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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 loan repayment.

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. We'll also email you and your site once the application cycle opens.

Contract End Dates Between Application Cycle Start and End Dates
September 30, 2021 – June 30, 2022 September 2, 2021 – October 5, 2021
July 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022 December 2, 2021 – January 4, 2022
September 1, 2022 – September 29, 2022 April 21, 2022 – May 24, 2022

How do I apply?

  • Login to the Customer Service Portal.
  • Select Apply for a Continuation Contract under the "I Need To..." section.
  • Gather documentation showing you applied all previous NHSC LRP award funds to reducing your qualifying educational loan(s).

    Your payment history must include:

    • Lender’s name
    • Account holder’s name
    • Account number
    • Date of payment(s)
    • Amount of payment(s)

Determine your eligibility and follow program requirements:

How can I receive additional funding?

You could get an additional $5,000 in funding with the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) award enhancement.

Are you eligible?

You must:

  • Have a DATA 2000 Waiver;
  • Provide MAT 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 DATA 2000 Waiver?

Take free MAT training to get the DATA 2000 Waiver.

Who provides the training?

NHSC and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)’s Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS) offer MAT 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 2022 award levels?

These are the FY 2022 continuation contract award levels for the NHSC (LRP and S2S) and the *MAT Award Enhancement:

Service Year Full-Time *Full-Time (with DATA 2000 Waiver) Half-Time *Half-Time (with DATA 2000 Waiver)
3rd year of NHSC Service $20,000 $25,000 $10,000 $15,000
4th year of NHSC Service $20,000 $25,000 $10,000 $15,000
5th year of NHSC Service and beyond $20,000 $25,000 $10,000 $15,000
  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 loan repayment 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 educational loans through one-year continuation service contracts.

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