|(a) To qualify for any deferments, the scholar must notify the board of his or her claim to a deferment and submit written proof acceptable to the board that he or she is: (1) engaged in a full-time course of study at an institution of higher education, as defined in §1201(a) of the HEA; (2) serving, not in excess of three years, on active duty as a member of Vista, the Peace Corps, or a member of the armed services of the United States; (3) temporarily totally disabled, for a period not to exceed three years, as established by a sworn affidavit of a qualified physician; (4) unable to secure employment for a period not to exceed 12 months by reason of the care required by a disabled child, spouse, or parent; (5) seeking and unable to find full-time employment for a single period not to exceed 12 months; (6) seeking and unable to find full-time
employment as a teacher in a public or private nonprofit preschool, elementary, or secondary school and unable to satisfy the terms of the repayment schedule. This deferment is limited to a single period not to exceed 27 months. (b) The board shall extend the 10-year loan repayment period by a period equal to the length of any deferment granted by the board. If the scholar proves his or her financial hardship to the board's satisfaction, then the board may extend the 10-year loan repayment period for a period as determined by the board. (c) During the time a scholar qualifies for any of the deferments in subsection (a) of this section, he or she need not make scholarship payments.