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Loan Repayment & Scholarship

NURSE Corps gives nurses nationwide the opportunity to turn their passion for service into a lifelong career through the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program and the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program.

NURSE Corps helps to build healthier communities in urban, rural and frontier areas by supporting nurses and nursing students committed to working in communities with inadequate access to care.

The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs have helped critical shortage facilities meet their urgent need for nurses since 2002.

NURSE Corps members fulfilling their service obligation enjoy the competitive pay and benefits negotiated with their employer, which could be any one of thousands of nonprofit hospitals, clinics and other facilities located in designated mental health or primary medical care Health Professional Shortage Areas across the U.S.

Join the NURSE Corps and be part of over 2,200 dedicated nurses providing high quality care where they are needed most.

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Loan Repayment and Scholarship

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, helps alleviate the shortage of nurses across the country by offering loan repayment assistance to registered nurses and advance practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, working at Critical Shortage facilities and nurse faculty employed at accredited schools of nursing. Program participants receive up to 60 percent of their qualifying student loans in exchange for a 2-year service commitment –plus an additional 25 percent of their original loan balance for an optional third year.

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program, formerly the Nursing Scholarship Program, helps students complete their nursing education by paying tuition, fees, other education costs, while providing a monthly living stipend. The program is open to full-time or part-time nursing students accepted or enrolled in diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs at accredited schools located in the U.S. Upon graduation, scholarship program members fulfill a service commitment at a Critical Shortage Facility.


2016 Application Bulletin (PDF - 123 KB)


HPSA Scores Locked as of January 1, 2015
Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) scores for Critical Shortage Facilities are locked as of January 1, 2015. These scores apply to 2015 program cycles including new awards and continuations for Loan Repayors as well as applications and approvals for sites.

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Other Programs for Nurses

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (primary care nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and psychiatric nurse specialists)

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (primary care nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife students)

Nursing Student Loan (students in RN training programs, including advanced practice)

Faculty Loan Repayment Program (nursing faculty)

Nursing Faculty Loan Program (RNs in graduate training programs)

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