ARRA - National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment

 

The National Health Service Corp (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program’s objective is to increase the supply of primary care physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, behavioral and mental health professionals, certified nurse midwives, primary care nurse practitioners, certified family nurse practitioners, and physician assistants and, if needed by the NHSC, other health professionals in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) within the U.S.A and its territories by providing financial assistance to support the repayment of qualifying educational loans in return for service to populations located in HPSAs identified by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.401
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) , Public Law 111-5. , Public Law 111-5.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Individuals are eligible to apply if they have (1) U.S. citizenship; (2) a health professions degree or are in professional practice (they must hold an unrestricted health professions license from the State in which they will be working, and be eligible for selection for a Federal civil service appointment, or hold an appointment as a commissioned officer in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service); (3) not had any judgment liens arising from Federal debt ; (4) not been excluded, debarred, suspended, or disqualified by a Federal agency; (5) not been in breach of a health professional service obligation to the Federal, State or local government and (6) no conflicting service obligation. Individuals must also participate or be eligible to participate as a provider in the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs, as appropriate.
Refer to the NHSC Loan Repayment Program Guidance for specific requirements.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Primary care medical, oral health, and mental and behavioral health professions are eligible for the Loan Repayment Program (LRP). Specific specialties within these professions are selected for LRP awards based on community demand for health services.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants should review the individual HRSA Application and Program Guidance 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 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applicants are required to submit their applications electronically through https://programportal.hrsa.gov.
Award Procedure
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. NHSC loan repayment awards are made based on the highest need as determined by descending health professional shortage area scores. Priority will be given to individuals whose training is in a health discipline or specialty determined by the Secretary for Health and Human Services to be needed by the NHSC and who the Secretary determines are committed to service in health professional shortage areas.
The HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Contract continuations will be considered according to the availability of appropriated funds and eligibility criteria applied to the individual and the site at which that individual is employed.
How are proposals selected?
Priority will be given to applicants who are individuals whose training is in a health profession or specialty determined by the Secretary to be needed by NHSC.
How may assistance be used?
Awards provide an initial payment of up to $50,000 towards participants' qualified federal and commercial health professions undergraduate and graduate education loans during the first 2 years of full time practice or 4 years of half time practice at an approved National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Service Site under a written agreement with this program. Health professions given priority for selection are those identified by communities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act. The employing facility must complete and send a semi-annual Service Verification Form verifying that the participating health professional is providing service. The certification includes a signature by an appropriate official of the facility. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
Not Applicable.
Records
No Data Available.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
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 continued obligated service will be made no later than the end of the fiscal year in which the individual completes such year of service. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments are released via Direct Deposit in recipients’ accounts through Program Support Center (PSC).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Branch, Division of National Health Service Corps, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8C-26, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 594-4400.
Headquarters Office
Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services Room 8C-26, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4400
Website Address
http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-0351-0-1-550.
Obligations
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 Not Available(Exp: No Program Offered); FY 15 Estimate Not Available(Exp: No Program Offered); and FY 16 Estimate Not Available(Exp: No Program Offered)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Please see application process for NHSC LRP at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.