Determine Eligibility and Apply to the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (NCLRP)

We support registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and nurse faculty (NF) by paying up to 85% of their unpaid nursing education debt.

In exchange, accepted applicants work at least two years in one of the thousands of Critical Shortage Facilities (CSFs) across the country, or serve as nurse faculty (NF) in an eligible school of nursing. This includes hospitals, clinics, and other facilities experiencing a critical shortage of nurses.

Are you eligible for the NCLRP?

Review the following NCLRP requirements to find out.

You are one of the following:

  • Licensed registered nurse;
  • Advanced practice registered nurse, such as a nurse practitioner; or
  • Nurse faculty member with qualifying nursing debt.

You received your nursing education from an accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. state or territory.

You work full-time in:

  • An eligible CSF in a high need area (RNs, APRNs)
  • An accredited school of nursing 

Note: We give funding preference depending on your financial need.

What should you do before you apply?

Before you apply, read the Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 469 KB) for complete details. 

How do you apply?

Submit your application through the Bureau Health Workforce (BHW) Customer Service Portal.

Why should you apply for the NCLRP?

You will receive 60% of your total outstanding, qualifying, nursing education loans over the course of two years.

Once you complete your initial two-year service contract, you may be eligible to apply for a third year for an additional 25% of your original nursing educational loans.

NCLRP funds are not exempt from federal income and employment taxes.

Why is the NCLRP important?

There continues to be a need for nurses in critical shortage facilities in the United States. Nurse Corps LRP assists in addressing these issues.

What is a CSF?

A CSF is a public or private nonprofit health care facility located in, designated as, or serving a Health Professional Service Area (HPSA)

A HPSA is an area with primary care or mental health professional shortages.

Review the Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 469 KB) for a complete list of eligible facilities.

What is an eligible school of nursing?

NCLRP considers a school of nursing to be eligible if it is accredited by a national nursing accrediting agency or a state agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2019