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2015 Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 383 KB)

Faculty Loan Repayment Fact Sheet (PDF - 250 KB)

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Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Faculty Loan Repayment Program

The Faculty Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment to health professions educators from disadvantaged backgrounds while they serve as a faculty member in an accredited and eligible health professions school.

The program, supports careers for health professions educators from disadvantaged backgrounds, and is vital for preparing the next generation of health care professionals to serve in communities in need. The program also encourages participants to promote careers in their respective health care fields.


The financial assistance offered through the program decreases the economic barriers associated with pursuing a career as an educator preparing the next generation of health professionals.

Participants receive:

  • A lump sum, up to $40,000, for a two-year service commitment as a faculty member of an accredited health professions college or university.  
  • Funds to offset the tax burden.
  • The opportunity to educate and train the next generation of health professionals.

Eligible Applicants

  • Applicants must have an eligible health professions degree or certificate, and have a full-time or part-time employment commitment to be a faculty member at an approved health professions institution for a minimum of two-years, from one of the following types of eligible schools:
    • Allopathic Medicine
    • Osteopathic Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Nursing
    • Pharmacy
    • Allied Health
    • Podiatric Medicine
    • Optometry
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Public Health (graduate level only)
    • A school offering physician assistant education programs
    • A school offering graduate programs in behavioral and mental health
  • A degree or enrolled in an approved graduate training program in an eligible discipline:
    • Allopathic Medicine
    • Osteopathic Medicine
    • Podiatric Medicine
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Pharmacy
    • Optometry
    • Nursing (RN or Advanced Practice RN)
    • Public Health (graduate level only)
    • Physician Assistant
    • Behavioral and Mental Health (graduate level only)
      • Clinical Psychology
      • Clinical Social Work
      • Marriage and Family Therapy
      • Professional Counseling
    • Allied Health Professions (baccalaureate or graduate degree programs)
      • Dental Hygiene
      • Medical Laboratory Technology
      • Occupational Therapy
      • Physical Therapy
      • Radiologic Technology
      • Respiratory Therapy
      • Speech Pathology
      • Audiology
      • Dietetics
  • With employment to commence on or before July 31, 2015
  • From a disadvantaged background, based on environmental or economic factors.

Funding Preferences

To obtain funding preference an applicant must:

  • Be employed full-time or part-time at an eligible health professions school.
  • Submit a written agreement that the school will match the award payment from the Faculty Loan Repayment Program.

Did You Know?
  • Last year, the Faculty Loan Repayment Program received 143 complete applications and made 19 awards.
  • Faculty Loan Repayment Program expects to make 20 awards in 2015.
  • Nursing and physician assistant programs may be public, private nonprofit or private for-profit; all others must be public or private nonprofit institutions.
  • To strengthen the health workforce, the program encourages participants to promote careers in their fields.
  • Hundreds of health professions faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds have benefited from this program and continue to teach beyond their service commitment.