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Georgia State Code
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Title 20, Chapter 3, Section 295 (20-3-295)

(a) As used in this Code section, the term:

(1) "Agency" means the Georgia Higher Education Assistance Corporation created in Code Section 20-3-263 which is responsible for administering a program of guaranteed educational loans to eligible students and eligible parents known as the Georgia Higher Education Loan Program.

(2) "Applicant" means any person applying for issuance or renewal of a license.

(3) "Borrower" means an individual who borrowed a guaranteed educational loan under the Georgia Higher Education Loan Program.

(4) "Certified list" means a list provided by the agency of the names of borrowers who default on guaranteed educational loans made under the Georgia Higher Education Loan Program and are not in a satisfactory repayment status; provided, however, the term default shall not include any obligation which is restructured or which is discharged under hardship provisions under the Federal Bankruptcy Code.

(5) "Default" means default as defined by federal law under the Higher Education Act of 1965.

(6) "License" means a certificate, permit, registration, or any other authorization issued by any licensing entity that allows a person to engage in a profession, business, or occupation.

(7) "Licensee" means any person holding a license.

(8) "Licensing entity" means any state agency, department, or board of this state which issues or renews any license, certificate, permit, or registration to authorize a person to engage in a profession, business, or occupation, including those under Article 3 of Chapter 7 of Title 2, the "Georgia Pesticide Use and Application Act of 1976"; Article 13 of Chapter 1 of Title 7, relating to mortgage lenders and mortgage brokers; Chapter 5 of Title 10, the "Georgia Securities Act of 1973," relating to securities salespersons and investment adviser representatives; Part 2 of Article 1 of Chapter 6 of Title 12, relating to foresters; Chapter 4 of Title 26, relating to pharmacists; Chapter 23 of Title 33, relating to insurance agents, counselors, and other personnel; Chapter 1 of Title 43, relating to professions and businesses; Chapter 39A of Title 43, relating to real estate appraisers; or Chapter 40 of Title 43, relating to real estate brokers and salespersons.

(9) "Satisfactory repayment status" means the borrower has agreed to repay the defaulted loan to the agency and has made a payment in the most recent prior 60 days.

(b) The agency shall maintain a state-wide certified list of borrowers in default who have not made satisfactory arrangements to ensure voluntary repayment. The certified list must be updated on a monthly basis. The agency shall submit to each licensing entity a certified list with the name, social security number, if known, date of birth, and last known address of each person on the list. (c) On or before January 1, 1999, all licensing entities shall implement procedures to accept and process the list provided by the agency in accordance with this Code section. Such procedures should be substantially similar if not identical to those implemented to comply with Code Section 19-11-9.3.

(d) Promptly after receiving the certified list from the agency, all licensing entities shall determine whether an applicant or licensee is on the most recent certified list. If an applicant or licensee is on the certified list, the licensing entity shall immediately notify the agency. That notification shall include the applicant's or licensee's last known mailing address on file with the licensing entity.

(e) After receiving notice from the licensing entity of applicants or licensees who are on the certified list, the agency shall immediately notify those individuals as specified in subsection (f) of this Code section of the agency's intent to request that all pertinent licensing entities suspend all licenses or withhold issuance or renewal of any license.

(f) Notice for purposes of this Code section shall be initiated by the agency. Notice to the borrower in default shall include the address and telephone number of the agency and shall inform the borrower in default of the agency's intent to submit the borrower's name to the relevant licensing entities and to request that the relevant licensing entities withhold issuance or renewal of the license or suspend the license. The notice must also inform the borrower in default of the following:

(1) The borrower in default has 20 days from the date of mailing to enter into a satisfactory repayment status. If the borrower in default fails to enter into a satisfactory repayment status or does not respond within that time, the agency will send notice to the appropriate licensing entities and request that the licenses be suspended or the licensure applications be denied;

(2) The borrower in default may request an administrative hearing and judicial review of that hearing under subsection (g) of this Code section. A request for a hearing must be made in writing and must be received by the agency within 20 days of service of notice; and

(3) If the borrower in default requests a hearing within 20 days of service, the agency shall stay all action pending the hearing and any appeals.

(g) All borrowers in default subject to the sanctions imposed in this Code section shall have the right to a hearing before an administrative law judge of the Office of State Administrative Hearings pursuant to Article 2 of Chapter 13 of Title 50. A borrower in default who requests a hearing within the time prescribed in subsection (f) of this Code section shall have the right to a hearing. The hearing shall be conducted as provided in Article 2 of Chapter 13 of Title 50 within 45 days after such demand is received. The only issues at the hearing will be whether:

(1) There is an outstanding guaranteed educational loan;

(2) The licensee or applicant is the borrower named in the loan; (3) The borrower is or is not in default;

(4) The borrower has entered into a satisfactory repayment status;

(5) The loan obligation is not enforceable; and

(6) The loan has been restructured or the loan has been discharged under hardship provisions under the Federal Bankruptcy Code.

With respect to the issues listed in this subsection, evidence relating to the ability and willingness of a borrower to repay the loan shall be considered in making the decision either to suspend a license or deny the issuance or renewal of a license under this Code section. The administrative law judge shall be authorized to enter into an agreement or enter an order requiring periodic payments, and, in each event, the administrative law judge shall be authorized to issue a release for the borrower to obtain each license or licenses.

(h) The decision at the hearing shall be subject to appeal and judicial review pursuant to Article 2 of Chapter 13 of Title 50 but only as to those issues referred to in subsection (g) of this Code section. Notwithstanding any hearing requirements for suspension and denials within each licensing entity, the hearing and appeal procedures outlined in this Code section shall be the only hearing required to suspend a license or deny the issuance or renewal of a license under this Code section.

(i) The agency shall prescribe release forms for its use. When the borrower is determined to be in satisfactory repayment status or is determined to be not in satisfactory repayment status but has been determined in a hearing pursuant to subsection (g) of this Code section to be unable to comply with the terms of the loan agreement or to be not willfully out of compliance with such loan agreement, the agency shall mail to the borrower in default and the appropriate licensing entity a notice of release stating such determination. The receipt of a notice of release shall serve to notify the borrower in default and the licensing entity that, for the purpose of this Code section, he or she is in satisfactory repayment status, and the licensing entity shall promptly thereafter issue or reinstate the license, unless the agency, pursuant to subsection (b) of this Code section, certifies subsequent to the issuance of a notice of release that the borrower in default is once again not in satisfactory repayment status.

(j) The agency may enter into interagency agreements with state agencies that have responsibility for the administration of licensing entities as necessary to implement this Code section. Those agreements shall provide for the receipt by other state agencies and boards of federal funds to cover that portion of costs allowable under federal law and regulation and incurred by state agencies and boards in implementing this Code section.

(k) Any licensing entity receiving an inquiry as to the license status of an applicant who has had an application for issuance or renewal of a license denied under this Code section shall respond only that the license was suspended or the licensure application was denied pursuant to this Code section.

(l) The agency shall, and the licensing entities as appropriate may, adopt regulations necessary to implement this Code section.

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