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Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Kentucky Office of Rural Health
Sep 30, 2023

Janice Vance


The Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program (KSLRP) is a 50/50 matching program that provides loan repayment for qualified educational loans incurred by primary care health professionals. In return, the professionals make a 2 year commitment to practice full-time for an eligible sponsoring organization in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).


Applicants must currently provide or have signed a contract to provide primary care services to rural and/or underserved populations in Kentucky.

Eligible applicants will have a Kentucky license to practice in one of the following professions:

  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Registered Nurse
  • Dentist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Pharmacist
  • Behavioral Health Providers, including alcohol and substance use disorder counselors

Eligible practice sites include:

  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • FQHC Look-A-Likes
  • Certified Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
  • Correctional or detention centers, including federal prisons and state prisons
  • Private practices
  • Other health facilities, including:
    • State and community mental health facilities
    • State and county health department clinics
    • Free clinics
    • Mobile units
    • Critical Access Hospitals affiliated with a qualified outpatient clinic
    • ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC)
    • School-based programs
    • Long-term care facilities
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Participants are awarded funding in a tiered format, based on provider type, level of loan indebtedness, and sponsor commitment level. Maximum award amounts for a 2-year commitment are:

  • Physicians, dentists, and pharmacists: $100,000
  • PAs, NPs, CNMs, behavioral and mental health specialists: $60,000
  • RNs, RDHs, alcohol and substance use disorder counselors: $40,000

Funding is a one-to-one (1:1) match with half of the funding provided through the Kentucky Office of Rural Health and the other half provided by the applicant's sponsor. Examples of sponsors include, but are not limited to, employers, foundations, community coalitions, and state appropriations.

Application process

Additional guidance, application instructions, and application forms are available on the program website.

Email completed applications in a single PDF file to

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Dental workforce · Loans, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness for health careers · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Nurses · Oral health · Pharmacy workforce · Physician assistants · Physicians · Primary care · Substance use and misuse · Kentucky

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