NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
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The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (NURSE Corps LRP) assists in the recruitment and retention of professional Registered Nurses (RNs) and advanced practice RNs (i.e., nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists). The program offers substantial financial assistance to eligible RNs to repay a portion of their qualifying educational loans in exchange for full-time service either at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses or at an accredited eligible school of nursing in the case of nurse faculty.
What are the benefits of NHSC LRP?
In exchange for a minimum 2-year service commitment at a critical shortage facility located in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or accredited eligible school of nursing:
- Service. Participants will join thousands of RNs, NPs, and nurse faculty across the nation to meet the health care needs of underserved communities while ensuring a strong and sustainable nursing workforce for the future.
- Loan Repayment. NURSE Corps LRP will provide funds to participants to repay a portion of their outstanding qualifying educational loans. Participants receive the following benefits:
- 60 Percent of Total Qualifying Nursing Educational Loan Balance. For an initial two-year service commitment, NURSE Corps LRP will pay participants a total of 60 percent (30 percent each year) of their total outstanding qualifying educational loan balance incurred while pursuing an education in nursing, as of the effective date of the two-year contract.
- An Additional 25 Percent of Total Qualifying Nursing Educational Loan Balance. For a third, optional, year of service, subject to the availability of funds, NURSE Corps LRP will pay participants 25 percent of their original total qualifying educational loan balance, as of the effective date of their initial two-year contract.
NOTICE: The NURSE Corps loan repayment award is subject to Federal taxes.
What are Critical Shortage Facilities?
Nurse Corps members work at many different types of public or private nonprofit Critical Shortage Facilities located in a designated primary care or mental Health Professional Shortage Area. Those include:
- Federally Qualified Health Center*
- Indian Health Service Health Center*
- Native Hawaiian Health Center*
- Rural Health Clinic*
- Public Health Clinic*
- Disproportionate Share Hospitals*
- Critical Access Hospitals*
- Non-Disproportionate Share Hospitals*
- Skilled Nursing facility*
- Nursing Home
- Ambulatory Surgical Center
- Home Health Agency
- State or Local Public Health or Human Services Department*
* Facility receives funding preference for loan repayment
For more information, please visit the federal Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program.
- NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Fact Sheet
- NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Application and Program Guidance
- Bureau of Clinician Recruitment & Service Portal to apply for the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
Additional Recruitment and Retention Assistance
ADHS partners with the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet) to provide assistance to physicians and other health care professionals with recruitment and retention to rural and underserved areas throughout Arizona. 3RNet is also a free and valuable resource for healthcare facilities.
By registering through the 3RNet, healthcare facilities are able to post current job openings and receive resources including trainings and technical assistance from the 3RNet to help guide and support efforts in recruitment and retention of providers that best meet their needs.
For technical assistance on becoming a NURSE Corps provider or for any other technical assistance needs about the program, please email the Workforce Programs.