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National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (NHSC S2S LRP)



Application Deadline: Dec 7, 2023


Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Provides funding for loan repayment to students in their last year of pursuing a degree in allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, nursing, or dentistry in exchange for service commitments providing primary care services at National Health Service Corps (NHSC)-approved sites in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in rural and urban areas of greatest need upon the completion of their residency.

Eligible medical and dental health professional students include:

  • Physicians (MD or DO)
  • Dentists (DDS or DMD)
  • Nurse practitioners (NP)
  • Physician assistants (PA)
  • Certified nurse midwives (CNM)

NHSC Student to Service LRP fact sheet

Amount of Funding

A maximum of $120,000 in 4 annual installments for 3 years of full-time clinical practice for providers servings at an NHSC-approved site in a HPSA upon the completion of training.

Upon the completion of the initial 3-year service contract, an individual may be eligible to apply for additional loan repayment funds to pay any remaining educational loans through 1-year continuation contracts.

In fiscal year 2024, the NHSC S2S LRP is offering a supplemental award of up to $40,000 in 4 annual installments to physicians specializing in family medicine who practice obstetrics on a regular basis or obstetrics and gynecology, and certified nurse midwives (CNM) who provide health care services in Maternity Care Target Areas.

Additional service obligation information is available online.

Who Can Apply

Applicants must work in a medical or dental approved discipline and specialty to be eligible for this program and meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national
  • Be pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), or Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree at 1 of the following accredited schools located in a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory:
    • A school of allopathic medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education sponsored by the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges
    • A school of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
    • A school of dentistry accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Be pursuing a Nurse practitioner (NP), Certified nurse midwife (CNM), or Physician assistant (PA) degree
    • NP degrees must be from a school accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and lead to national certification as an NP
    • CNM degrees must be from a school accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation and lead to national certification by the American Midwifery Certification Board
    • PA degrees must be from a school accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, with the affiliated school accredited by a U.S. Department of Education nationally recognized regional or state institutional accrediting agency, and lead to national certification as a PA
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in the last year of medical or dental school with a graduation date before July 1, 2024, or as a health professional school for NP, PA, or CNM with a graduation date before August 31, 2024
  • Be eligible to hold an appointment as a Commissioned Officer of the Public Health Service or as a federal civil servant
  • Submit a complete application

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
Application checklist
Applicant webinar recording


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

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce