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Debt relief: Application window open for NHSC loan repayment programs

Earn up to $50,000 for loan repayment for practicing in underserved areas and up to $75,000 for providing substance use disorder treatment.


The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is accepting applications for its 2019 loan repayment programs now through Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET. Two programs offer debt relief to physicians.

NHSC loan repayment program

The NHSC loan repayment program offers loan repayment of up to $50,000 to primary care clinicians in eligible disciplines in exchange for at least two years of service at an NHSC-approved site, located in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area. Apply here.

Find more details regarding eligibility and requirements here.

New: Substance use disorder loan repayment program

New in 2019, this program offers up to $75,000 in student loan repayment in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide substance use disorder treatment at an NHSC-approved site. Apply here. Find more information here.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants if they:

  • Have a DATA 2000 waiver;
  • Serve in an opioid treatment program; or
  • Are licensed or certified in substance use disorder interventions.

To check if your employer is an approved site, visit the Health Workforce Connector.

Application window

The application window for both programs is open now through Feb. 21, 2019, at 7:30 pm ET.

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