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Minnesota Health Care Loan Forgiveness Programs Early Application Cycle - Rural Physicians and Rural Mental Health Professionals

Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Nov 22, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Health offers loan forgiveness for certain health professionals who agree to practice in a health professional shortage area in Minnesota for at least 3 years.


Eligible applicants includes certain health professionals who have or will have a permanent and unrestricted license to practice independently and unsupervised in the state of Minnesota by February 1, 2022.

Eligible professionals:

  • Primary Care Doctors of Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine (MD/DO - Family Practice, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, or Psychiatry)
  • LCP Licensed Clinical or Counseling Psychologists (PsyD, PhD or equivalent)
  • LICSW Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (master's or doctoral degree in social work, LGSW not eligible)
  • Psychiatric Nurse Specialists/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PNS/PNP)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC - master's or doctoral degree with a major study in counseling, licensed to practice independently and unsupervised)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT - master's or doctoral degree with a major study in marriage and family therapy, LAMFT not eligible)
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC - holds a valid license to engage in the practice of alcohol and drug counseling)
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Urban and rural physicians: $29,000/year

Urban and rural mental health professionals:

  • Psychologists - $18,000/year
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioners - $14,000/year
  • LICSW, LMFT, LPCC, and LADC - $9,300/year

Participants are required to practice in a health professional shortage area for a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 4 years.

Application process

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

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Loans, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness for health careers · Maternal health and prenatal care · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Physician assistants · Physicians · Primary care · Substance use and misuse · Minnesota

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