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Apply to the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program

Why should I apply? 

We offer up to $250,000 in loan repayment. 

What do you expect from me in return?

If you receive an award, you must work full-time for six years in a STAR LRP-approved facility. 

Am I eligible?

Review our STAR LRP requirements.

You must be: 

  1. A United States citizen, national, or permanent resident; 
  2. Fully licensed, credentialed in an eligible discipline or a registered SUD professional; and 
  3. A full-time employee at a STAR LRP-approved facility. 

You must be working in a full-time SUD job. 

  • Physician - Allopathic (MD) or Osteopathic (DO)
    • Addiction Medicine
    • Family Medicine
    • General Internal Medicine
    • General Pediatrics
    • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    • Geriatrics
    • Psychiatry
  • Physician Assistant (PA), Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Registered Nurse (RN)
    • Adult
    • Family
    • Pediatric
    • Women’s Health
    • Geriatrics
    • Mental Health & Psychiatry
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Pharmacists (PHARM)
  • Health Service Psychologist (HSP)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Psychiatric Nurse Specialist (PNS)
  • Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselors
  • Psychology Doctoral Interns

Clinical Support Staff

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Licensed Occupational Therapists
  • Medical Assistants

Behavioral Health Paraprofessionals

  • Community Health Workers
  • Peer Recovery Specialists
  • Case Managers
  • Health Navigators

Approved STAR LRP service facilities include:

  • Community health centers (CHCs)
  • Certified community mental health centers (CMHSs)
  • Community outpatient sites
  • Crisis stabilization units
  • Critical access hospital (CAH)
  • Detoxification facilities
  • Emergency department
  • Faith-based settings
  • Federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs)
  • FQHC Look-alikes
  • Free clinics
  • Health system-affiliated inpatient treatment center
  • Indian health service (IHS) hospitals
  • Indian health service, tribal or urban Indian health clinic (ITU)
  • Inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation
  • Inpatient psychiatric facilities
  • Local community jails and detention centers
  • Migrant health center
  • Mobile units
  • Office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) facility
  • Opioid treatment program (OTP)
  • Outpatient rehabilitation
  • Prevention coalition/agency
  • Private practice
  • Recovery center
  • Rural health clinic (RHC)
  • School
  • School-based clinics
  • State or federal correctional sites
  • State or local public health or human services department
  • Veterans administration facilities
  • Youth detention center or program

Review the STAR LRP-approved site and facility type definitions (PDF - 176 KB) for more detailed information.

Do you want us to approve your facility? Sign up for STAR LRP facility email updates

How do I apply?

  1. Confirm that the application cycle is open. 
  2. Read the STAR LRP Application and Program Guidance (APG).
  3. Apply via the Customer Service Portal.

How can I receive funding priority? 

We have two-tiers for award funding priority. First, you must be an eligible clinician.

Tier 1

You work at a STAR LRP-approved facility. The facility is in a county where the drug overdose rate for the past three years is higher than the most recent national average. 

Tier 2

You work at STAR LRP-approved facility. That facility is in a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area (MHPSA).

Which factors do you use to rank me? 

We rank you in your respective tiers using these factors:

  • Outstanding debt-to-income ratio
  • Employment start date

Why is the STAR LRP important?

There’s a need for SUD treatment health care workers across the U.S. 


  • supports treatment teams;
  • complements other SUD loan repayment programs;
  • expands the eligible pool of disciplines and treatment facilities.

Review the STAR LRP Fact Sheet (PDF - 217 KB)

How to contact us

Call: 1-800-221-9393 | TTY: 1-877-897-9910
M - F | 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (except federal holidays) 
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