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FY 2022 NHSC Program Funding

Each year, the National Health Service Corps provides scholarships and loan repayment program awards to eligible providers who commit to caring for the nation’s underserved. The fiscal year 2022 awards build upon other American Rescue Plan investments aimed at improving health care worker retention, reducing burnout, and promoting mental health and wellness among the health care workforce.

More than $651 million in funding provided support to more than 20,000 NHSC providers in the following programs:

Program Funding Amount Description

NHSC Loan Repayment Program

$207.9 million

Provides 3,782 new awards and 2,476 one-year continuation awards to primary medical, dental, and behavioral health professionals working at an NHSC-approved site in areas of greatest need.

NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

$38.7 million

Provides 368 new awards to students pursuing medical, dental, nursing, and physician assistant degrees in their last year of school. In return, recipients commit to primary care as a practice focus and to working for three years in rural, frontier, and urban areas of greatest need.

NHSC Scholarship Program

$300.2 million

Provides 1,199 full scholarships and 25 continuation awards to students pursuing medical, dental, and nursing degrees. Clinicians must serve a minimum of two years.

NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program

$51.5 million

Provides 808 new awards to clinicians directly involved in the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) in high-need areas. These providers serve for three years at an NHSC-approved SUD treatment facility in underserved areas. This program is funded via annual appropriations.

NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program

$52.8 million

Provides 639 new awards to providers who offer evidence-based substance use disorder treatment, assist in recovery, and prevent overdose deaths in rural areas. Providers serve three years at an NHSC-approved SUD treatment facility in a rural community. This program is funded through annual appropriations.

NHSC State Loan Repayment Program

$99.9 million

Provides 50 awards to 46 states, Washington, D.C., and three U.S. territories to operate their own loan repayment programs that address the most pressing health care needs of their residents.

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