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Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program application will open on January 2015.

Nurse Corps logo - Caring for Communities in NeedNURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program enables dedicated registered nurses committed to caring for underserved people to serve in hospitals and clinics in some of America's neediest communities, improving the lives of their patients and transforming their own.

NURSE Corps members help to build healthy communities in poor urban and rural areas as they build their own fulfilling and productive careers.

About the Program

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program sets registered nurses (including advanced practice registered nurses and nursing faculty) on a rewarding career path while paying off 60 percent of their unpaid nursing student loans in just 2 years – and an additional 25 percent of the original balance for an optional third year.

In return, NURSE Corps members fulfilling a service obligation at one of the thousands of eligible nonprofit hospitals, clinics, nursing schools and other facilities located in designated mental health or primary medical care Health Professional Shortage Areas across the U.S.  

NURSE Corps members enjoy the same competitive pay and benefits negotiated with their employer as non-members.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible to apply, you must be a licensed registered nurse (nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses are encouraged to apply) or nurse faculty, have completed your training (diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate), and be employed full time (at least 32 hours per week) at an eligible critical shortage facility.

You must be a U.S. citizen (born or naturalized) or National and Lawful Permanent Resident and your education must be from an accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. State.

Funding preference is based on your financial need and the facility where you work. 

What are Critical Shortage Facilities?

Nurse Corps members work at many different types of Critical Shortage Facilities.

For all other registered nurses, including advanced practice nurses, any public or private not-for-profit private Critical Shortage Facility (facilities marked with * receive funding preference) located in a designated mental health or primary medical care Health Professional Shortage Area, and an eligible place of employment for Nurse Corps members:

Clinics

  • Federally Qualified Health Center*, Indian Health Service Health Center*, Native Hawaiian Health Center*, Rural Health Clinic*, Public Health Clinic*

Hospitals

  • Any public* or private nonprofit acute care or rehabilitation hospital, including Disproportionate Share Hospitals*, Critical Access Hospitals* and Non-Disproportionate Share Hospitals*

Inpatient Nursing Facilities

  • Skilled nursing facility*, nursing home

Outpatient Facilities

  • Ambulatory surgical center

Service Providers

  • Home health agency, hospice, State or local public health or human services department*

Eligible Schools of Nursing

A NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program nurse faculty participant is required to work as nurse faculty at an accredited public or private non-profit school of nursing. The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program considers a school of nursing to be accredited if it is accredited by a national or regional nurse education accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants working at schools of nursing where at least half of the enrolled students come from disadvantaged backgrounds receive funding preference.

Before You Apply

Applications are accepted once each year. Before you apply, please read the Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 36 pages) (updated annually) carefully. The application includes a contract that obligates you to serve 2 years at the critical shortage facility listed in your application if you are selected to participate in the program. If you are selected and you do not fulfill that obligation, you will face serious financial consequences.

Did You Know?

Last year, in FY 2013, the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program received over 4,300 eligible applications and made 500 initial awards to RNs working at Critical Shortage Facilities and over 125 initial awards to nurse faculty working at accredited eligible schools of nursing, awarding a total of $38 million.

Eighty-three percent of those awards were made to nurses working in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) with scores of 14 or higher.

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