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NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program

How to apply

We guide you through the application and award process:

To apply for the NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program, you must understand and follow our requirements.

Before you apply

It takes three weeks to complete an application. This includes required and supplemental documentation.

  • Provide answers in your application that match your supporting documents. If they don’t, we’ll reject your application.
  • You must submit a legible, complete online application by the deadline.
  • Save each document as a PDF file before uploading to your application. Do not attempt to upload files larger than 5MB, or files saved as TIFF, JPEG, PNG, HEIC, and TXT. 

After you apply

After you submit your online application, you’ll see a receipt of submission.

How can I view my application and its status?

Log into the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) Customer Service Portal. You can view the status of your application, download a copy of your application, supporting documents, and completed EVs.

Can I make edits after I submit my application?

After you submit the online application, you may make edits, and upload new documents. Resubmit your final, complete application by the application deadline.

Can I withdraw my application?

Yes, you may withdraw your application from consideration any time before the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS), or their designee, signs the contract.

How do you evaluate me?

We begin our review of all applications after the application deadline passes.

We use selection factors and funding priorities to evaluate you and determine who receives awards.

The NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program also has award priority factors.

Notifying award finalists

If you become an award finalist, we will email you and ask that you log into the BHW Customer Service Portal.

We will ask you to confirm:

  • Your continued interest in receiving an award.
  • The validity of the loan and employment information you provided us in your application.
  • That you have read and understand the Loan Repayment Program contract. (We ask you to sign this if you receive and accept an award.)

We ask you to provide:

Your direct deposit banking information. We use this for award funds if you receive an award.

Note: You must respond by the deadline we provide in the Confirmation of Interest email.

What if I don’t respond in time?

If you don't complete the Confirmation of Interest process by the deadline, we may withdraw your application from consideration.

If you still wish to participate in the program, you will need to submit a new application during a future NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program application cycle for first-time participants. You will compete with other providers based on that cycle’s program requirements.

Who makes award determinations?

Only the Secretary of HHS or their designee can make an NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program award.

When will you notify me of an award?

You will receive final notification of an award, including your service obligation dates, no later than September 30.

Will you notify me if you don't select me for an award?

Yes. If we don't select you for an award, we will email you no later than September 30.

NHSC Loan Repayment contract and service obligation

When does my service obligation begin?

Your NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program service obligation begins on the date that the HHS Secretary (or the Secretary's designee) countersigns your contract.

Can I terminate my contract?

The APG and your contract explain the timeline and requirements for terminating an NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program contract. If you terminate, you must repay all funds you receive under the contract.

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