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NHSC Loan Repayment Program

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC), a component of the Health Resources and Services Administration, is charged with recruiting health care professionals for communities that lack access to primary health care. The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (NHSC/LRP) is authorized by Section 338B of the Public Health Service Act [42 United States Code 2541-1], as amended November 16,1990, by Public Law 101-597. The NHSC/LRP's implementing regulations are found at Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 621, Subpart B.

The NHSC Loan Repayment Program provides funds to repay loans incurred by health care professionals who agree to a 2-year commitment to provide primary health care services in priority health professional shortage areas (HPSAs).


<> > Provide up to $50,000 for loan repayment for eligible program participants
  > Allocate up to $35,000 for loan repayments for each additional year of service for program participants meeting extension requirements
  > Provide an additional 39 percent of the total loan repayments made during the taxable year involved for tax liabilities incurred
  > Ensure program participants of a competitive salary and benefits

Assist priority HPSAs in meeting their critical need for fully trained:

<> > Physicians specializing in family medicine, general pediatrics, general internal medicine, general psychiatry, and obstetrics/gynecology
  > Primary care nurse practitioners and certified nurse-midwives
  > Primary care physician assistants

Dentists and dental hygienists

  > Other health care professionals including clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurse specialists, and marriage and family therapists.