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National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP)



Application Deadline: May 27, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Provides funding for loan repayment for primary care, dental, or behavioral\mental providers in exchange for service commitments at NHSC-approved sites in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Aims to increase access to quality and culturally competent primary care, dental, and behavioral/mental health services in rural, urban, and underserved areas.

Eligible primary care, dental, and behavioral/mental health professions include:

  • Physicians (MD or DO)
  • Nurse practitioners (NP)
  • Certified nurse midwives (CNM)
  • Physician assistants (PA)
  • Dentists (DDS or DMD)
  • Dental hygienists
  • Health service psychologists (HSP)
  • Licensed clinical social workers (LCSW)
  • Psychiatric nurse specialists (PNS)
  • Marriage and family therapists (MFT)
  • Licensed professional counselors (LPC)

NHSC LRP fact sheet

Amount of Funding

A maximum of $50,000 for an initial 2 years of full-time clinical practice for providers serving at an NHSC-approved site with a designated HPSA score.

A maximum of $25,000 for an initial 2 years of half-time clinical practice for providers serving at an NHSC-approved site with a designated HPSA score. This option is not available to applicants serving under the Private Practice Option (PPO).

Additional practice type and service obligation information is available in the program guidance.

Who Can Apply

Applicants must work in a primary care, dental, or behavioral/mental health approved discipline and specialty to be eligible for this program and meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. born or naturalized, or U.S. national
  • Have a current, full, permanent, unencumbered, unrestricted health professional license, certificate or registration in the discipline in which the individual is applying to serve
  • Participate or be eligible to participate as providers in the Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as appropriate
  • Be eligible for federal employment
  • Be employed by, or have accepted a position at, a NHSC-approved site where employment and provision of care to patients will begin no later than July 18, 2021
  • Submit a complete application

NHSC will prioritize applicants by the following funding priorities when making loan repayment awards:

  • Current or former NHSC scholarship recipients that have completed their service obligation and continue to have eligible student loans
  • Priority within each HPSA score for applicants who meet the following criteria:
    • Come from a disadvantaged background
    • Have completed a HRSA-funded addiction medicine fellowship program
    • Have characteristics that indicate a likelihood the applicant will remain in a HPSA

Applications will also be reviewed and approved based on their HPSA score. Applicants currently serving or who will serve at a site with a higher HPSA score will be given preference.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Financial Aid for Healthcare Workforce

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other relevant information can be found on the program website. Submit an application through the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) portal.

Application and program guidance
Applicant webinar recording
Application checklist


For questions:
TTY at 877-897-9910
Online contact form
Bureau of Health Workforce Customer Service Portal

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce