proportion

that the number of credit hours carried by such participant bears

to the number of credit hours required to be carried by a

full-time student in the course of education or training being

pursued by the participant;

(2) a stipend may not be paid for any month during which the

participant is not actually attending the course of training in

which the participant is enrolled; and

(3) the Secretary may extend the period for which a scholarship

may be awarded to the participant to a maximum of six school

years if the Secretary determines that the extension would be in

the best interest of the United States.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 522, Sec. 4314; renumbered Sec. 7614, Pub. L. 102-40, title

IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; amended Pub. L.

102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4314 of this title as

this section.

Par. (3). Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for

"Administrator" in two places.

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 7612, 7613 of this title.

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 7615 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER II - SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7615. Status of participants

-STATUTE-

Participants in the Scholarship Program shall not by reason of

their participation in such program (1) be considered to be

employees of the Federal Government, or (2) be counted against any

personnel ceiling affecting the Veterans Health Administration.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 522, Sec. 4315; renumbered Sec. 7615, Pub. L. 102-40, title

IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; amended Pub. L.

103-446, title XII, Sec. 1201(b)(1), Nov. 2, 1994, 108 Stat. 4682.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1994 - Pub. L. 103-446 substituted "Veterans Health

Administration" for "Department of Medicine and Surgery".

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4315 of this title as

this section.

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 7616 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER II - SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7616. Obligated service

-STATUTE-

(a) Each participant in the Scholarship Program shall provide

service as a full-time employee of the Department for the period of

obligated service provided in the agreement of the participant

entered into under section 7603 of this title. Such service shall

be provided in the full-time clinical practice of such

participant's profession or in another health-care position in an

assignment or location determined by the Secretary.

(b)(1) Not later than 60 days before the participant's service

commencement date, the Secretary shall notify the participant of

that service commencement date. That date is the date for the

beginning of the participant's period of obligated service.

(2) As soon as possible after the participant's service

commencement date, the Secretary shall -

(A) in the case of a participant who is not a full-time

employee in the Veterans Health Administration, appoint such

participant as such an employee; and

(B) in the case of a participant who is an employee in the

Veterans Health Administration but is not serving in a position

for which such participant's course of education or training

prepared such participant, assign such participant to such a

position.

(3)(A)(i) In the case of a participant receiving a degree from a

school of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, optometry, or podiatry,

the participant's service commencement date is the date upon which

the participant becomes licensed to practice medicine, osteopathy,

dentistry, optometry, or podiatry, as the case may be, in a State.

However, the Secretary may, at the request of such participant,

defer such date until the end of the period of time required for

the participant to complete an internship or residency or other

advanced clinical training. If the participant requests such a

deferral, the Secretary shall notify the participant that such

deferral could lead to an additional period of obligated service in

accordance with paragraph (4) of this subsection.

(ii) No such period of internship or residency or other advanced

clinical training shall be counted toward satisfying a period of

obligated service under this subchapter.

(B) In the case of a participant receiving a degree from a school

of nursing, the participant's service commencement date is the

later of (i) the participant's course completion date, or (ii) the

date upon which the participant becomes licensed as a registered

nurse in a State.

(C) In the case of a participant not covered by subparagraph (A)

or (B) of this paragraph, the participant's service commencement

date is the later of (i) the participant's course completion date,

or (ii) the date the participant meets any applicable licensure or

certification requirements.

(4) A participant whose period of obligated service is deferred

under paragraph (3)(A) of this subsection shall be required to

undertake internship or residency or other advanced clinical

training in an accredited program in an educational institution

which is an affiliated institution (as defined in section

7423(d)(1) of this title) and with respect to which the affiliation

agreement provides that all or part of the internship or residency

or other advanced clinical training will be undertaken in a

Department health-care facility. Such a participant may, at the

discretion of the Secretary and upon the recommendation of the

Under Secretary for Health, incur an additional period of obligated

service -

(A) at the rate of one-half of a calendar year for each year of

internship or residency or other advanced clinical training (or a

proportionate ratio thereof), if the internship, residency, or

advanced clinical training is in a medical specialty necessary to

meet the health-care requirements of the Department (as

determined under regulations prescribed by the Secretary); or

(B) at the rate of three-quarters of a calendar year for each

year of internship or residency or other advanced clinical

training (or a proportionate ratio thereof), if the internship,

residency, or advanced clinical training is not in a medical

specialty necessary to meet the health-care requirements of the

Department (as determined under regulations prescribed by the

Secretary).

(5) The Secretary shall by regulation prescribe the service

commencement date for participants who were part-time students.

Such regulations shall prescribe terms as similar as practicable to

the terms set forth in paragraph (3) of this subsection.

(c)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a

participant in the Scholarship Program shall be considered to have

begun serving such participant's period of obligated service -

(A) on the date, after such participant's course completion

date, on which such participant (in accordance with subsection

(b) of this section) is appointed under this chapter as a

full-time employee in the Veterans Health Administration; or

(B) if the participant is a full-time employee in the Veterans

Health Administration on such course completion date, on the date

thereafter on which such participant is assigned to a position

for which such participant's course of training prepared such

participant.

(2) A participant in the Scholarship Program who on such

participant's course completion date is a full-time employee in the

Veterans Health Administration serving in a capacity for which such

participant's course of training prepared such participant shall be

considered to have begun serving such participant's period of

obligated service on such course completion date.

(3) For the purposes of this section, the term "course completion

date" means the date on which a participant in the Scholarship

Program completes such participant's course of education or

training under the program.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 522, Sec. 4316; renumbered Sec. 7616 and amended Pub. L.

102-40, title IV, Secs. 402(b)(1), (d)(1), 403(b)(5), May 7, 1991,

105 Stat. 238-240; Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), (b)(1),

(2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405; Pub. L. 102-405, title

III, Sec. 302(c)(1), Oct. 9, 1992, 106 Stat. 1984; Pub. L. 103-446,

title XII, Sec. 1201(b)(1), Nov. 2, 1994, 108 Stat. 4682.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1994 - Subsecs. (b)(2), (c)(1), (2). Pub. L. 103-446 substituted

"Veterans Health Administration" for "Department of Medicine and

Surgery" wherever appearing.

1992 - Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 102-405 substituted "Under

Secretary for Health" for "Chief Medical Director".

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(b)(1), renumbered section 4316 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted

"Secretary" for "Administrator".

Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted "Department" for

"Veterans' Administration".

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted "7603" for "4303".

Subsec. (b)(1) to (3). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E),

substituted "Secretary" for "Administrator" wherever appearing.

Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted

"Secretary" for "Administrator" wherever appearing.

Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted "Department" for

"Veterans' Administration" wherever appearing.

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 403(b)(5), substituted "7423(d)(1)" for

"4108(c)(1)" in introductory provisions.

Subsec. (b)(5). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted

"Secretary" for "Administrator".

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 7612, 7617 of this title.

