Determine Eligibility and Apply to the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

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

In exchange, accepted applicants work at least two years in a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF). Or, they serve as nurse faculty (NF) in an eligible school of nursing.

An eligible school of nursing includes hospitals, clinics, and other facilities with a lack of nurses.

Am I eligible?

Review the following Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) requirements to find out.

You are a:

  • 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 I do before I apply?

Before you apply, read the Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 1.5 MB) for complete details. 

How do I apply?

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

Why should I apply?

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.

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

Why is the Nurse Corps LRP 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 lacking enough primary care or mental health professionals.

Review the Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 1.5 MB) for a complete list of eligible facilities.

What is an eligible school of nursing?

We consider a school of nursing to be eligible if a national nursing accrediting agency or a state agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education accredits it.

Date Last Reviewed:  March 2020