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NHSC Scholarship Program Overview

The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training.

In return, scholars commit to provide primary care health services in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

How much support can you receive?

You commit to a minimum two years of full-time service in exchange for a full year of scholarship support.

You must serve at an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). The total number of years you serve will depend on the number of school years of NHSC SP support you received. (This cannot exceed four school years.)

What are the benefits of becoming an NHSC scholar?

  • Service
    You will join thousands of current and former NHSC clinicians who provide primary healthcare services to communities in need.
  • Payment of Educational Expenses
    We provide financial support for full-time enrollment in an eligible primary care health professions degree training program for up to four school years:
    • Payment of tuition and eligible fees;
    • An annual payment for other reasonable educational costs (PDF - 311 KB); and
    • Monthly stipends to assist with living expenses while pursuing your health professions degree educational training program.
    Note: You will not receive financial support during postgraduate training.
  • NHSC Loan Repayment Program Eligibility
    You may be eligible to apply to the NHSC Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP) once you complete your NHSC SP service commitment.

    Find out how to transition from the NHSC SP to the NHSC LRP.

Are you eligible for the NHSC Scholarship Program?

You must be a student pursuing primary care health professions training. 

Find out if you meet our eligibility requirements

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