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NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

If you are a student in your last year of medical, nursing, or dental school, you may be eligible to receive loan repayment assistance from the NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (NHSC S2S LRP).

In return, you provide at least three years of service at an NHSC-approved site in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

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Determine your eligibility

Read and follow the NHSC Students to Service LRP Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 838 KB).

How to apply

We guide you through the application and award process:

Before you apply

On average, it takes three weeks to complete an application, including all required and supplemental documentation.

Be sure that the answers you provide in your application match your supporting documents. If we find they do not, we will reject your application.

You must submit a legible, complete online application—including all supporting documents—by the application deadline.

What is a complete application?

A complete application consists of:

  • Online application
  • Required supporting documents
  • Additional supplemental documentation (if applicable)

Application requirements

This is an overview of the application requirements. Refer to the Application and Program Guidance (APG) for complete requirements and instructions. We update the APG each year.

After you apply

You will receive a receipt of submission once you successfully submit the online application.

What happens during the application review process?

The S2S LRP application review process occurs over several months through independent, objective review.

Allow at least 30 business days from submission for us to review your documentation and update your application status.

Do you provide status updates?

We provide email updates, as applicable, as well as updates on the status page of the online application. You must ensure your contact information is correct.

How do you evaluate me?

We use various selection factors and funding priorities to evaluate applicants of S2S LRP, and eventually determine who receives awards.

Notifying award finalists

If we select you as a finalist, you will receive a Confirmation of Interest email. In it, we will provide a deadline for your response.

To accept the S2S LRP award, you will electronically sign a copy of the contract and provide us with your banking information.

Once the Secretary of HHS or their designee countersigns the contract, your service obligation begins.

What if I don’t respond in time?

If you do not respond to us by the deadline, your offer of award expires and we will offer it to an alternate.

What if I decide not to accept the award?

If you decline the award prior to signing the contract, you may do so without penalty.

If you decide you do not want the award after signing the contract, notify us immediately through the BHW Customer Service Portal.

  • If the Secretary of HHS’s designee has not yet countersigned the contract, you will not incur a service obligation or any penalty for withdrawing.
  • If the Secretary of HHS’s designee has already signed the contract, you can request termination of the contract only under certain conditions.

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

Yes. If we do not select you for an award, we will email you no later than April 15.

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