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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

Is my discipline eligible?

Review our list of eligible disciplines and specialties to see if you qualify.

How do I apply?

Make sure the application cycle is open. If it is, do these two things:

  1. Read the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery LRP (STAR LRP) Application and Program Guidance (APG) (PDF - 488 KB)
  2. Submit your application through the Customer Service Portal.

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

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 death 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 - 189 KB)

Compare our loan repayment programs (PDF - 2 MB) and find your best fit.

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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