National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program

 

The National Health Service Corp (NHSC) Scholarship Program’s objective is to increase the supply of primary care physicians, dentists, certified nurse midwives, primary care nurse practitioners, and physician assistants and, if needed by the National Health Service Corps, other health professionals in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) within the United States by providing service-obligated scholarships to health professions students.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.288
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Authorization
Title III, Section 338A of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC 254l), as amended Sections 338C-H of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC 254m-q), as amended Section 10503 of the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
At the time of award, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or national. The applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited school in a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. Territory as a full-time student in a course of study leading to a health professional degree. The applicant must be eligible for Federal employment, be free of any Federal judgment liens, not be excluded, debarred, suspended or disqualified by a Federal agency, and have no conflicting service obligation. The applicant must submit an application and a signed contract to the National Health Service Corps agreeing to accept payment of scholarship and provide full-time primary health services in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
Beneficiary Eligibility
U.S. citizens or nationals enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited school in a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. Territory in a course of study leading to an eligible health professional degree.
Credentials/Documentation
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 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 apply online at https://programportal.hrsa.gov
Award Procedure
NHSC SP awards are very competitive; the Program anticipates more applicants for scholarship awards than there are funds available. All qualified applications are forwarded to an objective review committee and scored numerically. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.

Tuition and fees are paid directly to the recipient’s school. Stipends and payments for other reasonable costs are released through Direct Deposit to recipients’ accounts through PSC.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Notification to successful and rejected applicants is made no later than September 30th of the application year.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Renewal applications are not necessary for students in compliance; contracts may be multi-year funded through graduation (1 to 4 years, if the applicant signs the contract through the graduation date).
How are proposals selected?
By statute, first priority will be given to any applicant for such assistance, who has previously received a scholarship under this section or under section 758 of the PHS Act. Second priority will be given to students who are from a "disadvantaged background , and third priority will be given to all students who have characteristics which increase the probability they will continue professional practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area when they complete their service obligation.
How may assistance be used?
Service-obligated scholarships for full-time students of allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) medicine, dentistry, primary care nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, and primary care physician assistants. Other health disciplines may be included if needed by the National Health Service Corps. Scholarships pay tuition and required fees to the school, a monthly stipend to students for living expenses and a single annual payment to the student to assist with other reasonable educational expenses. Reasonable expenses may include books, supplies, equipment, uniforms, travel for the provision of clinical services, etc. The program requires 1 year of service for each year of scholarship support, with a minimum 2-year service commitment after graduation, post graduate training and licensure. A maximum of 4 years of support may be awarded. Service sites are selected by the scholarship recipient from the list of high priority sites in HPSAs identified by the NHSC.

Refer to the NHSC Scholarship Program Guidance for specific requirements.
(http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/downloads/spapplicationguide.pdf).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Annual reports by schools indicating average student educational expenses. The academic institution where the student is enrolled must complete and submit a Verification of Enrollment Form each semester.

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.
Auditing
Not Applicable.
Records
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
Each award covers up to 1 to 4 years of support, as requested. No awardees may receive more than 4 years of support: Tuition and fees are paid directly to the recipient’s school. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Stipends and payments for other reasonable costs are released through Direct Deposit to recipients’ accounts through PSC.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program, 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
http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-0350-0-1-550.
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 Current Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Please see application process at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.