Student Loan Relief for Medical Providers | KLIN

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services offers two incentive programs offering up to $200,000 in student loan repayment to qualified medical providers who agree to work in rural and underserved communities across the state or in federally designated shortage areas.

The goal is to recruit and retain medical providers in these areas. A recent study on the economic impact of rural health care shows that one primary care physician in a rural community creates 23 jobs each year. Fourteen percent of total employment in rural communities is in the health care sector.
There are two programs, the Nebraska Loan Repayment Program and the National Health Service Corps Nebraska State Loan Repayment Program.

The NLRP provides loan repayment assistance for primary care, mental, dental, and certain medical professionals who agree to practice for three years in a shortage area in Nebraska. Physicians and dentists are eligible for loan relief of up to $180,000. Other healthcare professionals can receive up to $90,000. No local correspondence is required at this time.

The National Health Service Corps Nebraska State Loan Repayment Program provides assistance to primary care, dental, and mental health professionals who agree to practice for two years in Nebraska. The duration of participation is capped at four years and providers cannot apply for another award thereafter. RNs, who have a license-level education, doctors, dentists and pharmacists are eligible for up to $50,000 in loan relief per year. Other medical professions can receive up to $25,000 per year. No correspondence is required.

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