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Loan Repayment Resources

Loan Repayment and Scholarship Options

Community Health Centers offer a rich and rewarding experience for health professionals committed to primary care and interested in improving the health of medically underserved populations. But because the cost of medical school and other health professional training is so high, some may hesitate to go into this area of practice.

Fortunately there are several programs that make it easier to work in a Community Health Center and still be able to afford training in eligible primary care disciplines-medicine (MD or DO), dentistry, family nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife or physician assistant- and in nursing.

All programs are competitive.

Loan Forgiveness Programs in Minnesota

The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care offers several loan forgiveness (repayment) programs to health care students or residents. Minnesota loan forgiveness applications available May 3, 2010.

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/orhpc/funding/loans/state.html
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/orhpc/funding/loans/index.html

National Health Service Corp (NHSC)

The National Health Service Corp offers possibilities for both scholarships during medical school and loan repayment after going into the workforce. Both are premised upon committing to working in a Health Professional Shortage Area.

http://www.nhsc.hrsa.gov/

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

NURSE Corps repays 60 percent of the qualifying nursing educational loan balance of Registered Nurses (RNs) in exchange for 2 years of service at a critical shortage facility. Participants may be eligible to work a third year and receive an additional 25 percent of the qualifying nursing educational loan balance.

http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/nursing/