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Minnesota Rural Mental Health Professional Loan Forgiveness 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.

Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Jan 3, 2019

Brenda Flattum


The Rural Mental Health Professional Loan Forgiveness Program provides funds for repayment of qualified educational loans for licensed mental health professionals who agree to practice in a designated rural area of Minnesota.

A designated rural area is defined as a city or township that is outside the 7-county Minneapolis/ St. Paul metropolitan area, excluding the cities of Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester, and St. Cloud.


Licensed mental health professionals, including:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioners
  • Independent clinical social workers (LICSW)
  • Marriage and family therapists (LMFT)
  • Licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC)
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to $12,000 per year with a maximum of $48,000 is available for psychologists.

Up to $7,000 per year with a maximum of $28,000 is available for LICSW, LMFT, and LPCC.

Application process

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

Submit the completed application by email to

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Loans, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness for health careers · Minnesota

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