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Health Professions Students Seeking Scholarships

Students who are pursuing healthcare careers and intend to work in rural, tribal, and other underserved areas may be eligible for scholarships, loans, and forgivable loans. Talk with the college/university financial aid office about what scholarships are available for health professions students. Additionally, local healthcare facilities may offer scholarships, loan forgiveness, and loan repayment programs for students who want to return and work in the area.

Federal programs for students are shown below.

National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program
Sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration, this program provides loan repayment assistance for medical and dental students who agree to work in eligible shortage areas of greatest need.
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • Students pursuing an MD, DO, DDS, or DMD degree at an approved, accredited school located in the United States, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. Territory
  • Enrolled as a full-time student in the last year of medical or dental school
Service Requirement
  • 3 years of full-time service in an approved NHSC site with a HPSA score of 14 or above
Scholarship Amount
  • Up to $120,000 paid in 4 yearly installments of up to $30,000
NURSE Corps Scholarship Program
Sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration, this program provides scholarships for nursing students who agree to work in eligible healthcare facilities with a shortage of nurses.
  • Students in diploma, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs
  • U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, and lawful permanent residents
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited professional nursing degree program
  • Preference is given based on financial need
Service Requirement
  • 2 years of full-time service at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility located in, designated as, or serving a mental health or primary care HPSA with a score of 14 or higher
Scholarship Amount
  • Scholarship will cover tuition, required fees, books, clinical supplies, laboratory expenses, and a stipend for monthly living expenses.

Other federal student programs:

Looking for state-specific opportunities?

Rural health professions scholarships are offered in many states. Follow these steps to search RHIhub:

  1. Visit RHIhub's scholarships funding by type page
  2. Choose narrow by geography
  3. Choose the appropriate state and click OK
  4. If needed, you can narrow down even more by choosing narrow by topic
  5. Then choose the appropriate topic, such as behavioral health workforce or nurses, and click OK