Army Civilian Acquisition Student Loan Repayment Program

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“FY22 SLRP open announcement for new applications will be from October 4, 2021 to November 18, 2021.”

 

 

The Army Civilian Acquisition Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is administered by the U.S. Army DACM Office, Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) for civilian Army Acquisition Workforce members only.

Description:

The SLRP is an annually funded program under the authority of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Account (DAWDA), Section 852, Article 1705, Public Law 110-181. This annual program is centrally controlled and announced by the Army DACM office within the USAASC. The purpose of this program is to repay federally insured student loans as a retention incentive for civilian acquisition employees with critical acquisition skills. Any civilian Army Acquisition Workforce member is eligible to apply, except those no longer in the Army Acquisition workforce; however, the criteria for selection is based on several key factors: hard to fill and retain acquisition career fields; federal years of service, necessary acquisition educational disciplines, acquisition degree level completion, and the first level supervisor endorsement. These factors are evaluated annually and are all based on attrition analysis and trends. The opening of the SLRP application period may vary from year to year, so be sure to check this web page for the SLRP open window for new application submissions each year.

Criteria/Eligibility:

Civilian Army Acquisition Workforce members are eligible, except those no longer in the Army Acquisition Workforce to apply under the following criteria:

  1. Permanent or term (with at least 3 years left in term position) Army Acquisition Workforce member
  2. Must be certified or within certification grace period for your career field
  3. Must have a federally insured student loan

Loans eligible for payment are those made, insured, or guaranteed under parts B, D, or E of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 or a health education assistance loan made or insured under part A of title VII or part E of title VIII of the Public Health Service Act.

Loans made or insured under the Higher Education Act of 1965 include the following:

  • Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL)
    • Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
    • Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
    • Federal PLUS Loan
      (The parent must be in an acquisition coded position-name on the loan from a federal lending institution and making payments on a current outstanding balance for children only.  Not for a spouse or private student loans.)
    • Federal Consolidation Loans
  • William D. Ford Direct Loan Program (Direct Loans)
    • Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
    • Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
    • Direct PLUS Loans
      (The parent must be in an acquisition coded position-name on the loan from a federal lending institution and making payments on a current outstanding balance for children only.  Not for a spouse or private student loans.)
    • Direct Subsidized Consolidation Loans
    • Direct Unsubsidized Consolidation Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loan Program
    • National Defense Student Loans (made before July 1, 1972)
    • National Direct Student Loans (made between July 1, 1972, and July 1, 1987)
    • Perkins Loans (made after July 1, 1987)
  • Loans made or insured under the Public Health Service Act include the following:
    • Loans for Disadvantaged Students (LDS)
    • Primary Care Loans (PCL)
    • Nursing Student Loans (NSL)
    • Health Professions Student Loans (HPSL)
    • Health Education Assistance Loans (HEAL)

Limitations:

Although the student loan is not forgiven, if selected, payments will be made to the loan holder in a lump sum payment of up to a maximum of $10,000 for an employee in a calendar year. You must apply to the civilian Army DACM Office SLRP each year and if selected, a new Continued Service Agreement (CSA) must be completed. Being accepted into the program one year does not guarantee acceptance in subsequent years. NOTE: If you are currently receiving federal student loan repayment funding from your organization (or any other organization), by Federal law, the employee can only receive $10,000 per calendar year towards student loan repayment. As long as you are not receiving $10,000 per calendar year from your organization or another organization, you may apply to the civilian Army DACM Office SLRP for the difference between $10,000 and what you are currently receiving.

Although applicants can apply for the civilian Army DACM Office SLRP funding up to the maximum of $10,000, the amount approved can differ, based upon availability of funding.

Continued Service Agreement:

An employee receiving the civilian Army DACM Office SLRP benefit must:

  • Complete and sign a new CSA to remain within the Department of the Army, Acquisition Workforce position of the paying agency for a period of three years, including other requirements for participation in the SLRP.  The CSA will be completed with the designated command HR POC upon acceptance in the SLRP, with a copy retained by the approved SLRP recipient and the designated command HR POC.
  • Reimburse the paying agency for all benefits received if he or she is separated voluntarily or separated involuntarily for misconduct, unacceptable performance, or a negative suitability determination under 5 CFR part 731.
  • Reimburse the paying agency for all benefits received if he or she declines the SLRP once funding is provided and payments have started.
  • Maintain an acceptable level of performance in order to continue to receive SLRP funding.

Recent CSA changes:

  1. Payment Method: Lump sum only
  2. Tax withholding for lump sum payments: DFAS will deduct the appropriate amount of taxes from the approved student loan repayment benefit before the balance is issued as a loan repayment to the holder of the loan.
  3. Approving Official (designated command HR POCs) signature REQUIRED on all CSAs by DFAS.

Application Process:

The application process is completed online in CAPPMIS (Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System) in AAPDS (Army Acquisition Professional Development System). AAPDS is where Army Acquisition civilian workforce members go to submit online applications to the Army DACM Office-sponsored training and education program opportunities.

  • Read the Acceptable Use Policy and click “I understand and accept”
  • Click “Login using CAC”
  • Click on “CAPPMIS” in the upper left hand side of the screen
  • Click on “AAPDS”, second green tab from the right toward the top of your screen
  • Click “Apply” to get a listing of the active events that you may apply for
  • Select the Student Loan Repayment Program and complete the outlined steps.

In addition to the above process, please follow your local Chain of Command/Agency procedures provided by your Organization Acquisition Point of Contact (OAP), when applying for the SLRP.

