NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

 

As funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), The objective of the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (NURSE Corps LRP) is to assist in the recruitment and retention of professional registered nurses (RN) in 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
Active
Program Number
93.406
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, Public Law 111-5. , Public Law 111-5.
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 Permanent Lawful 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 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 (6) 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.
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.
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 may apply online at 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.
Notifications are made in writing by a email.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 5 months.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
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. Please review the HRSA Preview or HRSA website at www.hrsa.gov for important information regarding funding preferences.
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 qualifying loan balance, bringing the total up to 85 percent of eligible loan balances. Loan repayments for 2 years 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.
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 NURSE Corps LRP verifies every 6 months that participants are meeting program requirements and fulfilling their service obligation. The In-Service Verification (ISV) is completed by both the participant and the approved critical shortage facility or school of nursing. By completing and electronically signing the verification, the participant and the site are certifying the participant’s compliance or noncompliance with the applicable service requirements during that 6-month period. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Auditing
No audits are required for this program.
Records
No Data Available.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
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: Direct Deposit into recipients account through PSC.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. 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 7-100, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 594-4130.
Headquarters Office
Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Health Resources and Services Administration, Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 7-100, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4130.
Website Address
http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/nursing/
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 NURSE Corps LRP at http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/nursing/
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.