National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
The federal program that supports primary care, dental, and mental health professionals in exchange for service in
high need areas. The NHSC has three programs: NHSC Loan Repayment, NHSC Students to Service, and NHSC
You must be designated as an NHSC-approved site to qualify for these programs. Learn more about becoming an
NHSC-approved site here:http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/sites/index.html
NHSC Loan Repayment
An employee already has a job with your facility and applies to receive ‘x’ amount per year(s) toward their eligible
student loan debt. You must be an NHSC-approved site to qualify for this program.
Eligible providers: Medical Primary Care Allopathic and Osteopathic Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Certified nurse
Midwives, Physician Assistants; Dental Primary Care: Doctors of Dental Surgery, Doctors of Medicine in Dentistry,
Registered Dental Hygienists; Mental and Behavioral Health Primary Care: Allopathic and Osteopathic Physicians
- Psychiatry, Health Service Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors,
Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners - Mental Health, Physician
Assistants - Mental Health
NHSC Students to Service
A final-year medical or dental student, already committed to primary care, receives loan repayment during their
residency in exchange for a three-year service obligation after completion.
Eligible providers: Medical Primary Care Allopathic and Osteopathic Physicians (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine,
Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, or Psychiatry) or Dental Students (DDS, DMD) in their final year of school.
NHSC pays for your medical or dental education in exchange for service in an area of highest need for a certain
amount of time. A NHSC scholar must commit to this program, and a primary care specialty, during their schooling.
NHSC pays for tuition, fees, and reasonable living expenses while attending school. This is the most ‘restrictive’ of
the NHSC programs, meaning the penalties for backing out of the commitment are the most severe.
Eligible providers are students accepted to or enrolled in an accredited training program for: Physicians (MD or DO),
Dentists, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives, Physician Assistants
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment
An employee already has a job as a registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, or nursing faculty. They
apply for loan repayment and receive payment for a percent of their unpaid nursing student loans in exchange for
working in an eligible public or non-profit facility located in a HPSA or in an accredited nursing school.
More information:http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/nursing/ Eligible critical shortage facilities can be found here: http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/nursing/index. html
NURSE Corps Scholarship
NURSE Corps pays for nursing education (includes tuition and fees) while attending an accredited school of nursing
in exchange for service in an area of need for a certain amount of time.
Common Loan Repayment Programs