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 7617 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER II - SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7617. Breach of agreement: liability

-STATUTE-

(a) A participant in the Scholarship Program (other than a

participant described in subsection (b) of this section) who fails

to accept payment, or instructs the educational institution in

which the participant is enrolled not to accept payment, in whole

or in part, of a scholarship under the agreement entered into under

section 7603 of this title shall be liable to the United States for

liquidated damages in the amount of $1,500. Such liability is in

addition to any period of obligated service or other obligation or

liability under the agreement.

(b) A participant in the Scholarship Program shall be liable to

the United States for the amount which has been paid to or on

behalf of the participant under the agreement if any of the

following occurs:

(1) The participant fails to maintain an acceptable level of

academic standing in the educational institution in which the

participant is enrolled (as determined by the educational

institution under regulations prescribed by the Secretary).

(2) The participant is dismissed from such educational

institution for disciplinary reasons.

(3) The participant voluntarily terminates the course of

training in such educational institution before the completion of

such course of training.

(4) The participant fails to become licensed to practice

medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, or optometry in a

State, fails to become licensed as a registered nurse in a State,

or fails to meet any applicable licensure requirement in the case

of any other health-care personnel who provide either direct

patient-care services or services incident to direct patient-care

services, during a period of time determined under regulations

prescribed by the Secretary.

(5) In the case of a participant who is a part-time student,

the participant fails to maintain employment, while enrolled in

the course of training being pursued by such participant, as a

Department employee permanently assigned to a Department

health-care facility.

Liability under this subsection is in lieu of any service

obligation arising under the participant's agreement.

(c)(1) If a participant in the Scholarship Program breaches the

agreement by failing (for any reason) to complete such

participant's period of obligated service, the United States shall

be entitled to recover from the participant an amount determined in

accordance with the following formula:

T-S

A=3G6F G7A - - G7B

T

In such formula:

(A) "A" is the amount the United States is entitled to recover.

(B) "G6F" is the sum of (i) the amounts paid under this

subchapter to or on behalf of the participant, and (ii) the

interest on such amounts which would be payable if at the time

the amounts were paid they were loans bearing interest at the

maximum legal prevailing rate, as determined by the Treasurer of

the United States.

(C) "t" is the total number of months in the participant's

period of obligated service, including any additional period of

obligated service in accordance with section 7616(b)(4) of this

title.

(D) "s" is the number of months of such period served by the

participant in accordance with section 7613 of this title.

(2) Any amount of damages which the United States is entitled to

recover under this section shall be paid to the United States

within the one-year period beginning on the date of the breach of

the agreement.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 524, Sec. 4317; renumbered Sec. 7617 and amended Pub. L.

102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), (d)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat.

238, 239; Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), (b)(1), (2)(E), Aug.

6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405.)

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AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(b)(1), renumbered section 4317 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted "7603"

for "4303".

Subsec. (b)(1), (4). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E),

substituted "Secretary" for "Administrator".

Subsec. (b)(5). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted

"Department" for "Veterans' Administration" in two places.

Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted

"7616(b)(4)" for "4316(b)(4)" in subpar. (C) and "7613" for "4313"

in subpar. (D).

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 7655 of this title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7618 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER II - SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7618. Expiration of program

-STATUTE-

The Secretary may not furnish scholarships to new participants in

the Scholarship Program after December 31, 1998.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 525, Sec. 4318; renumbered Sec. 7618, Pub. L. 102-40, title

IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; amended Pub. L.

102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405;

Pub. L. 102-585, title V, Sec. 523(a), Nov. 4, 1992, 106 Stat.

4959; Pub. L. 104-110, title I, Sec. 101(j), Feb. 13, 1996, 110

Stat. 769; Pub. L. 105-114, title II, Sec. 207(a), Nov. 21, 1997,

111 Stat. 2289.)

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AMENDMENTS

1997 - Pub. L. 105-114 substituted "December 31, 1998" for

"December 31, 1997".

1996 - Pub. L. 104-110 substituted "December 31, 1997" for

"December 31, 1995".

1992 - Pub. L. 102-585 substituted "December 31, 1995" for

"September 30, 1992".

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4318 of this title as

this section.

Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for "Administrator".

RATIFICATION OF ACTIONS DURING PERIOD OF EXPIRED AUTHORITY

Any action taken by Secretary of Veterans Affairs before Feb. 13,

1996, under provision of law amended by title I of Pub. L. 104-110

that was taken during period beginning on date on which authority

of Secretary under such provision of law expired and ending on Feb.

13, 1996, considered to have same force and effect as if such

amendment had been in effect at time of that action, see section

103 of Pub. L. 104-110, set out as a note under section 1710 of

this title.

-End-

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38 USC SUBCHAPTER III - TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER III - TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

-HEAD-

SUBCHAPTER III - TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

-SECREF-

SUBCHAPTER REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This subchapter is referred to in sections 7601, 7602, 7603, 7604

of this title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7621 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER III - TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7621. Authority for program

-STATUTE-

As part of the Educational Assistance Program, the Secretary

shall carry out a tuition reimbursement program under this

subchapter. The program shall be known as the Department of

Veterans Affairs Nurse Education Tuition Reimbursement Program

(hereinafter in this chapter referred to as the "Tuition

Reimbursement Program").

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 525, Sec. 4321; renumbered Sec. 7621, Pub. L. 102-40, title

IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; amended Pub. L.

102-83, Sec. 4(a)(2)(B)(vi), (b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105

Stat. 403-405.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4321 of this title as

this section.

Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for "Administrator" and

"Department of Veterans Affairs" for "Veterans' Administration".

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7622 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER III - TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7622. Eligibility; application; agreement

-STATUTE-

(a) To be eligible to participate in the Tuition Reimbursement

Program, an individual must be a full-time employee in the

Department permanently assigned to a Department health-care

facility and must be enrolled in a course of training offered by an

institution approved by the Secretary leading toward completion of

(1) an associate or higher degree in nursing, or (2) a masters

degree or doctoral degree in nursing.

(b) In selecting applicants for acceptance in the Tuition

Reimbursement Program, the Secretary (in addition to according

priorities as set forth in section 7603(d) of this title) shall

give special consideration and emphasis to individuals pursuing a

course of study which will expedite an increase in the number of

registered nurses employed by the Department. The Secretary shall

then give priority, in the following order, to -

(1) individuals who have been employed as full-time employees

in the Nursing Service in the Veterans Health Administration; and

(2) individuals who have previously received tuition

reimbursement under the Tuition Reimbursement Program.

(c) An agreement between the Secretary and a participant in the

Tuition Reimbursement Program shall (in addition to the

requirements set forth in section 7604 of this title) contain the

following:

(1) The Secretary's agreement to provide the participant with

tuition reimbursement following successful completion (as

determined, pursuant to regulations prescribed by the Secretary,

by the educational institution involved) of (A) a course or

courses required for the course of study described in subsection

(a) of this section, or (B) a course or courses taken as

necessary prerequisites for degree program enrollment if a letter

regarding the potential enrollment of the participant from an

appropriate official of the institution involved includes a

statement specifying such prerequisites.

