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Rural Communities Health Care Investment Program (RCHIP)

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Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas State Office of Rural Health
Apr 24, 2024

The Rural Communities Health Care Investment Program (RCHIP) offers student loan reimbursements or stipend payments to assist rural communities in recruiting non-physician healthcare professionals who agree to serve in a medically underserved community of Texas. Recipients must agree to practice full-time for a minimum of 1 year at an eligible site.


Applicants must hold a current, valid Texas license to practice in a healthcare field, other than MD or DO. Eligible applicants are licensed non-physician clinical health professionals who:

  1. Are newly licensed or received a license within the preceding 24 months and began practicing full time in a qualifying community after receiving the license, or
  2. Have been licensed and practicing in a county with a population of 150,000 or more and will relocate or have relocated to practice in a qualifying community within a 12-month period prior to the application deadline

A medically underserved community for the purposes of this program refers to a community that is located in a Texas county with a population of 50,000 or less and has been designated under state or federal law as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or a Medically Underserved Area (MUA).

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to $10,000 for partial student loan reimbursement or as a stipend payment for health professionals without a student loan balance.

Application process

A link to the online application form is available on the program website.

Tagged as
Allied health · Behavioral health workforce · Community health workers · Dental workforce · Emergency medical technicians and paramedics · Health aides and assistants · Health information technology workforce · Health occupations · Health workforce · Loans, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness for health careers · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Nurses · Pharmacy workforce · Physician assistants · Recruitment and retention of health professionals · Texas

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