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Understanding Loan Repayment Funding Priorities

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) uses certain funding priorities to evaluate applicants, and ultimately determine who should receive loan repayment awards.

NHSC Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP) | NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP)

NHSC Loan Repayment Program

We assign clinicians to Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) of greatest need. The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) measures the relative need of HPSAs and assigns each HPSA a score.

We review and approve NHSC LRP applications by descending HPSA score, and based on the following funding priorities, to the extent that funding is available.

Funding Priorities

Each application cycle, we have limited funds available for loan repayment awards. Given this, we will give you priority, if you are an eligible, qualified applicant who meets one of the following:

  • You are likely to remain in a HPSA and you come from a disadvantaged background.
    We give priority to you if you (or your spouse, if applicable) have a higher likelihood of continuing to practice in a HPSA once you complete the service commitment and you come from a disadvantaged background.
    • To qualify for the latter, you must submit certification from a school (PDF – 168 KB) where you:
      • Identified as having a disadvantaged background based on environmental and/or economic factors; or
      • Received a federal Exceptional Financial Need Scholarship.
  • You are likely to remain in a HPSA.
    We will also give priority to you (or your spouse, if applicable) indicate a higher likelihood of continuing to practice in a HPSA once you complete your service commitment.
    • Generally, we assess your experience in working with underserved populations. You may be able to demonstrate this through past work and volunteer experiences, as well as your background.

NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

Funding Priorities

Each application cycle, we have limited funds available for loan repayment awards. Given this, you will receive priority, if you are an eligible, qualified applicant who demonstrates the following:

  • You are likely to remain in a HPSA AND you come from a disadvantaged background.
    You (or your spouse, if applicable) have a higher likelihood of continuing to practice in a HPSA once you complete the service commitment and you come from a disadvantaged background.
    • To qualify for the latter, you must submit certification from a school (PDF – 168 KB) where you:
      • Identified as having a disadvantaged background based on environmental and/or economic factors; or
      • Received a federal Exceptional Financial Need Scholarship.
  • You are likely to remain in a HPSA.
    You (or your spouse, if applicable) indicate a higher likelihood of continuing to practice in a HPSA once you complete your service commitment.
    • We assess your experience working with underserved populations. You may be able to demonstrate this through past work and volunteer experiences, as well as your background.
    • We will base our assessment on your responses to the essay question, and information gathered in your recommendation letters and resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV).

 

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