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Posted .....1/20/2017

The 2017 NHSC Loan Repayment Program is now open and accepting applications through Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. ET!


2017 Application and Program Guidance
(PDF -401 KB) has the detailed information you need to apply, including eligibility requirements, site information, documentation, and service requirements. Please read carefully before you start your Loan Repayment Program application.

 

Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. The payment is free from Federal income tax and is made at the beginning of service, so you can quickly pay down your loans. After completing your initial service commitment, you can apply to extend your service and receive additional loan repayment assistance. The amount you receive and length of your commitment depends on where you serve (service at sites in higher need areas yields greater loan repayments). It also depends on whether you select the full-time or half-time option. 

 

Application Help

NHSC will host a webinar and conference calls to review the program requirements and answer applicant questions. Dates and times will be sent via email. 

 

The 2017 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on February 23, 2017. Click here to apply now.

The purpose of the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (NURSE Corps LRP) is to assist in the recruitment and retention of professional registered nurses (RNs), including advanced practice RNs (APRNs), who are dedicated to working in eligible health care facilities with a critical shortage of nurses or eligible schools of nursing. We support RNs, APRNs, and nurse faculty by paying up to 85% of their unpaid nursing education debt.

 

Webinar and Technical Assistance Calls

Watch a pre-recorded webinar.

Join Technical Assistance Call:

Thursday, February 16 

7:00-9:00 p.m. ET
Dial in: 800-369-1747
Passcode: 4128441

 


NHSC Scholarship Program Application Cycle Now Open!

Accepting applications through April 28, 7:30 p.m. ET

2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 433 KB) has the detailed information you need to apply. Please read carefully before you start your Scholarship

Program application. You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines:

  • Physicians (MD or DO)
  • Dentists
  • Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Physician Assistants

The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community. For each year of financial support (up to four years), the student agrees to serve one year (minimum two years) at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community across the nation.

 

Service begins upon graduation (and completion of primary care residency training for doctors and dentists). The NHSC helps scholars find a practice site that is right for them. When in service, scholars earn a market-rate salary, paid by the employing facility. Scholarship payments other than the living stipend are federal income tax-free.

 

The Scholarship Program accepts applications once each year. Applicants chosen to receive the scholarship are notified no later than September 30.

Resources:

 

NHSC Scholarship Program Technical Assistance Conference Call
April 14, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET
Number: 1-888-566-6151 Passcode: 9730122


NHSC Loan Repayment Application Now Open

Accepting applications through April 5, 7:30 p.m. ET

2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF -401 KB) has the detailed information you need to apply. Please read carefully before you start your Loan Repayment Program application.

Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. The payment is free from Federal income tax and is made at the beginning of service so you can more quickly pay down your loans. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas.

After completing your initial service commitment, you can apply to extend your service and receive additional loan repayment assistance.

The amount you receive and length of your commitment depends on where you serve (service at sites in higher need areas yields greater loan repayments). It also depends on whether you select the full-time or half-time option. See the 2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 401 KB) for details. See if your site is already approved at the NHSC Jobs Center.

The NHSC gives priority consideration to eligible applicants whose NHSC-approved site(s) has a HPSA score of 26 to 14, in descending order, until funding is exhausted.

NHSC Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance Conference Calls
February 25, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET
March 10, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET
Dial in: 1-888-566-6151
Participant passcode: 4221465

 

2015 NHSC Scholarship Application cycle is Now Open!

The 2015 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program application cycle is now open and will close on May 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM ET. Please refer to the 2015 Application and Program Guidance for all of the program requirements.  

If you have any questions, you may contact:


Natalie (Brown) Morrison
Indiana Primary Health Care Association
Phone: (317) 630-0845
Fax: (317) 630-0849
nmorrison@indianapca.org

2015 NHSC New Site Application cycle opens March 31st!

The 2015 Cycle for the NHSC New Site applications will open March 31, 2015. You can find eligibility information on the NHSC website. The application is available until June 2, 2015 and can be initiated here.

In order to apply to become an NHSC-approved site, a facility must submit an NHSC Site Application through the NHSC’s Customer Service Portal. For the upcoming application cycle, only sites that have never been approved as NHSC sites are eligible to apply. Previously-approved NHSC sites will have an opportunity to recertify in fall 2015. The NHSC encourages eligible sites to apply as early as possible. On average the site application cycle can take 2-3 weeks from start to finish.

Before applying to become an NHSC-approved site, make sure that your facility qualifies by closely reviewing the NHSC’s Site Reference Guide. Please note that auto-approved sites do not need to apply but must contact the Regional Office staff found on page two of the “Resources in Your Community” document to add new sites to the NHSC system of record. Auto-approved site types are listed in the NHSC’s Site Reference Guide.

It is an exciting time to become an NHSC-approved site. The benefits include access to:
  • NHSC Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program providers who are currently seeking employment at NHSC-approved sites;
  • the NHSC Jobs Center, where NHSC-approved sites post job openings and site profiles, which attracts over 22,000 unique visitors each month; and
  • NHSC Virtual Job Fairs, which enable NHSC-approved sites the opportunity to recruit providers in a cost effective manner since interaction is facilitated online via the internet and phone.

