Eligibility for the Behavioral Health Professions SCL Program
To be eligible for a Behavioral Health Professions Service Cancelable Loan a student must:
- Meet U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
- Be a legal resident of Georgia 12 months prior to receiving aid;
- Be enrolled at an eligible USG or eligible private postsecondary institution;
- Be enrolled in an approved Behavioral Health advanced degree program at an eligible postsecondary institution. Approved list of degrees can be found on the Eligible Colleges and Degrees tab.
- Intend to:
- Graduate from the eligible advanced degree;
- Earn the applicable licensure or credential;
- Be employed or practicing full time in Georgia in an eligible Behavioral Health profession and providing mental or substance abuse assistance, counseling, or treatment to Georgia residents.
- Males must meet federal Selective Service registration requirements, per Georgia state law. The requirement to register applies to males who were born on or after January 1, 1960, are at least 18, are citizens or eligible non-citizens who came to the United States prior to age 26;
- Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990, O.C.G.A. §20-1-20, et seq;
- Meet the Eligible Postsecondary Institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy for advanced degree programs;
- Not be in default or owe a refund on a loan previously obtained under any State of Georgia or federal program for attendance at any postsecondary educational institution.