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Texas Loan Repayment Program for Mental Health Professionals

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.


Due to the high level of interest in the program in prior years and the graduated payment amounts for each additional year of service, there are not sufficient funds to enroll new program participants during the state fiscal year beginning September 1, 2020.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Jun 30, 2017



The Texas Loan Repayment Program for Mental Health Professionals provides loan repayment assistance for certain mental health professionals practicing in mental health professional shortage areas of Texas.

Participants must agree to provide 5 consecutive years of service in an eligible area, with the understanding that they will be released from the agreement if funding for continued loan repayment is not appropriated.


The following mental health professionals may apply for enrollment in the program:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Advanced practice nurses who are board certified in psychiatric or mental health nursing
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Licensed clinical social workers
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

A total of $2,125,000 was appropriated for the program for the FY 2016-2017 biennium. This amount is sufficient to allow for financial commitments to approximately 100 providers for 2 years of loan repayment.

The following maximum award amounts are applicable over a period of 5 years if funds are available:

  • Psychiatrists - $160,000
  • Psychologists and licensed clinical social workers and licensed professional counselors who hold doctoral degrees - $80,000
  • Advanced practice nurses - $60,000
  • Licensed clinical social workers and licensed professional counselors who do not hold doctoral degrees - $40,000

The following percentages apply to the award amount for each year of service:

  • 10% in year 1
  • 15% in year 2
  • 20% in year 3
  • 25% in year 4
  • 30% in year 5
Application process

Links to additional information and the online application form are available on the program website when applications are being accepted.

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Physicians · Texas

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