Archive for Wednesday, December 21, 2011

3 Kansas counties join rural tuition program

December 21, 2011


— Three more Kansas counties have enrolled to participate in a new program that aims to attract new residents to rural areas by offering to repay college tuition debts.

The Kansas Department of Commerce said that Chautauqua, Gove and Pawnee counties had joined the state's rural opportunity zone program aimed at slowing or reversing the rate of population decline in the counties. To date, 43 of 50 eligible counties are participating.

Counties participating in the program agree to partner with the state to offer student loan reimbursements of up to $3,000 a year for five years to new college graduates. The department said there were 158 applications from across the country for the program.

The rural program also includes a five-year income tax abatement for qualified new residents.


yourworstnightmare 3 years, 11 months ago

Why do we need this social engineering? If the free market favored rural areas, then people would live there.

Why do we need this social engineering to entice people to live in rural areas, against the will of the free market?

riverdrifter 3 years, 11 months ago

Gove county? I guess you could apply to be caretaker for Castle Rock. I guess these counties put in for this hoping at attract teachers for their school districts. Mighty slim pickings out there, career-wise.

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