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Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

This program application cycle closed on February 25, 2016, and it's scheduled to open again in early 2017. Sign up to be notified when it does.

Nurse Corps logo - Caring for Communities in Need




NURSE 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.

Before You Apply

Applications are accepted once each year. Before you apply, please read the annually updated Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 374 KB). The application includes a contract that obligates you to serve two-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.

About the Program

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

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 – plus 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 do 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. 

RN or Advanced Practice Nurse Participants at Critical Shortage Facilities

An RN or advanced practice nurse, such as an NP, participant must provide full-time service at 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 Shortage Area (HPSA) with shortages of primary medical care or mental health professionals.

The CSF must be a public or private nonprofit health care facility located in, designated as, or serving a primary medical care or mental health HPSA.  

Eligible facilities include:


  • Critical Access Hospital (CAH)
  • Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH)
  • Public Hospital
  • Private Hospital

Outpatient Clinics

  • Federally Qualified Health Center
  • Indian Health Service Health Center
  • Native Hawaiian Health Center
  • Rural Health Clinic
  • State or Local Public Health or Human Services Department
  • Nurse Managed Health Clinic/Center
  • Urgent Care Center
  • Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic
  • End Stage Renal Disease Dialysis
  • Ambulatory Surgical Center
  • Residential Nursing Home
  • Home Health Agency
  • Hospice Program

Ineligible Facilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Private practice offices
  • Clinics in prisons and correctional facilities

Nursing Participants at an Eligible School of Nursing

An eligible School of Nursing is an accredited, public or private nonprofit, collegiate, associate degree or diploma school of nursing in a state where graduates are authorized to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN); or licensed RNs who will receive a graduate or equivalent degree or training to become an advanced education nurse. 

The educational programs in the school of nursing must be accredited by a national nursing accrediting agency or a state agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.  Section 801 of the Public Health Service Act includes complete definitions of all applicable terms.

NURSE Corps LRP Participant Serving as a Nurse Faculty

A participant who is a Nurse Faculty member is required to provide full-time service by teaching pre-licensure students, RNs or Advanced Practice Nurses, in an eligible public or private nonprofit school of nursing.

The NURSE Corps LRP considers 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 – view a list of these agencies.


NURSE Corps Posters Now Available: Download our new poster about NURSE Corps programs available to students and clinicians - then display and circulate to get the word out!

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Did You Know?

In FY 2015, the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program:

- received more than 6,000 eligible applications,

- made approximately 600 initial awards to RNs and advanced practice registered nurses working at Critical Shortage Facilities and

- gave out more than 1,110 initial awards to nurse faculty working at eligible schools of nursing, awarding a total of $39.7 million.

95 percent of those awards were made to RNs and advanced practice registered nurses working in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) with scores of 14 or higher.

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