To qualify health professionals must be fully licensed to practice their discipline and specialty.
Practice sites eligible for loan repayment must be located within shortage areas designated for each specialty. A list of eligible disciplines and shortage areas are posted on this website. A statewide review of these shortage areas is completed every 3 years; however, if an area is experiencing health professionals retiring or resigning the community may contact our office and request a review by the Rural Health Advisory Commission.
Full-time practice is defined as 40 hours per week. Loan repayment recipients may practice part-time in a shortage area but not less than 20 hours per week. Benefits are reduced for part-time practice. The three-year practice obligation cannot be extended for part-time practice.
Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, master's level mental health professionals, pharmacists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists may receive up to $30,000 per year ($15,000 from local funds; $15,000 from state funds) to be used toward the repayment of commercial or government educational loans. Physicians, dentists, and clinical psychologists may receive up to$60,000 per year ($30,000 from local funds; $30,000 from state funds). The actual amount awarded will depend on the health practitioner's student loans, the local entity's local match, and the availability of state funds. These loan repayment funds are tax exempt.