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National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services


The National Health Service Corp (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program’s objective is to increase the supply of primary care physicians, dentists, dental hygientist, behavioral and mental health professionals, certified nurse midwives, primary care nurse practitioners, and physician assistants and, if needed by the National Health Service Corps, other health professionals in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) within the U.S.A and it’s territories by assisting the repayment of qualifying educational loans in return for service to populations located health professional shortage areas identified by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Funding obligations:

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 09 $63,394,077; FY 10 est $77,614,769; FY 11 est $96,666,270

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Awards provide payments of up to $50,000 towards participants' qualified government and commercial health professions undergraduate and graduate education loans during the first 2 years of full time practice or 4 years of half time practice at a selected National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Service Site under a written agreement with this program. For a 3rd and 4th subsequent year, payments of up to $35,000 a year may be made available under a written full time agreement, for a 5th subsequent year payments of up to $25,000 a year may be made available under a written full time agreement, for a 6th subsequent year payments of up to $20,000 a year may be available under a written full time agreement, and for a 7th subsequent year and beyond, payments of up to $15,000 may be available under a full time written agreement. Health professions given priority for selection are those identified by communities.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

New awards range from $5,000 to $50,000, with an average award being $45,383.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Loan repayments for 1 year of obligated service will be made no later than the end of the fiscal year in which the individual completes such year of service. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantee drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is a centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Applicant Eligibility:

Individuals are eligible to apply if they have (1) U.S. citizenship; (2) a health professions degree or are in professional practice (they must hold an unrestricted health professions license from the State in which they will be working, and be eligible for selection for a Federal civil service appointment, or hold an appointment as a commissioned officer in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service); (3) not defaulted on any Federal debt or do not have a court judgment against them; and (4) no existing service obligation.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Primary care, oral health, and mental and behavioral health professions are eligible for the Loan Repayment Program (LRP). Specific specialties within these professions are selected for LRP awards based on community demand for health services.

Award Procedure:

NHSC loan repayment awards are made based on the highest need as determined by descending health professional shortage area scores. Priority will be given to individuals whose training is in a health discipline or specialty determined by the Secretary for Health and Human Services to be needed by the NHSC and who the Secretary determines are committed to service in health professional shortage areas. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Division of Applications and Awards, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-37, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4400

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