NOTE:  If you do not have access to CAPPMIS, you may not be a current civilian Army Acquisition Workforce member.  Please submit a Workforce Management Inquiry ticket, https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/apps/wmi/index.cfm?fuseaction=cSubmit.helpRequest and ask your assigned Acquisition Career Manager, how to obtain access to CAPPMIS if you are eligible, but unable to login.

Command budget POCs:

For command budget POCs: How to work SLRP funding:

The approved SLRP funding will be sent directly to the designated command budget POC of the approved SLRP recipient. All approved SLRP recipients will be asked to provide the name and email address of their designated command budget POC.  In order to provide the approved SLRP funding, an established Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) element will need to be created and provided for the list of approved SLRP recipients by the designated command budget POC to the Army DACM Office SLRP PM.  If there are multiple approved SLRP recipients in your organization, only one established WBS element is required to cover all approved SLRP recipients.  Include the approved SLRP recipients’ names and the approved SLRP amount when you provide the established WBS element or Military Departmental Purchase Request (MIPR).  If General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) is not utilized and a MIPR is required, please provide the organization’s Department Of Defense Activity Address Code (DODAAC) of the gaining organization.  Please return the established WBS element or MIPR information to the Army DACM Office SLRP PM, who will review and forward to the Army DACM Office SLRP Budget Analyst for funding disbursement.

NOTE: Loan funding amount cannot exceed the original approved loan amount. Example: original approved amount was $5,000, therefore the requested amount cannot exceed $5,000.

The Army DACM Office will notify the designated command budget and HR POCs of the lump sum payment being disbursed via the established WBS element or MIPR.  Once these funds are provided to the designated command budget POC, it is imperative that these funds are properly executed before the fiscal year expiration date.

NOTE:  If the approved SLRP recipients’ funding is not paid to the lending institution before the fiscal year expiration date, the command may be responsible for those approved SLRP recipients’ funding.

Command HR POCs:

For command HR POCs: How to work SLRP personnel actions:

In order for SLRP approved lump sum funding to begin, a completed and signed CSA and processed SF-50 will need to be submitted to the approved SLRP recipients’ servicing Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), via remedy ticket.  Every organization has a person responsible for submitting remedy tickets to DFAS. The process may be done in AutoNoa, if applicable.

If you do not use AutoNoa, you will need to create a Request for Personnel Action (RPA) using the information on the completed CSA by the approved SLRP recipient, but retained by you and the SLRP recipient.

In the remarks section of the SF-50, please include “The approved SLRP amount is being paid in a lump sum payment”. Deduct the amount of taxes from the student loan repayment benefits before the balance is issued as a loan repayment to the holder of the loan.  Note: The Nature of Action code for block 5a of the RPA is NOAC “817″ (Student Loan Repayment).

If an approved SLRP recipient should consider another position within or outside of the Department of the Army, it is the responsibility of the approved SLRP recipient, SLRP recipient’s supervisor, the designated command budget and/or HR POCs to notify the Army DACM Office SLRP PM before the approved SLRP recipient’s departure for further SLRP instructions and guidance.

Additional information on completing the CSA and processing the SF-50 personnel action of the approved SLRP recipient, will be provided in an email by the Army DACM Office SLRP PM. Each approved SLRP recipient within your command is required to complete and sign a new CSA with you. This CSA is a three year service agreement that will begin when the lump sum payment is made to the lending institution.  Example: Lump sum payment is made in August 2020, service agreement dates should be August 2020 – August 2023 OR if the approved SLRP recipient was approved for the SLRP last year, the new CSA should be for three years, for example, Lump sum payment is made in August 2020, service agreement dates should be August 2020 – August 2023.

NOTE: Process these actions only after the designated command budget POCs have received the funding from the Army DACM Office.

SLRP Program Manager:

Veronica Daniels
Email: veronica.daniels3.civ@mail.mil
703-664-5730 (P)
655-5730 (DSN)

References:

      1. Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.), Chapter 87, Defense Acquisition Workforce, Section 1701-1764, Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) of 1990, as amended.
      2. Title 5, U.S. C., Section 5379, “Student Loan Repayments”, January 3, 2007.
      3. Title 5, U.S. C., Section 2105, “Employee”, January 3, 2007.
      4. Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 537, “Repayment of Student Loans,” January 1, 2007.
      5. DODI 5000.66, “Defense Acquisition Workforce Education, Training, Experience, and Career Development Program,” Sept. 13, 2019.
        https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/500066.PDF?ver=2019-09-13-063647-267.
      6. Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Memorandum, Subject: DOD Student Loan Repayment Program, September 30, 2004.   REF F – DUSD Memorandum
      7. DA Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 Memorandum, Subject: Department of Defense (DoD) Student Loan Repayment Program, March 22, 2005.  REF G – Benefits Memorandum Guidance
      8. Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (AL&T) Memorandum, Subject: Delegation of Authority for the Repayment of Student Loans, July 14, 2004.  REF H and I – Delegations
      9. USAASC Memorandum, Delegation of Authority for the Repayment of Student Loans – ASC Implementation Plan, January 26, 2005.
      10. USAASC Student Loan Repayment Program Application Procedures, October 2008.
      11. Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 1400.25, Volume 537, “DoD Civilian Personnel Management System: Student Loan Repayment,” May 7, 2020. https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/140025_vol537.pdf?ver=2020-05-07-133214-657.
      12. Memorandum, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, July 25, 2019, Subject: Modification to Department of Defense Student Loan Repayment Program.  Mod-DoD-SLRP-memo

Policy:

SLRP Policies – July 31, 2020

Military Loan Repayment Program:

Soldiers and family members looking for the Loan Repayment Program please contact the Human Resources Command Loan Repayment Program at 1-800-872-8272 or email.