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Indian Health Service 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.

Indian Health Service
Aug 15, 2017


An email contact form is available on the program website.


The Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program (LRP) offers to repay educational loans for eligible health professionals in order to meet the staffing needs of the Indian Health Service (IHS) in Indian health programs. Applicants sign contractual agreements for 2 years of service in a full-time clinical practice at an IHS facility or approved Indian health program.

Opportunities are based on staffing needs and the availability of funds. Distribution of LRP awards are based on a ranking system created to address these needs. IHS identifies hiring priorities for Indian health program facilities with the greatest staffing needs in specific health profession disciplines.

Successful applicants must begin their service obligation no later than September 30 of the fiscal year in which they receive an LRP award.


Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a health profession degree or be in the final year of academic/ post-graduate clinical training
  • Have a valid license to practice (Health profession students in their final year of study are eligible to apply before obtaining a license, but must be licensed prior to receiving the award.)
  • Be committed to practice at an Indian health facility
  • Be able to begin service on or before September 30 for 2 continuous years of full-time clinical practice

A list of eligible professions is available on the program website.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to $40,000 in exchange for 2 years of service.

Service contracts may be extended for as long as there are outstanding qualified loans.

Application process

Links to additional guidance and the online application are available on the program website.

Applications are accepted until the deadline or until funds are exhausted.

An award recipient may request a contract extension in the final calendar year of the service contract as long as there are outstanding qualified loans. Extension requests submitted before January 1 will receive priority consideration.

Tagged as
American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Dental workforce · Health information technology workforce · Healthcare 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

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