(2) The participant's agreement -

(A) to maintain employment, while enrolled in the course of

training being pursued by such participant, as a full-time

Department employee in the Veterans Health Administration

permanently assigned to a Department health-care facility; and

(B) to continue to serve as a full-time employee in the

Veterans Health Administration for one year (hereinafter in

this subchapter referred to as the "period of obligated

service") after completion of the course for which the

participant received tuition reimbursement.

(d) Tuition reimbursement provided to a participant in the

Tuition Reimbursement Program may not exceed $2,000 per year

(adjusted in accordance with section 7631 of this title).

(e) The Secretary may arrange with an educational institution

pursuant to which such an institution would provide a course or

courses at a Department health-care facility to participants in the

Tuition Reimbursement Program. Under such an arrangement, the

Secretary may agree to pay to the institution an amount not in

excess of an amount determined by multiplying the number of

participants in such a course by the amount of tuition

reimbursement each participant would receive for enrolling and

successfully completing such course.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 525, Sec. 4322; renumbered Sec. 7622 and amended Pub. L.

102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), (d)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat.

238, 239; Pub. L. 102-54, Sec. 14(e)(9), June 13, 1991, 105 Stat.

287; Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), (b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6,

1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405; Pub. L. 103-446, title XII, Sec. 1201(b),

Nov. 2, 1994, 108 Stat. 4682.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1994 - Subsecs. (b)(1), (c)(2)(A). Pub. L. 103-446, Sec.

1201(b)(1), substituted "Veterans Health Administration" for

"Department of Medicine and Surgery".

Subsec. (c)(2)(B). Pub. L. 103-446, Sec. 1201(b)(2), substituted

"the Veterans Health Administration" for "such Department".

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(b)(1), renumbered section 4322 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted

"Secretary" for "Administrator".

Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted "Department" for

"Veterans' Administration" in two places.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted

"Secretary" for "Administrator" in two places in introductory

provisions.

Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted "Department" for

"Veterans' Administration" in introductory provisions.

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted "7603(d)" for

"4303(d)".

Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted

"Secretary" for "Administrator" in introductory provisions and in

par. (1) and "Secretary's" for "Administrator's" in par. (1).

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted "7604" for "4304" in

introductory provisions.

Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted "Department" for

"Veterans' Administration" in two places in par. (2)(A).

Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 102-54 amended subsec. (d) as in effect

immediately before the enactment of Pub. L. 102-40 by inserting an

open parenthesis before "adjusted in".

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted "7631" for "4331".

Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted

"Secretary" for "Administrator" in two places.

Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), substituted "Department" for

"Veterans' Administration".

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 7623, 7631 of this title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7623 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER III - TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7623. Obligated service

-STATUTE-

(a) Each participant in the Tuition Reimbursement Program shall

provide service in the full-time clinical practice of such

participant's profession as a full-time employee of the Department

for the period of obligated service provided in the agreement of

such participant entered into under section 7603 of this title.

(b) A participant who on such participant's course completion

date is a full-time employee in the Veterans Health Administration

shall be considered to have begun serving such participant's period

of obligated service on the course completion date.

(c) Except in the case of a participant whose tuition was paid

pursuant to section 7622(e) of this title, if a participant in the

Tuition Reimbursement Program fails to successfully complete a

course, no reimbursement will be provided and no period of

obligated service will be incurred.

(d) In the case of a participant whose tuition was paid pursuant

to section 7622(e) of this title and who fails to complete the

course involved, the period of obligation shall be of the same

duration as it would have been if the participant had successfully

completed the course and the course completion date shall be

considered to be the date on which the participant's failure

becomes an established fact.

(e) For the purposes of this section, the term "course completion

date" means the date on which a participant in the Tuition

Reimbursement Program completes such participant's course of

training under the program.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 526, Sec. 4323; amended Pub. L. 100-687, div. B, title XV,

Sec. 1503(a)(3), Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4134; renumbered Sec.

7623 and amended Pub. L. 102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), (d)(1),

May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238, 239; Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4),

Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404; Pub. L. 103-446, title XII, Sec.

1201(b)(1), Nov. 2, 1994, 108 Stat. 4682.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1994 - Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 103-446 substituted "Veterans Health

Administration" for "Department of Medicine and Surgery".

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(b)(1), renumbered section 4323 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Department" for

"Veterans' Administration".

Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted "7603" for "4303".

Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted

"7622(e)" for "4322(e)".

1988 - Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 100-687 substituted "4322(e)"

for "4322(f)".

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7624 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER III - TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7624. Breach of agreement: liability

-STATUTE-

(a) A participant in the Tuition Reimbursement Program who fails

to maintain employment as a Department employee permanently

assigned to a Department health-care facility -

(1) may not be provided reimbursement for tuition for the

course or courses in which the participant is enrolled; and

(2) in lieu of any service obligation arising from

participation in the program, shall be liable to the United

States for the amount which has been paid or is payable to or on

behalf of the participant under the agreement, reduced by the

proportion that the number of days served for completion of the

service obligation bears to the total number of days in the

participant's period of obligated service.

(b) Any amount of damages which the United States is entitled to

recover under this section shall be paid to the United States

within the one-year period beginning on the date of the breach of

the agreement.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 527, Sec. 4324; amended Pub. L. 100-687, div. B, title XV,

Sec. 1503(a)(4), Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4134; renumbered Sec.

7624, Pub. L. 102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105

Stat. 238; Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), Aug. 6, 1991, 105

Stat. 404.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4324 of this title as

this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Department" for

"Veterans' Administration" in two places in introductory

provisions.

1988 - Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 100-687, Sec. 1503(a)(4)(A),

substituted "participation in the program" for "completion of a

course or courses in a previous semester or quarter", inserted "or

is payable" after "has been paid", and inserted before period at

end ", reduced by the proportion that the number of days served for

completion of the service obligation bears to the total number of

days in the participant's period of obligated service".

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 100-687, Sec. 1503(a)(4)(B), struck out par.

(1) which related to formula to apply to recover amount from

participant who breaches agreement by failing to complete period of

obligated service, and struck out par. (2) designation before "Any

amount".

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 7625 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER III - TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7625. Allocation and distribution of funding

-STATUTE-

In determining the amount of funding to allocate to Department

health-care facilities for any fiscal year in connection with the

Tuition Reimbursement Program, the Secretary shall take into

account (1) the personnel ceiling for that fiscal year for nursing

personnel, and (2) the recruitment and retention needs of such

facilities, as determined by the Secretary.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 527, Sec. 4325; renumbered Sec. 7625, Pub. L. 102-40, title

IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; amended Pub. L.

102-83, Sec. 4(a)(3), (4), (b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat.

404, 405.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4325 of this title as

this section.

Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for "Administrator" in two

places and substituted "Department" for "Veterans' Administration".

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC SUBCHAPTER IV - ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER IV - ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

-HEAD-

SUBCHAPTER IV - ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7631 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER IV - ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

-HEAD-

Sec. 7631. Periodic adjustments in amount of assistance

-STATUTE-

(a)(1) Whenever there is a general Federal pay increase, the

Secretary shall increase the maximum monthly stipend amount, the

maximum tuition reimbursement amount, the maximum Selected Reserve

member stipend amount, the maximum employee incentive scholarship

amount, and the maximum education debt reduction payments amount.

