Program Eligibility

Eligibility for NHSC Programs

Based on clinical discipline, stage of education, and licensure, you can determine scholarship and loan repayment eligibility.

  • Medical Careers (Physician and Physician Assistants)
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    1. MD/DO students from the spring before entering medical school until the spring before entering their 4th year are eligible for the NHSC Scholarship Program.
    2. MD/DO students during the fall/winter of their last year of medical school are eligible for the NHSC Students to Service Pilot Loan Repayment Program.
    3. Primary Care Physicians, once fully licensed and hired at an NHSC-approved site, are eligible to apply for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program during the winter of each year.
    4. Physician Assistant students from the spring before entering the Physician Assistant program until the spring before their final year of education are eligible for the NHSC Scholarship Program.
    5. Physician Assistants, once fully licensed and hired at an NHSC-approved site, are eligible to apply for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program during the winter of each year.
  • Nursing Careers (Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Psychiatric Nurse Specialists)
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    1. Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife students from the spring before entering their graduate nursing program until the spring before their final year of education are eligible for the NHSC Scholarship Program and the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program.
    2. Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Psychiatric Nurse Specialists, once fully licensed and hired at an NHSC-approved site, are eligible to apply for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program and NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program during the winter of each year.
  • Dental Careers (Dentists and Registered Dental Hygienists)
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    1. DDS/DMD Students from the spring before entering dental school until the spring before entering their 4th year are eligible for the NHSC Scholarship Program.
    2. Dentists, once fully licensed and hired at an NHSC-approved site, are eligible to apply for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program during the winter of each year.
    3. Dental Hygienists, once fully licensed and hired at an NHSC-approved site, are eligible to apply for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program during the winter of each year.
  • Mental/Behavioral Health Careers (Health Service Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers)
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    1. All Mental/Behavioral Health professionals (as listed above) who are fully and independently licensed and hired at an NHSC-approved site are eligible to apply for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program during the winter of each year.

NURSE Corps

NURSE Corps is a sister program to the National Health Service Corps which offers scholarship and loan repayment options to all levels of nurses and nursing faculty. For more information about these programs visit the NURSE Corps page.

Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Health professions faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds can receive up to a maximum of $40,000 towards repayment of their student loans in exchange for educating tomorrow's clinicians.  For more information about this program visit the Faculty Loan Repayment Program.

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program

The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP) improves the health of the Native Hawaiian population by supporting Native Hawaiian health professions students in return for their service after graduation in a medically underserved area in the state of Hawaii. The scholarship pays tuition, books, other education costs and provides a monthly stipend.  For more information about this program visit NHHSP.