Rural Opportunity Zones

There's something special about life in rural Kansas. Something authentic, something that makes it the ideal place to live, to work, and raise a family.

Thanks to the Kansas Rural Opportunity Zones program, there's never been a better time than now to make rural Kansas your new home!

If you're looking for lower cost of living, better quality of life, and help repaying your student loans; Kansas is the best choice.

Rural Opportunity Zones are 77 counties that have been authorized to offer one or both of the following financial incentives to new full-time residents:

     • Kansas state income tax waivers for up to five years
     • Student loan repayments up to $15,000 over 5 years

Click on map to view ROZ counties

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Who's Eligible?

To be eligible for Student Loan Repayments, individuals must:

  • Establish domicile* in a ROZ County after July 1, 2011 and on or after the date on which the County opts-in to the student loan program
  • Hold an associate's, bachelor's or post-graduate degree prior to moving to the ROZ County
  • Have an outstanding student loan balance in applicant’s name
  • Ability to provide proof of: residency at current and previous addresses, Degree, and student loan balance with distribution dates

Applications for Student Loan Repayment are accepted from Jan. 1st through Sept. 30th.

How to Get Started With Student Loan Repayment.

Fill out the Student Loan Repayment Application

See frequently asked questions of accepted applicants here.

See frequently asked questions of applicants who are on a wait list here.

Access W-9 form here.

Download the ROZ Confirmation of Payment Agreement form here.  

To be eligible for Kansas Income Tax Waivers, individuals must have:

  • established domicile in a ROZ county on or after the date the county became part of the program (Please note that these dates vary by county. To learn what dates specific counties became eligible for the income tax waivers, please visit our FAQs page).
  • lived outside Kansas for five or more years immediately prior to establishing domicile in a ROZ county 
  • earned less than $10,000 in Kansas Source Income in each of the five years immediately prior to establishing domicile in a ROZ county

The Department of Commerce does not manage the State Income Tax Exemption, for more information about the State Income Tax Exemption, click here or contact: 
     Kansas Department of Revenue
     Office of Policy and Research
     (785) 296-3081

Contact Us

  1. Program Questions
    Rachéll Rowand
    Rural Opportunity Zones
    Program Manager

    (785) 296-3345

    Student Loan Repayment Application Questions
    Karen Farrell
    Program Consultant
    (785) 368-6643

    Student Loan Repayment Payment Questions
    Heather Pierson
    Administrative Assistant
    (785) 296-5298

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    State Income Tax Waiver Program
    Administered by the Kansas Department of Revenue

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    Kathleen Smith
    (785) 296-3081
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