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ARRA - National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services


To increase the supply of primary care physicians, dentists, dental hygienist, behavioral and mental health professionals, certified nurse midwives, primary care nurse practitioners, certified family nurse practitioners, and physician assistants and, if needed by the National Health Service Corps, other health professionals in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) within the U.S.A and itÂ’s territories by assisting the repayment of qualifying educational loans in return for service to populations located health professional shortage areas identified by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Funding obligations:

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 09 $37,087,055; FY 10 est $93,195,000; FY 11 est $53,730,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Awards provide an initial payment of up to $50,000 towards participants' qualified government and commercial health professions undergraduate and graduate education loans in return for providing 2 years of clinical service at an approved NHSC community site(s). NHSC LRP participants in good-standing may have an opportunity to request, payments of up to $35,000 a year for a 3rd and 4th subsequent year, payments of up to $25,000 a year for a 5th subsequent year, payments of up to $20,000 a year for a 6th subsequent year , and, payments of up to $15,000 for a 7th subsequent year and beyond may be available to continue their service obligation at an approved NHSC community. Health professions given priority for selection are those identified by communities.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:

Direct Payments for Specified Use

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

New awards range from $5,000 to $50,000, with an average award being $44,703.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Initial loan repayment awards require a minimum 2 year service obligation. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantee drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Applicant Eligibility:

See above.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

See above.

Award Procedure:

NHSC loan repayment awards are made based on the highest need as determined by descending health professional shortage area scores. Preference is given to qualified applications with documented disadvantaged background and/or exceptional financial need status and will be funded regardless of HPSA score. Priority will be given to individuals whose training is in a health discipline or specialty determined by the Secretary for Health and Human Services to be needed by the NHSC and who the Secretary determines are committed to service in health professional shortage areas. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Lisa Walsh, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11-03, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: (301) 443-0197.

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