Kansas Rural Opportunity Zones

Rural Kansas is full of opportunities.

CONTACT

Rachéll Rowand, Program Manager

(785)-207-4755

Rachell.Rowand@ks.gov

Kansas is filled with the natural beauty, simplicity and communal bonds of rural life. We want you to experience the peace and joy of rural Kansas so much that we’ll even throw in some added bonuses. 

The state of Kansas has designated 77 counties as “Rural Opportunity Zones,” which means moving there comes with significant added benefits. Designated counties offer one or both of the following financial incentives for new full-time residents:

  • State income tax waivers for up to five (5) years
  • Student loan repayments of up to $15,000 over a period of five (5) years

Kansas ROZ Counties

Who Qualifies

  • Individuals currently living outside a Rural Opportunity Zone 
  • Professionals willing to practice in rural communities

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have a permanent address in a participating county (see map above), so long as that address was established on or after July 1, 2011, or after the county began participating in the program. 
  • Applicants must have an active student loan balance in their name, as well as an associate’s, bachelor’s or post-graduate degree prior to moving to the participating county.
  • To apply, you will need to provide proof of domicile in the ROZ County, proof of previous permanent residency (prior to earning your degree), transcripts with degree dates and student loan balance with distribution dates.

In order to receive funding, you will need a sponsor. Employer and Foundation Sponsors can fill out the sponsorship form here.

Application Period

Applications for ROZ Student Loan Repayment are open from Jan. 1-Sept. 30 every calendar year.

ROZ Applications are closed for the 2020 Calendar Year

Attestation Form

Submit your annual proof of continued ROZ domicile

Additional Resources

ROZ Program Evaluation and Recommendations
Download
Rural Opportunity Zone Participant Agreement
Download
Sponsor Confirmation Form
View
Sponsor Guidelines
Download

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