The change allows a break in Perkins teacher cancelation service due to a condition covered by the FMLA, as is currently provided for in the FFEL and DL teacher forgiveness regulations. The regulation also allow for a break in service in the other Perkins cancelation categories due to a condition covered by the FMLA.
Teacher Cancelations: Under the new rule if a borrower is unable to complete an academic year of eligible teaching service due to a condition that is covered under FMLA, the period of qualifying FMLA condition does not constitute a break in teaching service if –
The borrower completes one half of the academic year; the borrower’s employer considers the borrower to have fulfilled his/her contract requirement for the academic year; and the borrower resumes eligible teaching service no later than the beginning of the next regularly scheduled academic year.
For cancelations in all other public service fields, the change states that: if the borrower is unable to complete a year of eligible service due to a condition that is covered under the FMLA, the period of the qualifying FMLA condition does not constitute a break in the required year of eligible service if the borrower completes at least 6 consecutive months of eligible service; and the borrower resumes eligible service no later than six months from the beginning date of the period of the qualifying FMLA condition.