Disadvantaged Health Professions Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP)

 

The Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) provides loan repayment assistance to faculty members from economically and environmentally disadvantaged backgrounds with eligible health professions degree or certificates to serve at eligible academic institutions in the following disciplines: allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric or veterinary medicine; dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, nursing (RN or Advanced Practice RN), physician assistants, allied health or graduate programs in public health or behavioral and mental health for a 2-year service commitment.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.923
Federal Agency/Office
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 FY16 Actual - 21 awards
Fiscal Year 2017 22 Awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 the FLRP made 23 awards.
Authorization
Section 738 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 738 [293b]), as amended by P.L. 105-392
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants must: (1) be U.S. citizens (either U.S. born or naturalized), U.S. nationals or lawful permanent residents; (2) be from an economically or environmentally disadvantaged background; (3) have a degree or certificate in one of the following health profession disciplines: allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric or veterinary medicine; dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, nursing (RN or APRN ), physician assistants, allied health, or graduate programs in public health or behavioral and mental health; or are enrolled in an approved graduate training program in one of the health professions listed above, or are enrolled as full-time students (in the disciplines listed above) at an accredited health professions institution and are in the final course of study or program leading to a degree from that institution; (4) have an employment commitment from an eligible health professions school for a full-time or part-time (as defined by the school) faculty position for a minimum of 2 years; and (5) have a written agreement with an eligible health professions school that has agreed to pay full or partial match toward the principal and interest for the applicant's education loans in equivalent loan repayment amounts made by HHS under FLRP. For institutions that are unable to provide matching loan repayments, applicants must provide an official letter from the employer requesting a full or partial waiver with supporting documentation justifying the undue financial hardship necessary for a waiver to be granted.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See above
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
FLRP awards are based on a selection tiering process that determines the sequential order of awards made to qualified applicants, which includes the amount of matching funds provided by the applicant's employing institution. There are three (3) match categories: (1) full matching of the HHS level of loan repayment, (2) partial matching of the HHS level of loan repayment (i.e., <100% match); or (3) no match. Participants will receive up to a maximum of $40,000 for a full or part-time 2-year service commitment. Awards are made starting with full match, then to partial match (from greatest percentage match to least partial match), then to no match. Full-time applicants in each match category are given preference over part-time applicants. Payments are made to individuals via electronic direct deposit.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Notification to all applicants are made no later than September 30th of the application year.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
FLRP - The applicant will be rated on the extent to which the individual meets the intent of the program to expand disadvantaged representation in health professions faculty positions.
How may assistance be used?
Funds must be used for loan repayment.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
No data available.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. (1 to 100 percent) - Institutions may submit a full match (100%), partial match (1 to 99%) or request a waiver. The employing institution is required for each year of service to make payments in an amount equal to the amount of principal and interest payments made by the Secretary. These payments must be in addition to the recipient’s salary the individuals otherwise would receive. However, the Secretary may waive this requirement if it is determined that it would impose an undue financial hardship on the institution involved. A consideration for waiver will be based on required documentation submitted by the institution which must include financial statements to support hardship. Applicants receive award preference based on the funding match determined by the institution.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Participants must provide full or part-time service (as defined by the school) as a faculty member at an eligible health professions school for a period of two consecutive years beginning on the effective date of the contract.: Awards are based on a percentage of the eligible applicant's total debt. Awards are based on a percentage of the eligible applicant's total debt.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Scott Turnbull, Faculty Loan Repayment Program, Division of Health Careers and Financial Support, Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW),
Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane,
Rockville, MD 20857 US
sturnbull@hrsa.gov
Phone: (301) 594-4130.
Website Address
https://bhw.hrsa.gov/loansscholarships/flrp
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-0350-0-1-550
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$1,093,597.00; FY 19 est $1,190,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$1,093,597.00; FY 16$1,190,054.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 18 Range - $ 10,474 to $59,853 FY 18 Average:$47,644 FY 19 est Range: $10,474-$59,853 FY 19 est Average: $47,644 FY 20 est Range: $0 FY 20 est Average: $0
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All administrative and audit requirements that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75. HRSA awards are also subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/hhsgrantspolicy.pdf.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 



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