Any such increase shall take effect with respect to any school year

that ends in the fiscal year in which the pay increase takes

effect.

(2) The amount of any increase under paragraph (1) of this

subsection is the previous maximum amount under that paragraph

multiplied by the overall percentage of the adjustment in the rates

of pay under the General Schedule made under the general Federal

pay increase. Such amount shall be rounded to the next lower

multiple of $1.

(b) For purposes of this section:

(1) The term "maximum monthly stipend amount" means the maximum

monthly stipend that may be paid to a participant in the

Scholarship Program specified in section 7613(b) of this title

and as previously adjusted (if at all) in accordance with this

section.

(2) The term "maximum tuition reimbursement amount" means the

maximum amount of tuition reimbursement provided to a participant

in the Tuition Reimbursement Program specified in section 7622(e)

of this title and as previously adjusted (if at all) in

accordance with this section.

(3) The term "maximum Selected Reserve member stipend amount"

means the maximum amount of assistance provided to a person

receiving assistance under subchapter V of this chapter, as

specified in section 7653 of this title and as previously

adjusted (if at all) in accordance with this section.

(4) The term "maximum employee incentive scholarship amount"

means the maximum amount of the scholarship payable to a

participant in the Department of Veterans Affairs Employee

Incentive Scholarship Program under subchapter VI of this

chapter, as specified in section 7673(b)(1) of this title and as

previously adjusted (if at all) in accordance with this section.

(5) The term "maximum education debt reduction payments amount"

means the maximum amount of education debt reduction payments

payable to a participant in the Department of Veterans Affairs

Education Debt Reduction Program under subchapter VII of this

chapter, as specified in section 7683(d)(1) of this title and as

previously adjusted (if at all) in accordance with this section.

(6) The term "general Federal pay increase" means an adjustment

(if an increase) in the rates of pay under the General Schedule

under subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 528, Sec. 4331; amended Pub. L. 101-366, title II, Sec.

205(b), Aug. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 441; renumbered Sec. 7631 and

amended Pub. L. 102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), (d)(1), May 7,

1991, 105 Stat. 238, 239; Pub. L. 102-54, Sec. 14(e)(10), June 13,

1991, 105 Stat. 287; Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6,

1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405; Pub. L. 107-135, title I, Secs. 101(f),

(g), 102(d)(1), Jan. 23, 2002, 115 Stat. 2448, 2449.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2002 - Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 107-135, Secs. 101(f)(1),

102(d)(1)(A), substituted "the maximum Selected Reserve member

stipend amount, the maximum employee incentive scholarship amount,

and the maximum education debt reduction payments amount" for "and

the maximum Selected Reserve member stipend amount".

Subsec. (b)(1) to (3). Pub. L. 107-135, Sec. 101(g), substituted

"this section" for "this subsection" in pars. (1) to (3).

Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 107-135, Sec. 101(f)(2)(B), added par.

(4). Former par. (4) redesignated (6).

Subsec. (b)(5). Pub. L. 107-135, Sec. 102(d)(1)(B), added par.

(5).

Subsec. (b)(6). Pub. L. 107-135, Sec. 101(f)(2)(A), redesignated

par. (4) as (6).

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(b)(1), renumbered section 4331 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for

"Administrator".

Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted

"7613(b)" for "4313(b)".

Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted

"7622(e)" for "4322(e)".

Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted

"7653" for "4353".

Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 102-54 amended subsec. (b)(4) as in

effect immediately before the enactment of Pub. L. 102-40 by

substituting "chapter 53" for "chapter 51".

1990 - Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 101-366, Sec. 205(b)(1),

substituted "stipend amount," for "stipend amount and" and

"reimbursement amount, and the maximum Selected Reserve member

stipend amount" for "reimbursement amount".

Subsec. (b)(3), (4). Pub. L. 101-366, Sec. 205(b)(2), added par.

(3) and redesignated former par. (3) as (4).

ADJUSTMENT OF MAXIMUM EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PAYMENTS AMOUNT

Pub. L. 107-135, title I, Sec. 102(d)(2), Jan. 23, 2002, 115

Stat. 2449, provided that: "Notwithstanding section 7631(a)(1) of

title 38, United States Code, as amended by paragraph (1), the

Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall not increase the maximum

education debt reduction payments amount under that section in

calendar year 2002."

TRANSITION

Section 216(d) of Pub. L. 100-322 provided that: "Section 4331

[now 7631] of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection

(b), shall not apply with respect to a school year ending during

fiscal year 1988."

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 7613, 7622, 7653 of this

title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7632 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER IV - ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

-HEAD-

Sec. 7632. Annual report

-STATUTE-

Not later than March 1 of each year, the Secretary shall submit

to Congress a report on the Educational Assistance Program. Each

such report shall include the following information:

(1) The number of students receiving educational assistance

under the Educational Assistance Program, showing the numbers of

students receiving assistance under the Scholarship Program, the

Tuition Reimbursement Program, the Employee Incentive Scholarship

Program, and the Education Debt Reduction Program separately, and

the number of students (if any) enrolled in each type of health

profession training under each program.

(2) The education institutions (if any) providing such training

to students in each program.

(3) The number of applications filed under each program, by

health profession category, during the school year beginning in

such year and the total number of such applications so filed for

all years in which the Educational Assistance Program (or

predecessor program) has been in existence.

(4) The average amounts of educational assistance provided per

participant in the Scholarship Program, per participant in the

Tuition Reimbursement Program, per participant in the Employee

Incentive Scholarship Program, and per participant in the

Education Debt Reduction Program.

(5) The amount of tuition and other expenses paid, by health

profession category, in the aggregate and at each educational

institution for the school year beginning in such year and for

prior school years.

(6) The number of scholarships accepted, by health profession

category, during the school year beginning in such year and the

number, by health profession category, which were offered and not

accepted.

(7) The number of participants who complete a course or course

of training in each program each year and for all years that such

program (or predecessor program) has been in existence.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 528, Sec. 4332; renumbered Sec. 7632, Pub. L. 102-40, title

IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; amended Pub. L.

102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405;

Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 805(5), Nov. 11, 1998, 112 Stat.

3359.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1998 - Par. (1). Pub. L. 105-368, Sec. 805(5)(A), substituted ",

the Tuition Reimbursement Program, the Employee Incentive

Scholarship Program, and the Education Debt Reduction Program" for

"and the Tuition Reimbursement Program" and inserted "(if any)"

after "number of students".

Par. (2). Pub. L. 105-368, Sec. 805(5)(B), inserted "(if any)"

after "education institutions".

Par. (4). Pub. L. 105-368, Sec. 805(5)(C), substituted ", per

participant" for "and per participant" and inserted ", per

participant in the Employee Incentive Scholarship Program, and per

participant in the Education Debt Reduction Program" before period

at end.

