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HQPR 3000.1
Effective Date: May 24, 2016
Expiration Date: May 24, 2021
Responsible Office: LM4
Student Loan Repayment Program Plan
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Table of Contents | Preface | Chapter1 | Chapter2 | Chapter3 | Chapter4 | Chapter5 | Chapter6 | Chapter7 | Chapter8 | Chapter9 | AppendixA | AppendixB | AppendixC | AppendixD

Chapter 7. Service Agreement

7.1 Before any loan repayment is made, the employee will sign a written agreement to serve a minimum of 3 years with the employing agency, regardless of the amount of repayment authorized. This 3-year period will begin when the first payment is made to the holder of the loan. Any further repayment made after the initial agreement has been completed will extend the service agreement by 1 additional year for each additional payment made. (See Service Agreement - Attachment 1)

7.2 The service agreement in no way constitutes a right, promise, or entitlement to continued employment or noncompetitive conversion to the competitive service, nor does it limit management's right to take corrective or disciplinary actions as otherwise appropriate.

7.3 Voluntary separation from NASA, unacceptable levels of performance, disciplinary actions, or violation of the service agreement will result in loss of eligibility for loan repayment benefits. Incompletion of the service agreement time will require reimbursement to NASA for the entire amount of any student loan repayment benefits received.

7.4 An employee who leaves the agency voluntarily or because of performance or misconduct, and fails to complete the agreed-upon period of service will refund the full amount of benefits received during the initial 3-year period. Employees who fail to complete the period of service under a 1-year extension (e.g., 4th year, 5th year), will repay the amount of the benefits received in the extension year only. If an employee fails to reimburse NASA, the amount outstanding will be recovered from the employee under established debt collection procedures.

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