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Kansas Rural Opportunity Zones

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 95 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:

1. Do you have a College Degree and Outstanding Student Loans?
2. Have You Recently Moved to a ROZ County?

You May Be Eligible for ROZ Student Loan Reimbursement Assistance

 

1. Student Loan Repayment Assistance

• Administered By Kansas Department of Commerce (KDC)

• Partners with Counties, Cities, Employers, and Foundations

• Provides up to $15,000 in Student Loan Repayment Assistance over 5 years

2. 100 % State Income Tax Credit

• Administered By Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR)

• Filed with state taxes; only eligible with online filing on KDOR website

Student Loan Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have a newly established permanent address in a participating county (see map above), so long as that address was established 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.

For questions regarding ROZ applications and eligibility please email KDC_ROZ@ks.gov for the quickest response.

Application Period

Applications are open for Gold and Blue Counties Applications close Sept. 30th, 2022

ROZ Employer-Foundation Sponsorship Form

ROZ Sponsors may confirm their ROZ Sponsorship here, you will need the applicants ROZ ID number.

Sponsor Match Digital Payment

ROZ Sponsors may submit their annual matching funds here via electronic transfer or electronic check once they have received their invoice

*A 2.5% service fee will be applied to online Credit and Debit Card payments (2.5% of the total charge) 
**A $1.50 service fee will be applied to online ACH payments 

Additional Resources

1099-G Information
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2022 ROZ City Resolution Template
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2022 ROZ County Resolution Template
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ROZ Program Evaluation and Recommendations
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ROZ Sponsor Information 2021
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ROZ Applicant 2021 FAQs
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ROZ County-City Sponsor 2021 FAQs
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ROZ Employer-Foundation Sponsor 2021 FAQs
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CONTACT

Rural Opportunity Zones, General Inquires

KDC_ROZ@ks.gov