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4332 of this title as

this section.

Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for "Administrator" in

introductory provisions.

TERMINATION OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

For termination, effective May 15, 2000, of reporting provisions

in this section, see section 3003 of Pub. L. 104-66, as amended,

set out as a note under section 1113 of Title 31, Money and

Finance, and page 145 of House Document No. 103-7.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7633 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER IV - ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

-HEAD-

Sec. 7633. Regulations

-STATUTE-

The Secretary shall prescribe regulations to carry out the

Educational Assistance Program.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 529, Sec. 4333; renumbered Sec. 7633, Pub. L. 102-40, title

IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; amended Pub. L.

102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4333 of this title as

this section.

Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for "Administrator".

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7634 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER IV - ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

-HEAD-

Sec. 7634. Breach of agreement; waiver of liability

-STATUTE-

(a) An obligation under the Educational Assistance Program (or an

agreement under the program) of a participant in the Educational

Assistance Program for performance of services or payment of

damages is canceled upon the death of the participant.

(b) The Secretary shall prescribe regulations providing for the

waiver or suspension of any obligation of a participant for service

or payment under the Educational Assistance Program (or an

agreement under the program) whenever noncompliance by the

participant is due to circumstances beyond the control of the

participant or whenever the Secretary determines that the waiver or

suspension of compliance is in the best interest of the United

States.

(c) An obligation of a participant under the Educational

Assistance Program (or an agreement thereunder) for payment of

damages may not be released by a discharge in bankruptcy under

title 11 before the expiration of the five-year period beginning on

the first date the payment of such damages is due.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 529, Sec. 4334; renumbered Sec. 7634, Pub. L. 102-40, title

IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; amended Pub. L.

102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4334 of this title as

this section.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for

"Administrator" in two places.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7635 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER IV - ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

-HEAD-

Sec. 7635. Service in other agencies

-STATUTE-

(a) The Secretary, with the consent of the participant or

individual involved and the consent of the head of the department

or agency involved, may permit -

(1) a period of obligated service required under this chapter

to be performed in the Veterans Health Administration to be

performed in another Federal department or agency or in the Armed

Forces in lieu of performance of such service in the Veterans

Health Administration; and

(2) a period of obligated service required to be performed in

another Federal department or agency or in the Armed Forces under

another Federal health personnel educational assistance program

to be performed in the Veterans Health Administration.

(b) This section shall be carried out in cooperation with the

heads of other appropriate departments and agencies.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 529, Sec. 4335; renumbered Sec. 7635, Pub. L. 102-40, title

IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; amended Pub. L.

102-83, Sec. 4(b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405;

Pub. L. 103-446, title XII, Sec. 1201(b)(1), Nov. 2, 1994, 108

Stat. 4682.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1994 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103-446 substituted "Veterans Health

Administration" for "Department of Medicine and Surgery" wherever

appearing.

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4335 of this title as

this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102-83 substituted "Secretary" for

"Administrator" in introductory provisions.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7636 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER IV - ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

-HEAD-

Sec. 7636. Exemption of educational assistance payments from

taxation

-STATUTE-

Notwithstanding any other law, any payment to, or on behalf of a

participant in the Educational Assistance Program, for tuition,

education expenses, a stipend, or education debt reduction under

this chapter shall be exempt from taxation.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 100-322, title II, Sec. 216(b), May 20, 1988, 102

Stat. 529, Sec. 4336; renumbered Sec. 7636, Pub. L. 102-40, title

IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; amended Pub. L.

105-368, title VIII, Sec. 805(6), Nov. 11, 1998, 112 Stat. 3359.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1998 - Pub. L. 105-368 substituted "a stipend, or education debt

reduction" for "or a stipend".

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4336 of this title as

this section.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC SUBCHAPTER V - STIPEND PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE

SELECTED RESERVE 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER V - STIPEND PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE SELECTED RESERVE

-HEAD-

SUBCHAPTER V - STIPEND PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE SELECTED RESERVE

-SECREF-

SUBCHAPTER REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This subchapter is referred to in sections 7601, 7603, 7604, 7631

of this title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7651 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER V - STIPEND PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE SELECTED RESERVE

-HEAD-

Sec. 7651. Authority for program

-STATUTE-

(a) As part of the Educational Assistance Program, the Secretary

of Veterans Affairs may select qualified individuals to receive

assistance under this subchapter.

(b) To be eligible to receive assistance under this subchapter,

an individual must be accepted for enrollment or be enrolled as a

full-time student at a qualifying educational institution in a

course of education or training that is approved by the Secretary

and that leads toward completion of a degree in a health profession

involving direct patient care or care incident to direct patient

care.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 101-366, title II, Sec. 205(a)(1), Aug. 15, 1990,

104 Stat. 439, Sec. 4351; renumbered Sec. 7651, Pub. L. 102-40,

title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4351 of this title as

this section.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7652 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER V - STIPEND PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE SELECTED RESERVE

-HEAD-

Sec. 7652. Eligibility: individuals entitled to benefits under the

GI Bill program for members of the Selected Reserve

-STATUTE-

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may not approve an application

under section 7603 of this title of an individual applying to

receive assistance under this subchapter unless -

(1) the individual is entitled to benefits under chapter 106 of

title 10; and

(2) the score of the individual on the Armed Forces

Qualification Test was above the 50th percentile.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 101-366, title II, Sec. 205(a)(1), Aug. 15, 1990,

104 Stat. 440, Sec. 4352; renumbered Sec. 7652 and amended Pub. L.

102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), (d)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat.

238, 239.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4352 of this title as

this section and substituted "7603" for "4303" in introductory

provisions.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7653 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER V - STIPEND PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE SELECTED RESERVE

-HEAD-

Sec. 7653. Amount of assistance

-STATUTE-

The Secretary may pay to a person selected to receive assistance

under this subchapter the amount of $400 (adjusted in accordance

with section 7631 of this title) for each month of the person's

enrollment in a program of education or training covered by the

agreement of the person entered into under section 7603 of this

title. Payment of such benefits for any period shall be coordinated

with any payment of benefits for the same period under chapter 106

of title 10.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 101-366, title II, Sec. 205(a)(1), Aug. 15, 1990,

104 Stat. 440, Sec. 4353; renumbered Sec. 7653 and amended Pub. L.

102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), (d)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat.

238, 239.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4353 of this title as

this section and substituted "7631" for "4331" and "7603" for

"4303".

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 7631 of this title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7654 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER V - STIPEND PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE SELECTED RESERVE

-HEAD-

Sec. 7654. Obligated service

-STATUTE-

A person receiving assistance under this subchapter shall provide

service in the full-time clinical practice of the person's

profession as a full-time employee of the Department for the period

of obligated service provided in the agreement of such person

entered into under section 7603 of this title.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 101-366, title II, Sec. 205(a)(1), Aug. 15, 1990,

104 Stat. 440, Sec. 4354; renumbered Sec. 7654 and amended Pub. L.

102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), (d)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat.

238, 239.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40 renumbered section 4354 of this title as

this section and substituted "7603" for "4303".

