SLRP Eligibilty Requirements

Eligible SLRP Grant Applicants: 50 States and Territories

Entities eligible to apply for this grant program include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

To be eligible for SLRP an entity must also:

  • Obtain matching funds from your state and or territory to fund the program. The state/territory must agree to make available (directly or through donations from public or private entities) non-Federal contributions in cash toward SLRP award contracts in an amount not less than $1 for each $1 of Federal funds provided in the grant.
  • Ensure the SLRP will be administered by a state agency.
  • Agree to use federal funds received through the SLRP to make loan repayment awards only.

Eligible Services Sites

States receiving SLRP grants must assign health professionals participating in their state loan repayment program to public and nonprofit private sites located in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and all providers must work in a HPSA that corresponds with their training (for example, a dentist must work in a dental HPSA, or a mental health provider must work in a mental health HPSA).

States have flexibility in which sites they deem eligible to be service sites in their state.

Eligible service sites may include:

  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
    • Community Health Centers
    • Migrant Health Clinics
    • Homeless Programs
    • Public Housing Programs
  • Other Health Facilities
    • Community Outpatient Facilities
    • Community Mental Health Facilities
    • State and County Health Department Clinics
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Health Service Corps
    • Free Clinics
    • Mobile Units
    • School-based Programs
    • Critical Access Hospitals affiliated with a qualified outpatient clinic
    • Long-term Care Facilities
    • State Mental Health Facilities
  • Indian Health Service Facilities, Tribally-Operated 638 Health Programs, and Urban Indian Health Programs
    • Federal Indian Health Service (IHS) Clinical Practice Sites
    • Tribal/638 Health Clinics
    • Urban Indian Health Program
    • IHS and tribal hospitals - click to view National Health Service Corps' IHS and tribal hospital site expansion
  • Correctional or Detention Facilities
    • Federal Prisons
    • State Prisons
  • FQHC Look-A-Likes
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Certified Rural Health Clinics
  • Private Practices (Solo or Group)

Eligible Disciplines and Specialties

SLRP grantees have flexibility in the eligible disciplines offered through their program so long as the disciplines meet the mission of providing primary health services in HPSAs. SLRP grantees are not required to include all eligible disciplines in their program.

General Practitioners (physicians who have not completed residency-training programs) are not eligible for funding under SLRP.

Eligible disciplines vary by state, but may include:

  • MD: Allopathic Medicine
  • DO: Osteopathic Medicine
  • DDS/DMD: General and Pediatric Dentistry
  • NP: Nurse Practitioner
  • CNM: Certified Nurse-Midwife
  • PA: Physician Assistant
  • RDH: Registered Dental Hygienist
  • HSP: Health Service Psychologist (Clinical and Counseling)
  • LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • PNS: Psychiatric Nurse Specialist
  • LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor
  • MFT: Marriage and Family Therapist
  • RN: Registered Nurse
  • Pharm: Pharmacist
  • Substance Abuse Counselors licensed/credentialed/certified by their state of practice that meet educational requirements and master's degree requirement


Approved Primary Care Specialties for Physicians:

  • Family Medicine (and osteopathic general practice)
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Geriatrics
  • Psychiatry


Approved Primary Care Specialites for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants:

  • Adult
  • Family
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry/mental health
  • Geriatrics
  • Women's health

Service Commitment

While there are some standard requirements for participants in a SLRP, state grantees also have flexibility in how they run their program.

  • All SLRP program participants must provide a minimum of two years of full-time service or four years of half-time service in a HPSA.
  • States may require longer initial minimum service commitments (more than two years) to meet community needs.
  • States may also provide additional loan repayment for each additional year of service provided beyond the initial contract.