The Maryland Higher Education Commission is accepting applications from teachers, nurses and others for the Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program. The program grants up to $7,500 annually in student loan repayments to full-time teachers and nurses who have graduated from a Maryland college. Teachers must make $50,000 or less per year and teach at a low-income school to qualify. All special education and computer science teachers are eligible. Nurses must work 35 hours per week at a licensed hospital, public health agency, nursing home, home health agency or adult day-care center.

The program also offers loan repayment to some lawyers, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, speech pathologists and physician assistants.

Applications must be received by the Maryland Higher Education Commission by Sept. 30. For more information or to receive an application, call 410-260-4511 or visit www.mhec.state.md.us.

Anne Arundel Community College is giving its nursing students the chance to earn a bachelor's degree through Villa Julie College's RN to BS degree program. This fall students can take several Villa Julie College courses at Anne Arundel Community College. After receiving their associate's degree, students can transfer up to 70 general education credits to Villa Julie College's bachelor's degree program. For more information, call Villa Julie College at 443-334-2762.

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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