Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program


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.

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: 667 new awards were made; 81 percent of all awards made were to registered nurses working in critical shortage facilities identified as serving the most underserved populations. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
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).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Individuals who satisfy the following criteria are eligible to apply: (1) have received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s 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. Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
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 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants may apply online at
Award Procedure
Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 5 months.
Not Applicable.
Renewals for the third year of service will be considered based on the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
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.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The awardee will be required to submit performance and progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see the program announcement and notice of award for details for each required report). No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Not Applicable.
No Data Available.
Other Assistance Considerations
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: Payments are made to individuals via electronic direct deposit. Notifications are made by e-mail.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, Division of Health Careers and Financial Support, Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9C-14, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4130
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 $46,133,873; FY 15 est $47,991,600; and FY 16 est $47,991,600
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY14, 667 new awards ranged from $6,108.47 to $395,434.87 with an average award amount of $88,795.83.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Please see application process for NURSE Corps LRP at
Refer to the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Guidance.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available