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 7655 of this title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7655 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER V - STIPEND PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE SELECTED RESERVE

-HEAD-

Sec. 7655. Breach of agreement; liability

-STATUTE-

(a)(1) Subject to paragraph (2), an individual who is receiving

or has received a reserve member stipend under this subchapter and

who fails to perform the service for which the individual is

obligated under section 7654 of this title shall be liable to the

United States in an amount determined in accordance with section

7617(c)(1) of this title.

(2) An individual who, as a result of performing active duty

(including active duty for training), is unable to perform the

service for which the individual is obligated under section 7654 of

this title shall be permitted to perform that service upon

completion of the active duty service (or active duty for

training). The Secretary may, by regulation, waive the requirement

for the performance of the service for which the individual is

obligated under section 7654 of this title in any case in which the

Secretary determines that the individual is unable to perform the

service for reasons beyond the control of the individual or in any

case in which the waiver would be in the best interest of the

individual and the United States.

(b) Any amount owed the United States under subsection (a) of

this section shall be paid to the United States during the one-year

period beginning on the date of the breach of the agreement.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 101-366, title II, Sec. 205(a)(1), Aug. 15, 1990,

104 Stat. 440, Sec. 4355; renumbered Sec. 7655 and amended Pub. L.

102-40, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(1), (d)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat.

238, 239.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

1991 - Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(b)(1), renumbered section 4355 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted

"7654" for "4354" and "7617(c)(1)" for "4317(c)(1)".

Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 102-40, Sec. 402(d)(1), substituted

"7654" for "4354" in two places.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC SUBCHAPTER VI - EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP

PROGRAM 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER VI - EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

SUBCHAPTER VI - EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-SECREF-

SUBCHAPTER REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This subchapter is referred to in sections 7601, 7602, 7603,

7604, 7631 of this title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7671 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER VI - EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7671. Authority for program

-STATUTE-

As part of the Educational Assistance Program, the Secretary may

carry out a scholarship program under this subchapter. The program

shall be known as the Department of Veterans Affairs Employee

Incentive Scholarship Program (hereinafter in this subchapter

referred to as the "Program"). The purpose of the Program is to

assist, through the establishment of an incentive program for

individuals employed in the Veterans Health Administration, in

meeting the staffing needs of the Veterans Health Administration

for health professional occupations for which recruitment or

retention of qualified personnel is difficult.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 802(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3352; amended Pub. L. 107-14, Sec. 8(a)(16), June 5, 2001,

115 Stat. 35.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Pub. L. 107-14 substituted "hereinafter" for "hereafter".

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7672 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER VI - EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7672. Eligibility; agreement

-STATUTE-

(a) Eligibility. - To be eligible to participate in the Program,

an individual must be an eligible Department employee who is

accepted for enrollment or enrolled (as described in section 7602

of this title) as a full-time or part-time student in a field of

education or training described in subsection (c).

(b) Eligible Department Employees. - For purposes of subsection

(a), an eligible Department employee is any employee of the

Department who, as of the date on which the employee submits an

application for participation in the Program, has been continuously

employed by the Department for not less than one year.

(c) Qualifying Fields of Education or Training. - A scholarship

may be awarded under the Program only for education and training in

a field leading to appointment or retention in a position under

section 7401 of this title.

(d) Award of Scholarships. - Notwithstanding section 7603(d) of

this title, the Secretary, in selecting participants in the

Program, may award a scholarship only to applicants who have a

record of employment with the Veterans Health Administration which,

in the judgment of the Secretary, demonstrates a high likelihood

that the applicant will be successful in completing such education

or training and in employment in such field.

(e) Agreement. - (1) An agreement between the Secretary and a

participant in the Program shall (in addition to the requirements

set forth in section 7604 of this title) include the following:

(A) The Secretary's agreement to provide the participant with a

scholarship under the Program for a specified number (from one to

three) of school years during which the participant pursues a

course of education or training described in subsection (c) that

meets the requirements set forth in section 7602(a) of this

title.

(B) The participant's agreement to serve as a full-time

employee in the Veterans Health Administration for a period of

time (hereinafter in this subchapter referred to as the "period

of obligated service") determined in accordance with regulations

prescribed by the Secretary of up to three calendar years for

each school year or part thereof for which the participant was

provided a scholarship under the Program, but for not less than 3

years.

(C) The participant's agreement to serve under subparagraph (B)

in a Department facility selected by the Secretary.

(2) In a case in which an extension is granted under section

7673(c)(2) of this title, the number of years for which a

scholarship may be provided under the Program shall be the number

of school years provided for as a result of the extension.

(3) In the case of a participant who is a part-time student, the

period of obligated service shall be reduced in accordance with the

proportion that the number of credit hours carried by such

participant in any such school year bears to the number of credit

hours required to be carried by a full-time student in the course

of training being pursued by the participant, but in no event to

less than 1 year.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 802(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3352; amended Pub. L. 107-14, Sec. 8(a)(16), June 5, 2001,

115 Stat. 35; Pub. L. 107-135, title I, Sec. 101(b), Jan. 23, 2002,

115 Stat. 2447.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2002 - Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 107-135 substituted "one year" for "2

years".

2001 - Subsec. (e)(1)(B). Pub. L. 107-14 substituted

"hereinafter" for "hereafter".

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7673 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER VI - EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7673. Scholarship

-STATUTE-

(a) Scholarship. - A scholarship provided to a participant in the

Program for a school year shall consist of payment of the tuition

(or such portion of the tuition as may be provided under subsection

(b)) of the participant for that school year and payment of other

reasonable educational expenses (including fees, books, and

laboratory expenses) for that school year.

(b) Amounts. - The total amount of the scholarship payable under

subsection (a) -

(1) in the case of a participant in the Program who is a

full-time student, may not exceed $10,000 for the equivalent of

one year of full-time coursework; and

(2) in the case of a participant in the Program who is a

part-time student, shall bear the same ratio to the amount that

would be paid under paragraph (1) if the participant were a

full-time student in the course of education or training being

pursued by the participant as the coursework carried by the

participant to full-time coursework in that course of education

or training.

(c) Limitations on Period of Payment. - (1) The maximum number of

school years for which a scholarship may be paid under subsection

(a) to a participant in the Program shall be six school years.

(2) A participant in the Program may not receive a scholarship

under subsection (a) for more than the equivalent of three years of

full-time coursework.

(d) Payment of Educational Expenses by Educational Institutions.

- The Secretary may arrange with an educational institution in

which a participant in the Program is enrolled for the payment of

the educational expenses described in subsection (a). Such payments

may be made without regard to subsections (a) and (b) of section

3324 of title 31.

(e) Full-Time Coursework. - For purposes of this section,

full-time coursework shall consist of the following:

(1) In the case of undergraduate coursework, 30 semester hours

per undergraduate school year.

(2) In the case of graduate coursework, 18 semester hours per

graduate school year.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 802(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3353; amended Pub. L. 107-135, title I, Sec. 101(c)-(e), Jan.

