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Determine Your Eligibility and Apply for a Continuation Contract

With a Continuation Contract, you can extend your service by one year in exchange for an additional loan repayment award.

You must be an eligible, current National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP) or NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) participant.

When Do I Apply?

Review the chart for your cycle dates. We'll also email you and your site once the application cycle opens.

Contract End Dates Between Application Cycle Start and End Dates
April 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023 January 12, 2023 – February 16, 2023
September 1, 2023 – September 29, 2023 April 20, 2023 – May 25, 2023

How Do I Apply?

  • Login to the BHW Customer Service Portal.
  • Select Apply for a Continuation Contract under the "I Need To..." section.
  • Obtain proof of payment history showing that you applied all previous NHSC LRP award funds to reduce your qualifying educational loan(s). 

    Special note: As an NHSC awarded participant you are required to apply your complete awarded funding to your approved qualifying loan debt despite the U.S. Department of Education (ED) extension of the pause on student loan payment through December 31, 2022.

Your payment history must include:

  • Lender’s name
  • Account holder’s name
  • Account number
  • Date of payment(s) within your current service obligation
  • Amount of payment(s)

Determine your eligibility and review program requirements:

How Can I Receive Additional Funding?

The NHSC LRP offers an additional one-time award of $5,000 in funding for eligible participants to provide Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD).

Are you eligible?

You must:

  • Have a X Waiver;
  • Provide MOUD at your NHSC-approved site; and

Be a

  • Physician (Doctor of Medicine (MD)/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO));
  • Physician assistant (PA);
  • Nurse practitioner (NP); or
  • Certified nurse-midwife (CNM).

How do I get the X Waiver?

Take free MOUD training to get the X Waiver.

Who provides the training?

NHSC and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)’s Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS) offer MOUD training to qualified behavioral health opioid and substance use disorder (SUD) clinicians.

This NHSC-PCSS collaboration supports clinicians who provide evidence-based SUD treatment in communities that need it most.

What Are The FY 2023 Award Amounts?

FY 2023 Continuation Contract base award amounts for the NHSC (LRP and S2S) and the Award Enhancement.

Full-Time Full-Time (with X Waiver) Half-Time Half-Time (with X Waiver)
$20,000 $25,000 $10,000 $15,000

Note: Eligible Participants are only eligible to receive the Enhancement Award one time.

  1. Full-Time Clinical Practice

    • No less than 40 hours per week
    • A minimum of 45 weeks a year
  2. Half-Time Clinical Practice
    • A minimum of 20 hours per week (not to exceed 39 hours per week)
    • A minimum of 45 weeks per year

NHSC Loan Repayment Program

You may be eligible to continue with the loan repayment program beyond the initial contract, one year at a time, and pay off all qualifying educational loans.

The Continuation Contract application process is the same as the NHSC LRP.

NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

Once you complete the initial three-year service contract, you may be eligible to apply for additional loan repayment funds.

This allows you to pay any remaining qualifying educational loans through one-year continuation service contracts.

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