The National Health Service Corps, part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, offers loan repayment assistance to support qualified health care providers who choose to bring their skills to underserved communities in the U.S. and its territories.
The NHSC Loan Repayment program provides loan repayment assistance to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who serve in communities with limited access to health care. There are both full-time and half-time options for service commitment. The dollar amount of assistance and length of service depend on participation in either the full- or half-time and on the need on the Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) score of the site.
The Program is currently accepting applications for FY2014 Loan Repayment Program awards. This program is open to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who are employed or seeking employment at approved sites. Awardees receive up to $50,000 in exchange for two years of service if they practice in a HPSA of 14 and above (Tier I). Awardees can also receive up to $30,000 in exchange for two years of service if they practice in a HPSA of 13 and below. In FY2013, all of the NHSC’s loan repayment awards were made to providers located in a Tier 1 HPSA.
There were a total of 4,505 awards made (2,106 new and 2,399 continuations) totaling $169.7 million.
The application deadline is March 14, 2014.