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Definitions. (Expires July 1, 2029.)

The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) "Council" means the Washington student achievement council.
(2) "Financial institution" has the same meaning as in RCW 7.88.010.
(3) "Interest rate buy down incentive" means the use of state funds to enable qualified borrowers to receive below market rate interest rates for the purposes of this chapter.
(4) "Loan loss reserve coverage" means partial risk coverage to financial institutions to cover losses on qualified loans according to the terms set forth in the contract between the agency and the financial institution for the purposes of this chapter.
(5) "Program" means the Washington student loan refinancing program.
(6) "Qualified borrower" means an individual meeting all of the following requirements:
(a) Resident of the state of Washington;
(b) Is enrolled in, or has completed, a certificate, associate's, bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree program; and
(c) Other criteria as deemed appropriate by the council.
(7) "Qualified loan" means a loan or a portion of a loan made by a financial institution to a qualified borrower to refinance an existing student loan under the program. Only a federal direct PLUS loan or a private student loan determined by the financial institution to be an educational loan that is nondischargeable in bankruptcy as set forth in 11 U.S.C. Sec. 523 as it existed on January 14, 2019, shall be a qualified loan eligible for refinancing. A qualified loan made under the program shall:
(a) Carry a contractual interest rate at least one-quarter of one percentage point lower than the loan being refinanced, and may be made with the interest rates, fees, and other terms and conditions agreed upon by the financial institution and the qualified borrower; and
(b) Specify that a qualified borrower's obligation under a qualified loan must be discharged if the qualified borrower dies, based on the following:
(i) An original or certified copy of the qualified borrower's death certificate;
(ii) An accurate and complete photocopy of the original or certified copy of the qualified borrower's death certificate;
(iii) An accurate and complete original or certified copy of the qualified borrower's death certificate that is scanned and submitted electronically or sent by facsimile transmission; or
(iv) Verification of the qualified borrower's death through an authoritative federal or state electronic database approved for use by the council.
(8) This section expires July 1, 2029.

NOTES:

FindingsIntent2019 c 406: See note following RCW 43.79.195.
FindingsShort title2019 c 406: See notes following RCW 28B.92.200.
Findings2019 c 406: See note following RCW 28B.94.020.
FindingsIntent2019 c 406: See note following RCW 28C.30.050.
FindingsIntent2019 c 406: See note following RCW 43.216.135.
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