136A.17 Provisions for federal programs.
Subdivision 1. Eligibility. A student is eligible to apply for a loan under sections 136A.15 to 136A.1702 if the office finds that the student is an eligible student as defined in those sections and is eligible for a loan under federal laws and regulations governing the federal guaranteed student loan programs.
Subd. 2. Compliance. The student loan programs shall be administered in compliance with title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Subd. 3. Terms and conditions of loans. The office may loan money upon such terms and conditions as the office may prescribe and it may acquire student loans from other lenders to facilitate the student loan programs provided for in this section.
Subd. 4. Maximum loans for students. No loan shall be made in excess of the maximum provided by pertinent federal laws and regulations. The aggregate unpaid principal amount of loans to any individual student shall not exceed the maximum provided in pertinent federal laws and regulations.
Subd. 5. Vocational study. The office may make loans for vocational study to an individual student for a maximum of three academic years or their equivalent and loans for higher education to an individual student for a maximum of eight academic years of study or their equivalent.
Subd. 6. Maximum rate of interest. No loans made by the office shall be made at an annual rate of interest in excess of the maximum prescribed in the National Vocational Student Loan Insurance Act of 1965 and the Higher Education Act of 1965, and any amendments thereof.
Subd. 7. Student's family income. The benefits of the loan programs will not be denied any student because of the student's family income or lack of need if the student's adjusted annual family income at the time the note is executed is less than the maximum prescribed in the applicable federal regulations.
Subd. 8. Repayment of loans. The repayment procedures applicable for loans made by the office shall be consistent with federal regulations governing interest payments under the National Vocational Student Loan Insurance Act of 1965 and the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Subd. 9. Office powers. The office may take, hold, and administer for any of its purposes, real property, personal property and moneys, or any interest therein, and the income therefrom, either absolutely or in trust, for any purposes of the office. The office may acquire property or moneys for such purposes by purchase or lease and by the acceptance of gifts, grants, bequests, devises or loans; and may enter into contracts with other nonprofit corporations or institutions with the same or similar purposes as will benefit and improve the operation of the office and its loan programs.
Subd. 10. Variable repayment. The office may establish variable repayment schedules consistent with the need and anticipated income streams of borrowers. The repayment schedules shall not violate the federal laws and regulations governing federal guaranteed student loan programs.
Subd. 11. Prohibition on use of state money. No moneys originating from state sources in the state treasury shall be made available for student loans and all student loans shall be made from moneys originating from nonstate sources.