Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program for Registered Nurses Entering Employment at Eligible Health Facilities
To assist in the recruitment and retention of professional registered nurses (RN) in: 1) approved critical shortage areas to increase access to quality health care by offering loan repayment in return for full-time service at an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses; and 2) accredited, eligible schools of nursing for RNs dedicated to serving as full-time faculty members.
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Types of Assistance
DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE
Uses and Use Restrictions
The program offers RNs substantial economic assistance to repay their qualifying educational loans in exchange for full-time service at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses. NURSE Corps LRP participants enter into a contract agreeing to provide full-time service at an approved Critical Shortage Facility (CSF) for two years. In return, NURSE Corps LRP will pay 30 percent of the participant's total qualifying loan balance each year (total of 60 percent). A participant may be eligible to continue his/her two-year NURSE Corps LRP contract to serve for a third (optional) year at a CSF. If a participant works full-time for a third year in a CSF, the NURSE Corps LRP will pay an additional 25 percent of the participant's original total qualifying loan balance, bringing the total to 85 percent of eligible loan balances.
Public Health Service Act (42 United States Code 297(n)(a)), Section 846(a), as amended by, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Public Law 111-148 Sec. 5310(a).
Individuals who satisfy the following criteria are eligible to apply: (1) have received a bachelorís degree, a masterís degree, an associate degree, a diploma, or a doctoral degree in nursing; (2) have outstanding qualifying educational loans leading to a degree or diploma in nursing; (3) a U.S. citizen (either U.S. born or naturalized), U.S., National or a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States; (4) employed full-time (32 hours or more per week) at a critical shortage facility (CSF) or employed as a full-time nurse faculty member at an accredited, public or private nonprofit school of nursing; (5) have completed the nursing education program for which the loan balance applies; (6) have a current, full, permanent, unencumbered, unrestricted license in the State in which they intend to practice or be authorized to practice in the State under the Nurse Licensure Compact; and (7) submit a complete application, including a signed contract to work full-time as a registered or advanced practice nurse for 2 years at an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses or an accredited, eligible school of nursing.
Beneficiaries include registered nurses who have received a diploma, an associate degree, a baccalaureate degree or a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants may apply online at https://programportal.hrsa.gov
All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.
Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Approximately 5 months.
Renewals for the third year of service will be considered based on the availability of funds.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Loan repayments for 1 year of obligated service will be made no later than the end of the Federal fiscal year in which the individual completes such year of service. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Direct Deposit into recipients account through PSC.
Post Assistance Requirements
The NURSE Corps LRP verifies every 6 months that participants are meeting program requirements and fulfilling their service obligation. The In-Service Verification (ISV) is completed by both the participant and the approved critical shortage facility or school of nursing. By completing and electronically signing the verification, the participant and the site are certifying the participantís compliance or noncompliance with the applicable service requirements during that 6-month period. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
No Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 12 $48,889,685; FY 13 est $55,700,167; and FY 14 est $55,700,167
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
New awards for FY 12 range from $7,320 to $183,392, with an average new award of $47,114.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Please see application process for NURSE Corps LRP at http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/nursing/
Refer to the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Guidance.
Regional or Local Office
None. NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service (BCRS), Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-37, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 594-4130.
Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service (BCRS), Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-37, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4130
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Funding preference is defined as the funding of a specific category of group of approved applicants ahead of other categories or groups of approved applicants. As provided in section 846(e) of the PHS Act, as amended, a funding preference is given to eligible applicants with the greatest financial need. Awards are made to the highest ranked applicants until funds are expended. Please review the HRSA Preview or BCRS website at www.hrsa.gov for important information regarding funding preferences.