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Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment for Rural Health Professions – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment for Rural Health Professions.

National Health Service Corps: Program Directs Funding to Areas with Greatest Provider Shortages
Provides an overview of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) programs. Examines data for fiscal year 2020 on the number of NHSC providers and where they served, the number and characteristics of applicants that did not receive funding, the number of NHSC sites with vacancies, and information about the effectiveness of NHSC programs at alleviating provider shortages.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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National Health Service Corps Site Reference Guide
Provides clarification for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites regarding eligibility requirements, qualification factors, compliance, roles and responsibilities, and other factors for becoming an NHSC approved site. Acts as a supplemental resource to the information provided in the online NHSC Site Application.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Student Loan Programs Authorized by the Public Health Service Act: An Overview
Provides an overview of student loan programs for health profession students authorized by the Public Health Service Act and administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Describes borrower eligibility requirements, loan terms and conditions, and administrative rules. Includes a table comparing the programs by borrower type, repayment terms, the number of participating schools, and the number and financial amount of outstanding loans.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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National Health Service Corps Report to Congress for the Year 2019
Details program accomplishments of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), provides updates on Health Professional Shortage Area designations, explains recruitment efforts for NHSC Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs, provides estimates on number of patients seen by NHSC clinicians, and details short- and long-term retention rates. Features state-by-state data with breakdowns by urban and rural locations.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Reviews issues affecting National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Nurse Corps participants and approved sites during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Explains how participants and sites can remain in compliance with NHSC requirements. Also provides information for NHSC applicants about how to complete application requirements.
Additional links: COVID-19 Impact on Nurse Corps, NHSC Service Commitments: COVID-19
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Health Service Corps
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National Health Services Corps (NHSC) New Site Application Webinar for Rural Health Clinics
Recording of a June 30, 2020 webinar providing an overview of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) new site application process. Discusses the benefits of the NHSC program for outpatient facilities that provide primary care medical, dental, and/or mental and behavioral health services, site eligibility requirements, and how to apply as a new site. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Workforce Development Programs: A Budget Blueprint for Fiscal Year 2021
Overview of the Title VII and Title VIII health professions federal programs designed to train providers in interdisciplinary settings to meet the needs of special and underserved populations, as well as increase minority representation in the health care workforce.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of American Medical Colleges
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Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Loan Repayment Programs
Provides an overview of federal student loan forgiveness and repayment programs, including those administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Addresses program components, effects, cost, and issues for Congress to consider.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Indian Health Service Programs – A Retention Analysis: Final Report
Examines retention of Indian Health Service Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program participants after their service, whether it varies by provider type, facility characteristics, and more. Compares retention for IHS programs to National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program retention.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, The Lewin Group, Inc.
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Mississippi Scholarship Program Helps Create More Rural Physicians
The Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program is addressing the state's health care crisis by providing incentives for medical students to practice in rural areas.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Last Updated: 6/1/2021