The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions helps ministers repay educational debt through Minister Educational Debt Assistance Grants.
Minister Educational Debt Assistance Grants make it easier for ministers to accept a wide range of positions and wholly commit their best gifts to ministry.
To qualify, you must
*If the minister also receives a grant through Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations, the combined grants may not exceed $25,000. Participation in the two debt relief programs may not be concurrent.
**Adjusted gross income is the total income you and your spouse report on federal tax form 1040 that's subject to income tax. It may include earnings from your and your spouse's job, self-employment, alimony income, and interest from a bank account — minus specific deductions, such as housing allowance, or adjustments, you're eligible to take.
$5,000 per year, for up to five years. Total awards may not exceed $25,000 over five years.
The funds available and number of grants awarded each year are limited. Awards are at the discretion of the Board of Pensions. The Board considers your financial means, the nature and amount of your debt, and other factors, as appropriate.
The Board's contribution of $5,000 a year for five years or until your debt is eliminated, whichever comes first, is contingent upon your paying your loan servicer a specified amount monthly — and your receiving student loan debt coaching from PeopleJoy, a financial wellness/educational debt reduction firm with which the Board has partnered.
The amount you must commit to pay is based on your effective salary and the amount of your educational debt, as shown below:
|Grant recipient education debt repayment commitment |
|Effective salary||Debt up to $28,000|
You pay the lesser of:
|Debt > $28,000|
|< $40,000||3% or MMP*||MMP|
|$40,000-$49,999||4% or MMP||MMP|
|$50,000-$59,999||5% or MMP||MMP|
|$60,000-$69,999||6% or MMP||MMP|
|$70,000-$79,999||7% or MMP||MMP|
|> $80,000||not eligible||not eligible|
|*MMP = minimum monthly payment |
Participant contributions will be verified.
Call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) and ask for the Assistance team.