The 2015 NHSC Loan Repayment Program.

The 2015 cycle of the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program application is open until March 30, 2015.

To help ensure that the communities with the greatest need are supported, qualified applicants working in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) with the highest scores as of January 1, 2015, will be given priority. With continued service, NHSC providers may be able to pay off all of their student loans.

For more information please visit the National Health Service Corps website.

 

 

The 2014 NHSC Loan Repayment Program is Now Closed!


The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is pleased to announce that the 2014 NHSC Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open. The application cycle will close on March 20th at 7:30 pm ET.

To help ensure that the communities with the greatest need are supported, qualified applicants working in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) with the highest scores as of January 1, 2014, will be given priority. With continued service, NHSC providers may be able to pay off all of their student loans.

Initial awards amounts are as follows:

Initial Award Amounts 2 Years Full-time 2 Years Half-time
Loan Repayment Award
(HPSA Score of 14 and above)
$50,000 $25,000
Loan Repayment Award
(HPSA Score of 14 and below)
$30,000 $15,000

The Program is expected to be competitive.  On average, it takes a few weeks to complete an application so please begin the process early. It is suggested that you start gathering required documentation as soon as possible.

Technical assistance webcasts and conference calls have been scheduled to address questions.  Please mark your calendars for the following webcast and conference calls:

  • Webcast: Wed, January 29 at 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Conference Call: Wed, February 5 at 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Conference Call: Wed, February 12 at 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET
We appreciate your continued support in helping us to spread the word!

(posted 1/9/2014)

 

Extend Your Service with the NHSC


As a current National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program participant, you may be eligible to extend your service for one year and receive additional support to pay down the educational debt that we approved with your last contract, if you are approved for a fiscal year 2014 Continuation Contract. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must meet strict program criteria and apply during your pre-assigned open application cycle.

Similar to your initial or most recent application, participants must be eligible to apply. Detailed requirements for applying, instructions and a list of supporting documentation can be found on the NHSC website on the Current Member pages. You must meet the following basic program requirements and ensure that you are currently in good standing with your NHSC contract and service commitment. Only participants who have maintained a satisfactory service status will be awarded a 2014 Continuation Contract:

  • Currently working at the NHSC-approved clinical practice site(s) listed on your NHSC participant profile
  • Have consistently submitted ALL In-Service Verifications (ISV) required at this point in your service
  • Any transfer, reassignment or suspension requests have been submitted and approved by the NHSC
  • Request for a service-type conversion from full-time to half-time, effective during your current service period, has been submitted and approved by the NHSC
  • Applied all previous disbursed NHSC Loan Repayment Program award funds to reduce the outstanding balances of the educational loans that were approved by the NHSC with your last contract
  • Upload your supporting documentation to the appropriate sections of the application and submit online by your application cycle deadline
As a program participant, you have a specific period of time to apply for an NHSC Continuation Contract. Your application cycle is based on the estimated end date of your current contract. The table below provides the estimated end-dates and the timeframes to apply. Participants who do not submit a complete application during their assigned application cycle will not be considered for a Continuation Contract:

If your NHSC service commitment will be complete between… You must apply for an NHSC Continuation Contract between…
September 30, 2013 and December 30, 2013 August 6, 2013 and September 5, 2013
December 31, 2013 and April 29, 2014 November 12, 2013 and December 12, 2013
April 30, 2014 and July 30, 2014 February 4, 2014 and March 6, 2014
July 31, 2014 and September 29, 2014 May 6, 2014 and June 5, 2014


You will receive communication with additional instructions regarding how and when to begin your application for your Fiscal Year 2014 Continuation Contract. In the event that your application cycle changes you will be notified immediately, therefore, it is imperative that you check your Customer Service Portal and e-mail accounts regularly.

You are required to submit a complete application within your designated application cycle in order to be considered for an NHSC Continuation Contract. Incomplete applications cannot be reviewed and will not be funded.

If you have any concerns regarding the NHSC Continuation Contract application process, please post your questions via the Customer Service Portal.

(posted 6/20/2013)

 

The 2013 NHSC Scholarship Program Update


The 2013 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program application cycle is now open! The application cycle will remain open through May 14, 2013. The Application and Program Guidance can be found on the NHSC Website and contains all of the requirements and program details. Highlights of 2013 NHSC Scholarship Program:

  • The NHSC Scholarship Program removes the burden of overwhelming educational debt, allowing health professions students to pursue their passion for primary care and serving the underserved.
  • For each year of financial support (up to four years) a Scholarship recipient serves one year (minimum two years) in an NHSC-approved site in high-need urban, rural, and frontier communities across the nation.
  • Scholarship support includes tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a monthly living stipend (taxable).
  • All students applying to the program must be a U.S. citizen or national and enrolled or accepted in an eligible degree program at a U.S. accredited school in Medicine: MD or DO; Dentistry: DMD or DDS; Nurse Practitioner (Adult, Family, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Psychiatric, or Women’s health); Certified Nurse-Midwife; and Physician Assistant.
As in previous years, the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program will be competitive. If there are more qualified applicants than available funding, the NHSC will continue to prioritize applicants who are from a disadvantaged background and applicants who demonstrate a commitment to continuing to serve communities of need after their service to the NHSC is complete.