23, 2002, 115 Stat. 2447, 2448.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2002 - Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 107-135, Sec. 101(c)(1),

substituted "for the equivalent of one year of full-time

coursework" for "for any 1 year".

Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 107-135, Sec. 101(c)(2), added par. (2)

and struck out former par. (2) which read as follows: "in the case

of a participant in the Program who is a part-time student, shall

be the amount specified in paragraph (1) reduced in accordance with

the proportion that the number of credit hours carried by the

participant in that school year bears to the number of credit hours

required to be carried by a full-time student in the course of

education or training being pursued by the participant."

Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 107-135, Sec. 101(d), amended heading and

text of subsec. (c) generally. Prior to amendment, text read as

follows:

"(1) Subject to paragraph (2), a participant in the Program may

not receive a scholarship under subsection (a) for more than three

school years.

"(2) The Secretary may extend the number of school years for

which a scholarship may be awarded to a participant in the Program

who is a part-time student to a maximum of six school years if the

Secretary determines that the extension would be in the best

interest of the United States."

Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 107-135, Sec. 101(e), added subsec. (e).

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 7631, 7672, 7675 of this

title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7674 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER VI - EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7674. Obligated service

-STATUTE-

(a) In General. - Each participant in the Program shall provide

service as a full-time employee of the Department for the period of

obligated service provided in the agreement of the participant

entered into under section 7603 of this title. Such service shall

be provided in the full-time clinical practice of such

participant's profession or in another health-care position in an

assignment or location determined by the Secretary.

(b) Determination of Service Commencement Date. - (1) Not later

than 60 days before a participant's service commencement date, the

Secretary shall notify the participant of that service commencement

date. That date is the date for the beginning of the participant's

period of obligated service.

(2) As soon as possible after a participant's service

commencement date, the Secretary shall -

(A) in the case of a participant who is not a full-time

employee in the Veterans Health Administration, appoint the

participant as such an employee; and

(B) in the case of a participant who is an employee in the

Veterans Health Administration but is not serving in a position

for which the participant's course of education or training

prepared the participant, assign the participant to such a

position.

(3)(A) In the case of a participant receiving a degree from a

school of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, optometry, or podiatry,

the participant's service commencement date is the date upon which

the participant becomes licensed to practice medicine, osteopathy,

dentistry, optometry, or podiatry, as the case may be, in a State.

(B) In the case of a participant receiving a degree from a school

of nursing, the participant's service commencement date is the

later of -

(i) the participant's course completion date; or

(ii) the date upon which the participant becomes licensed as a

registered nurse in a State.

(C) In the case of a participant not covered by subparagraph (A)

or (B), the participant's service commencement date is the later of

-

(i) the participant's course completion date; or

(ii) the date the participant meets any applicable licensure or

certification requirements.

(4) The Secretary shall by regulation prescribe the service

commencement date for participants who were part-time students.

Such regulations shall prescribe terms as similar as practicable to

the terms set forth in paragraph (3).

(c) Commencement of Obligated Service. - (1) Except as provided

in paragraph (2), a participant in the Program shall be considered

to have begun serving the participant's period of obligated service

-

(A) on the date, after the participant's course completion

date, on which the participant (in accordance with subsection

(b)) is appointed as a full-time employee in the Veterans Health

Administration; or

(B) if the participant is a full-time employee in the Veterans

Health Administration on such course completion date, on the date

thereafter on which the participant is assigned to a position for

which the participant's course of training prepared the

participant.

(2) A participant in the Program who on the participant's course

completion date is a full-time employee in the Veterans Health

Administration serving in a capacity for which the participant's

course of training prepared the participant shall be considered to

have begun serving the participant's period of obligated service on

such course completion date.

(d) Course Completion Date Defined. - In this section, the term

"course completion date" means the date on which a participant in

the Program completes the participant's course of education or

training under the Program.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 802(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3354.)

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7675 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER VI - EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7675. Breach of agreement: liability

-STATUTE-

(a) Liquidated Damages. - A participant in the Program (other

than a participant described in subsection (b)) who fails to accept

payment, or instructs the educational institution in which the

participant is enrolled not to accept payment, in whole or in part,

of a scholarship under the agreement entered into under section

7603 of this title shall be liable to the United States for

liquidated damages in the amount of $1,500. Such liability is in

addition to any period of obligated service or other obligation or

liability under the agreement.

(b) Liability During Course of Education or Training. - (1)

Except as provided in subsection (d), a participant in the Program

shall be liable to the United States for the amount which has been

paid to or on behalf of the participant under the agreement if any

of the following occurs:

(A) The participant fails to maintain an acceptable level of

academic standing in the educational institution in which the

participant is enrolled (as determined by the educational

institution under regulations prescribed by the Secretary).

(B) The participant is dismissed from such educational

institution for disciplinary reasons.

(C) The participant voluntarily terminates the course of

education or training in such educational institution before the

completion of such course of education or training.

(D) The participant fails to become licensed to practice

medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, or optometry in a

State, fails to become licensed as a registered nurse in a State,

or fails to meet any applicable licensure requirement in the case

of any other health-care personnel who provide either direct

patient-care services or services incident to direct patient-care

services, during a period of time determined under regulations

prescribed by the Secretary.

(E) In the case of a participant who is a part-time student,

the participant fails to maintain employment, while enrolled in

the course of training being pursued by the participant, as a

Department employee.

(2) Liability under this subsection is in lieu of any service

obligation arising under a participant's agreement.

(c) Liability During Period of Obligated Service. - (1) Except as

provided in subsection (d), if a participant in the Program

breaches the agreement by failing for any reason to complete such

participant's period of obligated service, the United States shall

be entitled to recover from the participant an amount determined in

accordance with the following formula:

T-S

A=3G6F ( - - )

T

(2) In such formula:

(A) "A" is the amount the United States is entitled to recover.

(B) "G6F" is the sum of -

(i) the amounts paid under this subchapter to or on behalf of

the participant; and

(ii) the interest on such amounts which would be payable if

at the time the amounts were paid they were loans bearing

interest at the maximum legal prevailing rate, as determined by

the Treasurer of the United States.

(C) "t" is the total number of months in the participant's

period of obligated service, including any additional period of

obligated service in accordance with section 7673(c)(2) of this

title.

(D) "s" is the number of months of such period served by the

participant in accordance with section 7673 of this title.

(d) Limitation on Liability for Reductions-in-Force. - Liability

shall not arise under subsection (b)(1)(E) or (c) in the case of a

participant otherwise covered by the subsection concerned if the

participant fails to maintain employment as a Department employee

due to a staffing adjustment.

(e) Period for Payment of Damages. - Any amount of damages which

the United States is entitled to recover under this section shall

be paid to the United States within the 1-year period beginning on

the date of the breach of the agreement.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 802(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3355.)

