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National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program

NHSC Loan Repayment Program
Number: 93.162
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
93.162 National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
Federal Agency (030):
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Authorization (040):
Section 338B of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 United States Code Section 254l-1), as amended; Section 331(i) of the PHS Act (42 USC 254d(i)), as amended by Section 10503 of the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148).
Objectives (050):
The National Health Service Corp (NHSC) Loan Repayment Programís objective is to increase the supply of primary care physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, behavioral and mental health professionals, certified nurse midwives, primary care nurse practitioners, physician assistants and, if needed by the NHSC, other health professionals in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) within the U.S.A and its territories by assisting the repayment of qualifying educational loans in return for service to populations located in HPSAs identified by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Types of Assistance (060):
DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Awards provide payments of up to $50,000 towards participants' qualified government and commercial health professions undergraduate and graduate education loans during the first 2 years of full time practice or 4 years of half time practice at a selected National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Service Site under a written agreement with this program. Health professions given priority for selection are those identified by communities.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Individuals are eligible to apply if they have (1) U.S. citizenship; (2) a health professions degree or are in professional practice (they must hold an unrestricted health professions license from the State in which they will be working, and be eligible for selection for a Federal civil service appointment, or hold an appointment as a commissioned officer in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service); (3) not had any judgment liens arising from Federal debt ; (4) not been excluded, debarred, suspended, or disqualified by a Federal agency; (5) not been in breach of a health professional service obligation to the Federal, State or local government and (6) no conflicting service obligation. Individuals must also participate or be eligible to participate as a provider in the Medicare, Medicaid, and Childrenís Health Insurance Programs, as appropriate. Refer to the NHSC Loan Repayment Program Guidance for specific requirements.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Primary care, oral health, and mental and behavioral health professions are eligible for the Loan Repayment Program (LRP). Specific specialties within these professions are selected for LRP awards based on community demand for health services.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants may receive additional information about the application process at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/applicationprocess/index.html
Award Procedure (093):
NHSC loan repayment awards are made based on the highest need as determined by descending health professional shortage area scores. Priority will be given to individuals whose training is in a health discipline or specialty determined by the Secretary for Health and Human Services to be needed by the NHSC and who the Secretary determines are committed to service in health professional shortage areas. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.
Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Approximately 120 Days.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Contract continuations will be considered according to the availability of appropriated funds and eligibility criteria applied to the individual and the site at which that individual is employed.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Loan repayments for 1 year of obligated service will be made no later than the end of the fiscal year in which the individual completes such year of service. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Direct Deposit in recipientsí accounts through Program Support Center (PSC).
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
The employing facility must complete and send a semi-annual In-Service Verification Form verifying that the participating health professional is providing service. The certification includes a signature by an appropriate official of the facility. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Audits (112):
Not Applicable.
Records (113):
Not applicable.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 12 Not Available(Exp: No program offered); FY 13 Estimate Not Available(Exp: No program offered); and FY 14 Estimate Not Available(Exp: No program offered)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Not Applicable.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Please see application process for NHSC LRP at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None. National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Branch, Division of National Health Service Corps, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-37, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 594-4400. Public Information Phone: (1-800) 221-9393.
Headquarters Office (152):
Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-37, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4400
Website Address (153):
http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Priority will be given to applicants whose training is in a health or specialty profession determined by the Secretary to be needed by NHSC.