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Health Resources and Services Administration's National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Programs

Apr 6, 2021

The Health Resources and Services Administration's National Health Service Corps (NHSC) opened its application for three loan repayment programs: the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program, and the NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program. The application closes on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

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This award year will be the largest one in HRSA's history and clinicians are encouraged to apply even if their organization's health professional shortage area (HPSA) score has not been competitive for awards in the past. Additionally, the NHSC Loan Repayment Program continues to dedicate $15 million for awards to clinicians working at Indian Health Service facilities, Tribally-Operated 638 Health Programs, and Urban Indian Health Programs.

Qualified health care clinicians may receive student loan repayment in return for their service at NHSC-approved sites. Find out which program is right for you and become part of the largest class of NHSC award recipients in history!

  • The NHSC LRP awards up to $50,000 in exchange for a two-year commitment to provide primary medical, dental or mental/behavioral health care at approved sites in high-need, underserved areas. HRSA has removed the two-tier scoring, allowing all applicants to receive up to $50,000 in awards regardless of HPSA score. NHSC LRP recipients are eligible to extend their service and potentially pay off all of their educational debt with continuation contracts.
  • The NHSC SUD Workforce LRP provides up to $75,000 in exchange for a three-year commitment to health care professionals who provide substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services at NHSC-approved SUD treatment facilities. Clinicians with DATA 2000 Waivers can receive award preference.
  • Providers in rural communities may apply to the NHSC Rural Community LRP, which awards up to $100,000 for three years of service. Being employed at an NHSC-approved Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) Consortium member facility gives a provider eligibility for award preference.

Source: Health Resources and Services Administration