NEW YORK, NY - JULY 01:  People walk on the Columbia University campus on July 1, 2013 in New York City. An interest rate hike kicks in today for student loans, an increase for 7 million students. Congress left town at the end of last week failing to prevent rates on new Stafford student loans increasing from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Mario Tama NEW YORK, NY - JULY 01: People walk on the Columbia University campus on July 1, 2013 in New York City. An interest rate hike kicks in today for student loans, an increase for 7 million students. Congress left town at the end of last week failing to prevent rates on new Stafford student loans increasing from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Towns in places like the middle of the country have begun programs meant to attract millennials by offering to tax breaks and student loan repayments in exchange for settling in these areas. Fortune staffer Laura Lorenzetti takes a look at programs like Kansas' Opportunity Zones that offer up to $15,000 in loan repayment.

Apart from paying student debt, other programs offer millennials a chance at affordable home ownership such as this one in Chattanooga, Tenn.:

... a program called “Geek Move” [is] specifically aimed at attracting computer programers to its southern city. The idea is to incentivize talented young technologists to move to the area with money, as much as $11,250 in total. That money isn’t dedicated to student loan payments but can be used for relocation expenses and towards buying a home in the area to help spur on local revitalization.

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