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Scholarship and Financial Aid Information.

>> Loan Repayment Programs

The National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health has several scholarship and loan repayment programs available for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Please visit their website to get additional info:

Loan repayment Program: http://www.lrp.nih.gov/

Postdoctoral Fellowships & Subspeciality Clinical Fellowships: http://www.training.nih.gov/

Undergraduate Scholarship Program: http://ugsp.info.nih.gov/


Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
Department of Health and Human Services

The Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP) offers registered nurses substantial assistance to repay educational loans in exchange for service in eligible facilities located in areas experiencing a shortage of nurses. Authorized by Section 846 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the purpose of the NELRP is to assist in the recruitment and retention of professional nurses dedicated to providing health care to underserved populations.

Individual Eligibility Requirements

NELRP participants must meet the following eligibility requirements by the FY 2006 application due date, March 30, 2006:

  • Have received a baccalaureate or associate degree in nursing (or an equivalent degree), a diploma in nursing or a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing in a State
  • Have outstanding qualifying loans obtained for nursing education leading to a degree or diploma in nursing as specified above
  • Have completed the nursing education program for which the loan balance applies
  • Are a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Are employed full time (32 hours or more per week) at a critical shortage facility
  • Have a current permanent unrestricted license as an RN in the State in which you intends to practice or be authorized to practice in that State pursuant to the Nurse Licensure Compact and
  • Have submitted a complete NELRP Application, a signed NELRP Contract, supplemental forms and all required documentation by 5 pm ET, March 30, 2006.

Individuals not eligible to participate in NELRP include those who:

  • Have a judgment lien against your property for a debt owed to the United States. Such individual is precluded from receiving Federal funds (including NELRP funds), until the judgment lien has been paid in full
  • Have a service obligation (see Application Kit > Definition of Terms) that will not be satisfied by the NELRP application due date, March 30, 2006
  • Have breached an obligation for professional service to a Federal, State, or local government entity
  • Are currently in default of a Federal debt (e.g., student loans, delinquent taxes, etc.)
  • Work for a nurse staffing agency or travel nurse agency
  • Work on an "as needed" basis, this usually includes PRNs, Pool Nurses, or a person who is not scheduled in a full-time capacity by NELRP definition
  • Have a temporary or inactive RN license
  • Are a licensed practical/vocational nurse
  • Are a nursing faculty member employed full-time in an educational institution or
  • Are self-employed.

Length of Service Obligation

All NELRP participants must enter into a contract agreeing to work full time in an approved eligible health facility. For two years of service, the NELRP will pay 60 percent of the participant's total qualifying loan balance; for three years of service, the NELRP will pay 85 percent of the participant's total qualifying loan balance. A participant who agrees to serve two years may be eligible to amend the NELRP contract and work a third year at an eligible health facility, for which the NELRP will pay an additional 25 percent of the qualifying loan balance.

For more information, call NELRP toll-free 866-813-3753 or e-mail NELRP@hrsa.gov

Or contact program staff:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration
Nurse Education Loan Repayment Program
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9-36
Rockville, Maryland 20857
Phone: (301) 443-3232
Fax: (301) 443-0791
Web: http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/loanrepay.htm


National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program

The NHSC continually seeks clinicians dedicated to working with our Nation's underserved. We have created a program to connect these unique individuals with the communities that need them, and to support them during their initial time of service. Fully trained health professionals who are dedicated to working with the underserved and have qualifying educational loans are eligible to compete for repayment of those loans if they choose to serve in a community of greatest need. In addition to loan repayment, these clinicians receive a competitive salary, some tax relief benefits, and a chance to have a significant impact on a community.

To be eligible for the Loan Repayment Program (LRP), you must be a fully trained:

  • Allopathic or osteopathic physician specializing in family medicine, general pediatrics, general internal medicine, general psychiatry, or obstetrics/gynecology
  • Primary care nurse practitioner
  • Primary care physician assistant
  • Certified nurse-midwife
  • Dentist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Mental or behavioral health professional (clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and psychiatric nurse specialist)

Other eligibility requirements include:

  • Be free of judgment liens arising from Federal debt
  • Have no other existing service commitment
  • Serve full time (40 hours a week) in the clinical practice of your profession
  • Commit to providing primary care service in a priority health professional shortage area for a minimum of 2 years
  • Be a U.S. citizen with a valid, unrestricted license and/or certificate for the State where you plan to practice

Maximum repayment during the required initial 2-year contract is $25,000 each year. You may be eligible to continue your loan repayment beyond 2 years, 1 year at a time, to the extent you have unpaid qualifying educational loans and continue to serve at an eligible site. One-year amendments are awarded for a maximum of $35,000 per year.

Clinicians choose their practice site before applying to the NHSC LRP, allowing maximum flexibility to match the right clinicians with the right communities. However, employment at a site does not guarantee participation in the NHSC LRP.


Phone: (800) 221-9393
Web: http://nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov/get_involved/lrp.html
E-mail: nhsc@hrsa.gov


Health professions scholarships for Native Americans

The Indian Health Service has recently announced the availability of $3.7 million in health professions scholarship funds for fiscal year 2004. The grants are intended to encourage American Indians and Alaska natives to enter the health professions and to assure the availability of Native American health professionals to serve their communities. Approximately 200 awards will be made under the Health Professions Preparatory and Pregraduate Scholarship Programs for Indians, where the average award for a full-time student is about $20,000. Approximately 240 awards will be made under the Indian Health Scholarship Program, for which the average award for a full-time student is about $23,500. The application deadline is Feb. 28, 2004. For more information visit http://www.ihs.gov/JobsCareerDevelop/DHPS/index.asp


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