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Nebraska Loan Repayment Program for Rural Health Professionals

Nebraska Office of Rural Health
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Tom Rauner


Nebraska Loan Repayment Program for Rural Health Professionals offers loan repayment assistance to certain healthcare professionals who agree to practice for a minimum of 3 years in a state-designated shortage area of Nebraska.


To be eligible, students must be Nebraska residents, have a non-provisional license, and not be in residency training. Eligible professions include:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Dentists (general, pediatric, or oral surgery)
  • Licensed mental health practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists

Physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants practice specialties include family practice, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery, and psychiatry.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, master's level mental health professionals, pharmacists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists may receive up to $30,000 per year.

Physicians, dentists, and clinical psychologists may receive up to $60,000 per year.

The local entity must agree to provide a 50% match per year.

The actual amount awarded will depend on the health practitioner's student loans, the local entity’s local match, and the availability of state funds.

Application process

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

The program requires a match from a community participant. The community participation application from the local entity must be submitted in addition with the provider application and documentation.

Mail completed applications to:

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Rural Health
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026

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

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