Pennsylvania Association of

Community Health Centers

Supporting Pennsylvania's health centers in increasing access to quality primary health care for all

Options to Help You Deal with Your Debt

How can you qualify for vital loan repayment programs and scholarships? 

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As the cost of education increases, more and more healthcare providers are looking for ways to reduce their student loan debt. Providers who working in a Community Health Center can qualify for loan repayment options or can fulfill scholarship requirements.

You may want to explore these options:

Pennsylvania Primary Care Loan Repayment Program (LRP) offers physicians and dentists the opportunity to apply for up to $100,000 for full-time service and $50,000 half-time services, both for two-year terms. Other practitioners can apply for up to $60,000 full-time and $30,000 half-time, also for two years of service. Please check the list of qualified sites .

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment is also an option. All Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are automatically eligible sites. Successful applicants receive up to $50,000 for two years of full-time service and up to $25,000 for part-time service. Two other NHSC loan repayment programs are also now available. They are the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program and the NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program

The NHSC’s Students-to-Service (S2S) program for fourth-year medical and dental students is another loan repayment option worth considering if you’re still in school.

The NHSC Scholarship program is available to students committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an U.S. school training physicians (MD or DO), dentists, nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, and physician assistants. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) also offers the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program .

 If you want to talk through your options, contact Pennsylvania Primary Care Career Center staff Judd Mellinger-Blouch or Angela Marti.