The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP) allows licensed primary care clinicians in eligible disciplines to apply to receive loan repayment assistance. In exchange for this loan repayment, providers serve at least two years in an NHSC-approved site in a designated Heath Professional Shortage Area.
Health Professions Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are designated by HRSA as having shortages of primary care, dental care, or mental health providers and may be a geographic area (a county or service), a population (e.g., low income or Medicaid eligible) or a facility (e.g., federally qualified health centers, or state or federal prisons). The HPSA search aids with your loan repayment research.
Visit the Washington Student Achievement Council website (WSAC) to learn more about Washington Health Corps. WSAC administers the state health program (SHP) and the new behavioral health program (BHP).
WSAC also administers the federal health program (FHP), which is a federal grant–state match program, under Washington Health Corps. These two programs offer licensed health professionals in a variety of disciplines loan repayment in exchange for providers working at eligible sites.
Both programs are administered at the state level by the Washington Student Achievement Council. The Federal-State Loan Repayment Program uses matching federal grant funds for awards; Health Professional Loan Repayment Program uses only state dollars for awards.
The 2020 Nurse Corps LRP is expected to open in January 2020. Eligible Critical Shortage Facilities (CSFs) must be located in, designated as, or serving a mental health or primary medical care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).
To determine the eligibility of your CSFs, all potential applicants and administrators are encouraged to check and verify sites by using the Health Workforce Connector and the HPSA Find databases.
- The Health Workforce Connector is a searchable database for all Nurse Corps LRP approved service sites, including those with current job openings.
- The HPSA Find allows participants to find shortage areas by address. Include the street address, city, state and zip code. P.O. Box addresses cannot be used.
Eligibility: Facility administrators are invited to apply for eligibility annually in early December to CSF_Request@hrsa.gov. Notifications of facility eligibility are generally confirmed via email by the Nurse Corps staff in late December. All notifications will be sent to the email address initiating the request.
For additional information on CSFs and site types, read the 2019 Nurse Corps LRP Application and Program Guidance. Questions? Contact Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.
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.
Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are designated by HRSA as having shortages of primary care, dental care, or mental health providers and may be geographic (a county or service area), population (e.g., low income or Medicaid eligible) or facilities (e.g., federally qualified health centers, or state or federal prisons). The HPSA search can aid your loan repayment research.
Washington Resources Group (WRG) is a collaborative partnership that engages in direct recruitment efforts for healthcare facilities located in rural and underserved areas statewide. AHECWW is a member of the WRG, whose goal is to ensure that the healthcare system in Washington State has the professionals needed to help build healthy communities. WRG delivers presentations to students and residents regarding loan repayment options listed in this section. Loan repayment programs applications are offered annually. WRG manages the website for Washington Health Workforce Gateway.