National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program


The National Health Service Corps (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, physician assistants and, if needed by the NHSC, other health professionals in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) within the U.S.A and its territories 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
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Section 338B of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 United States Code Section 254l-1), as amended; Section 331(i) of the PHS Act (42 USC 254d(i)), as amended by Section 10503 of the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148).
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, oral health, and mental and behavioral health professionals 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.
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 may receive additional information about the application process at
Award Procedure
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 of Health and Human Services to be needed by the NHSC and who the Secretary determines are committed to serve in health professional shortage areas. The HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Not Applicable.
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 whose training is in a health or specialty profession determined by the Secretary to be needed by NHSC.
How may assistance be used?
Awards provide payments of up to $50,000 towards participants' qualified federal and commercial health professions undergraduate and graduate educational 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?
The employing facility must complete and send a semi-annual In-Service Verification Form verifying that the participating health professional is providing service. The certification includes a signature by an appropriate official of the facility. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Not Applicable.
Not applicable.
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 made to individuals via electronic direct deposit through Program Support Center (PSC).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
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, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4400
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(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 est $194,500,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Please see application process for NHSC LRP at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.