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Illinois Community Behavioral Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program

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Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Nov 15, 2023
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission provides Loan repayment assistance for qualified mental health and substance use professionals who agree to practice in underserved and rural areas in Illinois.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, eligible non-citizens, and Illinois residents who have worked for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to applying for this program as a behavioral health professional in a community mental health center in an underserved or rural health professional shortage area (HPSA) mental health discipline.

Eligible professions include:

  • Psychiatrist
  • Advanced practice registered nurse
  • Physician assistant
  • Psychologist who holds a doctoral degree (Psy.D or Ph.D.)
  • Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC)
  • CADC-certified substance use professional
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

The award amount is based on the applicant's remaining balance on eligible education loans, not to exceed:

  • $35,000 per year for a psychiatrist
  • $15,000 per year for an advanced practice registered nurse or a physician assistant
  • $12,000 per year for a psychologist who holds a doctoral degree
  • $6,500 per year for a licensed clinical social worker or a licensed clinical professional counselor
  • $2,500 per year for a substance abuse professional

Awards may be received for up to 4 years, and awardees must fulfill a 12 month period as a behavioral health professional in a community mental health center in an underserved or rural HPSA mental health discipline for each year the assistance is received.

Application process

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

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Loans, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness for health careers · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Physicians · Substance use and misuse · Illinois

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