If you have any questions about the program you may call the Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393 or e-mail gethelp@hrsa.gov.

(posted 3/22/2013)

2013 Loan Repayment Application Now Open!


The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) has opened its 2013 application cycle! The application cycle will be open through April 16, 2013. To help ensure that the communities with the greatest need are supported, qualified applicants working in Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) with the highest scores as of January 1, 2013, will be given funding preference. With continued service, NHSC providers may be able to pay off all of their student loans. Initial awards amounts are as follows:
  2 Years Full-time 4 Years Half-time 2 Years Half-time
Providers at Sites with HPSA Score 14+ as of January 1, 2013 Up to $60,000 Up to $60,000 Up to $30,000
Providers at Sites with HPSA Score 0-13 as of January 1, 2013 Up to $40,000 Up to $40,000 Up to $20,000

The processing of applications for the 2013 NHSC Loan Repayment Program application cycle will begin after the program closes on April 16, 2013. Applicants should ensure that the application they submit is complete and includes all requested information. A couple new features for 2013 is the ability to withdraw a submitted application prior to the closing date, if changes are necessary and an online Employment Verification for NHSC sites, which must be completed prior to submission.

If you have questions about the FY 2013 Loan Repayment Application cycle you may call our Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393 or e-mail gethelp@hrsa.gov.

(posted 2/12/2013)


What is the National Health Service Corps?

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a division of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.  The purpose of the NHSC is to match communities in need with compassionate health professionals, and to thereby support efforts to strengthen systems of care. Helping medically underserved communities recruit and retain qualified health professionals is the driving force of this program, in turn rewarding these health professionals for their service.

How did the National Health Service Corps start?

The NHSC was created due to the health care crises that emerged in the U.S. during the 1950s and 1960s. Physicians who served rural communities began to retire, leaving many areas of the country without health care services. Several factors contributed to the crises including the increasing specialized nature of medical practices and rapid technological advances. Smaller proportions of medical students entered family medicine. Rural areas and inner-city neighborhoods competed unsuccessfully with affluent medical practices that offered higher compensation, more interaction with other professionals, and job opportunities for spouses. Rural communities lacked resources to provide the technologically sophisticated facilities that many physicians desired. In 1970 rural states appealed to Congress for help thus establishing what is now known as the National Health Service Corps.

How does the National Health Service Corps work?

The following health professionals are eligible to participate in the NHSC Scholar Program:

  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Primary Care Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Primary Care Physician Assistants
  • Dentists

Those receiving NHSC Scholarships are required to commit to sites with a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Score – an index of unmet need for health care professionals – of 14 or above for Primary Care, 17 or above for Dental Care, and 18 or above for Mental Care for a service contract equal to the term of the Scholarship award (minimum 2 years).

The following health professionals are eligible to participate in the NHSC Loan Repayment Program:

  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Primary Care Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Primary Care Physician Assistants
  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Professionals

Health professionals already employed at an approved NHSC site are eligible to apply for the Loan Repayment Program.  Loan Repayors must be fully trained, licensed, and employed at the time of their application and are required to sign a contract for a minimum of 2 years.  At the end of this contact, they are eligible to reapply for additional Loan Repayment.

What are the site requirements for the National Health Service Corps?

  • Located in a federally designated HPSA.
  • Documentation of sound fiscal management.
  • Use a sliding fee schedule or other documented methods to reduce fees that ensure no financial barriers to care exist.
  • Proof of the capacity to maintain a competitive salary, benefits, and malpractice coverage package.
  • Provide health care services at no charge, or at a nominal charge, to patients whose incomes are at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. NHSC sites utilize different practices to ensure that no barriers to care exist, including establishing a schedule of discounts based on patients' ability to pay.
  • Accept assignments under the Medicare program.
  • Enter into an appropriate agreement with the State agency administering the Medicaid program.
  • Enter into an appropriate agreement with the State agency administering the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
  • Prominently advertise a statement that explicitly communicates the fact that no one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay. In accordance with the breadth and scope of the NHSC service area, when applicable, this signage should be translated into the appropriate language/dialect.

The National Health Service Corps by the numbers

  • More than 27,000 health professionals have served with NHSC since 1972.
  • Currently over 4,600 NHSC clinicians serve in rural and urban communities nationwide, serving 5 million people.
  • NHSC practitioner retention rates have averaged 76% to 80%
  • There are currently 5 Primary Care Scholars and 1 Dental Care Scholar serving in Indiana.
  • There are over 50 clinicians across all disciplines currently receiving Loan Repayment in Indiana.

Resources

The National Health Service Corps
NHSC Scholarship Program
NHSC Loan Repayment Program

NHSC Site Application Information
Find out if you are located in a HPSA Designation



For more information about this program, please contact:

Natalie (Brown) Morrison
Indiana Primary Health Care Association
Phone: (317) 630-0845
Fax: (317) 630-0849
nmorrison@indianapca.org