Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

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

Are you eligible for loan repayment?

Review our requirements below.

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 Critical Shortage Facility (CSF) in a high need area (for RNs, APNs),
  • an accredited school of nursing (for nurse faculty).

We give funding preference depending on your financial need.

Why should you apply?

Too many Americans—particularly in underserved areas—go without checkups, preventive screenings, vaccines, and other care, simply because there are not enough health care professionals to provide care and treatment in their communities.

The Nurse Corps LRP enables you to fulfill your passion to care for underserved people in some of the neediest communities across the country.

If we accept you into the program, we will pay 60% of your unpaid nursing education debt over two years--with an option to extend to a third year for an additional 25% of the original balance.

In exchange, you work for a minimum of two years in one of the thousands of critical shortage facilities across the country. This includes hospitals, clinics, and other facilities experiencing a critical shortage of nurses.

How do you apply?

First: read the annually updated Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 468 KB).

You should understand the terms and conditions of the Nurse Corps contract. It outlines the requirement for fulfilling your minimum two years of service at an eligible CSF.

Second: Sign up for our email Exit Disclaimer so we can notify you when the next application cycle opens.

What is a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF)?

A CSF is a public or private nonprofit health care facility located in, designated as, or serving a Health Professional Service Area (HPSA) – an area with shortages of primary care or mental health professionals.

To receive loan repayment as a registered or advance practice registered nurse, you must work full-time at a CSF.

Review the Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 468 KB) for a complete list of eligible facilities.

What is an eligible school of nursing?

We consider 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.

To receive loan repayment as a nurse faculty member, you must teach full-time in an eligible public or private nonprofit school of nursing.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2019

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