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7676 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER VI - EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-HEAD-

[Sec. 7676. Repealed. Pub. L. 107-135, title I, Sec. 101(a)(1),

Jan. 23, 2002, 115 Stat. 2447]

-MISC1-

Section, added Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 802(a), Nov. 11,

1998, 112 Stat. 3356, provided that the Secretary could not furnish

scholarships to individuals who had not commenced participation in

the Program before Dec. 31, 2001.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC SUBCHAPTER VII - EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER VII - EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM

-HEAD-

SUBCHAPTER VII - EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM

-SECREF-

SUBCHAPTER REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This subchapter is referred to in sections 7601, 7603, 7631 of

this title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7681 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER VII - EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7681. Authority for program

-STATUTE-

(a) In General. - (1) As part of the Educational Assistance

Program, the Secretary may carry out an education debt reduction

program under this subchapter. The program shall be known as the

Department of Veterans Affairs Education Debt Reduction Program

(hereinafter in this subchapter referred to as the "Education Debt

Reduction Program").

(2) The purpose of the Education Debt Reduction Program is to

assist in the recruitment of qualified health care professionals

for positions in the Veterans Health Administration for which

recruitment or retention of an adequate supply of qualified

personnel is difficult.

(b) Relationship to Educational Assistance Program. - Education

debt reduction payments under the Education Debt Reduction Program

may be in addition to other assistance available to individuals

under the Educational Assistance Program.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 803(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3357; amended Pub. L. 107-14, Sec. 8(a)(16), June 5, 2001,

115 Stat. 35.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 107-14 substituted "hereinafter"

for "hereafter".

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7682 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER VII - EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7682. Eligibility

-STATUTE-

(a) Eligibility. - An individual is eligible to participate in

the Education Debt Reduction Program if the individual -

(1) is a recently appointed employee in the Veterans Health

Administration serving in a position (as determined by the

Secretary) providing direct-patient care services or services

incident to direct-patient care services for which recruitment or

retention of qualified health-care personnel (as so determined)

is difficult; and

(2) owes any amount of principal or interest under a loan, the

proceeds of which were used by or on behalf of that individual to

pay costs relating to a course of education or training which led

to a degree that qualified the individual for the position

referred to in paragraph (1).

(b) Covered Costs. - For purposes of subsection (a)(2), costs

relating to a course of education or training include -

(1) tuition expenses;

(2) all other reasonable educational expenses, including

expenses for fees, books, and laboratory expenses; and

(3) reasonable living expenses.

(c) Recently Appointed Individuals. - For purposes of subsection

(a), an individual shall be considered to be recently appointed to

a position if the individual has held that position for less than 6

months.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 803(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3357; amended Pub. L. 107-135, title I, Sec. 102(b), Jan. 23,

2002, 115 Stat. 2448.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2002 - Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 107-135 substituted "in a position

(as determined by the Secretary) providing direct-patient care

services or services incident to direct-patient care services" for

"under an appointment under section 7402(b) of this title in a

position" and "(as so determined)" for "(as determined by the

Secretary)".

TEMPORARY EXPANSION OF INDIVIDUALS ELIGIBLE FOR PARTICIPATION IN

PROGRAM

Pub. L. 107-135, title I, Sec. 102(e), Jan. 23, 2002, 115 Stat.

2449, provided that:

"(1) Notwithstanding section 7682(c) of title 38, United States

Code, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may treat a covered

individual as being a recently appointed employee in the Veterans

Health Administration under section 7682(a) of that title for

purposes of eligibility in the Education Debt Reduction Program if

the Secretary determines that the participation of the individual

in the Program under this subsection would further the purposes of

the Program.

"(2) For purposes of this subsection, a covered individual is any

individual otherwise described by section 7682(a) of title 38,

United States Code, as in effect on the day before the date of the

enactment of this Act [Jan. 23, 2002], who -

"(A) was appointed as an employee in a position described in

paragraph (1) of that section, as so in effect, between January

1, 1999, and December 31, 2001; and

"(B) is an employee in such position, or in another position

described in paragraph (1) of that section, as so in effect, at

the time of application for treatment as a covered individual

under this subsection.

"(3) The Secretary shall make determinations regarding the

exercise of the authority in this subsection on a case-by-case

basis.

"(4) The Secretary may not exercise the authority in this

subsection after June 30, 2002. The expiration of the authority in

this subsection shall not affect the treatment of an individual

under this subsection before that date as a covered individual for

purposes of eligibility in the Education Debt Reduction Program.

"(5) In this subsection, the term 'Education Debt Reduction

Program' means the Department of Veterans Affairs Education Debt

Reduction Program under subchapter VII of chapter 76 of title 38,

United States Code."

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SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 7683 of this title.

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 7683 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER VII - EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM

-HEAD-

Sec. 7683. Education debt reduction

-STATUTE-

(a) In General. - Education debt reduction payments under the

Education Debt Reduction Program shall consist of payments to

individuals selected to participate in the program of amounts to

reimburse such individuals for payments by such individuals of

principal and interest on loans described in section 7682(a)(2) of

this title.

(b) Frequency of Payment. - (1) The Secretary may make education

debt reduction payments to any given participant in the Education

Debt Reduction Program on a monthly or annual basis, as determined

by the Secretary.

(2) The Secretary shall make such payments at the end of the

period determined by the Secretary under paragraph (1).

(c) Performance Requirement. - The Secretary may make education

debt reduction payments to a participant in the Education Debt

Reduction Program for a period only if the Secretary determines

that the individual maintained an acceptable level of performance

in the position or positions served by the participant during the

period.

(d) Maximum Annual Amount. - (1) Subject to paragraph (2), the

amount of education debt reduction payments made to a participant

under the Education Debt Reduction Program may not exceed $44,000

over a total of five years of participation in the Program, of

which not more than $10,000 of such payments may be made in each of

the fourth and fifth years of participation in the Program.

(2) The total amount payable to a participant in such Program for

any year may not exceed the amount of the principal and interest on

loans referred to in subsection (a) that is paid by the individual

during such year.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 803(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3357; amended Pub. L. 107-135, title I, Sec. 102(c), Jan. 23,

2002, 115 Stat. 2448.)

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AMENDMENTS

2002 - Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 107-135 struck out "for a year"

after "a participant" and substituted "exceed $44,000 over a total

of five years of participation in the Program, of which not more

than $10,000 of such payments may be made in each of the fourth and

fifth years of participation in the Program" for "exceed -

"(A) $6,000 for the first year of the participant's

participation in the Program;

"(B) $8,000 for the second year of the participant's

participation in the Program; and

"(C) $10,000 for the third year of the participant's

participation in the Program".

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 7631 of this title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 7684 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART V - BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES

CHAPTER 76 - HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SUBCHAPTER VII - EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM

-HEAD-

[Sec. 7684. Repealed. Pub. L. 107-135, title I, Sec. 102(a)(1),

Jan. 23, 2002, 115 Stat. 2448]

-MISC1-

Section, added Pub. L. 105-368, title VIII, Sec. 803(a), Nov. 11,

1998, 112 Stat. 3358, provided that the Secretary could not make

education debt reduction payments to individuals who had not

commenced participation in the Education Debt Reduction Program

before Dec. 31, 2001.

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