NHSC Loan Repayment Application Cycle Now Open

A new application cycle is now open for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program.

The program, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, offers primary care medical, dental and mental health clinicians up to $60,000 to repay student loans in exchange for two years of service in medically underserved communities.

Corps members are required to practice full time for two years, or part time for four years, at an NHSC-approved site. Some of the approved sites include rural and Indian Health Service clinics, public health department clinics, hospital-affiliated primary care practices, managed care networks, prisons, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sites.

According to a press release issued by Health and Human Services, "The NHSC sites are located in some of the most geographically isolated and economically distressed areas of the country," said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, PhD., RN. "The health care professionals who answer this call to serve in the NHSC will join thousands of dedicated primary care clinicians who bring quality health care to underserved communities and vulnerable populations."

For more information on the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, visit http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment.