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2017 NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle is Now Open!

August 16, 2016

Are you a medical or dental student in your final year of school? 

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.

Application Guidance

2017 Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 491 KB) has the detailed information you need to apply. Please read carefully before you start your application.

Accepting applications through October 13, 7:30 p.m. ET


Students to Service loan repayment award recipients receive up to $120,000 (tax free) for at least three years of full-time service at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) of greatest need. Upon completion of residency for medical students (dental residency is encouraged but not required), recipients serve as primary care providers in an NHSC-approved site in a HPSA of greatest need.

Technical Assistance

Application and Program Guidance Webinar
(Thursday, September 8 from 7-9 p.m. ET)

Technical Assistance Call & Online Chat
(Thursday, September 29 from 7-9 p.m. ET)

(Access info is the same for both events)

Number: 1-888-324-4392
Passcode: 1058390

Plan Ahead

The program is expected to be competitive. Please note that applicants who have federally-serviced loans will need to create a FSA ID before beginning the application process.


Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy – July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016

What’s New

Awards to Expand Training for Health Professions.  On July 20th, the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $149 million in grants to increase the number of clinicians practicing across the country. The funds will support training programs in primary care, nursing, and psychology with emphasis on rural and underserved communities. In the most recent reporting year, BHW training programs provided clinical experience in more than 11,000 training sites in rural areas and supported more than 180,000 students from rural areas.

$36 Million for Health Information Technology.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced new awards for Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN), which use technology to coordinate care for patients and achieve cost efficiencies.  Five of the 41 awards went to rural areas and will help the HCCNs participate in the Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan.

Telehealth to Treat Opioid Abuse in Rural Areas.  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced a $9 million dollar investment to help primary care practices in rural areas provide treatment for people with opioid addiction.  The initiative will bring Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), an approach that uses both medication and behavioral therapy, to more than 20,000 patients.  Using a telehealth program called Project ECHO, remote practitioners will get expert training and consultation from specialists at academic hubs.  AHRQ’s plan is to build a blueprint for how other rural communities can overcome the barriers of ensuring access to treatment.


Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy – July 5, 2016

July 6, 2016

What’s New

Telemedicine Funding to Address Opioid EpidemicThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced nearly $1.4 million for rural areas in the Appalachian region hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic.   The funds will support five projects using telemedicine to expand access to mental health and drug addiction treatment in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.  It is the first part in a series of Distance Learning and Telemedicine projects administered by USDA specifically to address the opioid crisis; the agency has been tasked by the White House Rural Council with leading the federal response.


Grant Opportunity

May 31, 2016

Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Underrepresented Communities

The National Park Service announces the availability of grants to support the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks. Applications due July 15.

Funding Opportunity

May 25, 2016

View the funding opportunity.

Faculty Loan Repayment Program Now Open!

May 25, 2016

Application cycle is open

The 2016 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on June 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Read the 2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 374 KB) carefully before you start your 2016 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application.

Technical Assistance

Participate in the Faculty Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance Conference Call:
Date/Time: June 9 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Dial-in: 1-888-982-4610
Passcode: 2741206

About the program

The Faculty Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment to individuals who have an interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member in a health professions school. Program applicants must be from a disadvantaged background, have an eligible health professions degree or certificate, and have an employment commitment as a faculty member at an approved health professions institution for a minimum of two-years.


Program participants receive funds (up to $40,000 for two-years of service) to repay the outstanding principal and interest of qualifying educational loans. The qualifying educational loans must be obtained prior to the application deadline of June 30, 2016.

Funding Preferences

To obtain funding preference an applicant must:

  • Be employed full-time or part-time at an eligible health professions school
  • Submit a written agreement that the school will match the award payment from the Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Apply Now

Video: 2016 Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Learn More
Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 374 KB)
Faculty Loan Repayment Fact Sheet (PDF – 240 KB)

(TTY: 1-877-897-9910)
Weekdays (except Federal holidays), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

2016 NHSC New Site Application Cycle is Now Open!

April 12, 2016

View the HRSA bulletin.