Loans for Health Professions Students

HRSA's Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) improves the health of underserved and vulnerable populations by strengthening the health workforce and connecting skilled professionals to communities in need.

Through our scholarship and loan repayment programs, we fund schools to help students pursue degrees in the health professions. We encourage them to deliver health care in communities where people lack access to basic health care needs.

School-based Loans:

  • Loans for Disadvantaged Students

Need-based, competitive program. Must be enrolled in and apply for aid to participating school of allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric or veterinary medicine or dentistry, optometry, or pharmacy.

  • Health Professions Student Loans

Need-based, competitive program. Must apply for aid to participating school and pursue degree in dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, or podiatric or veterinary medicine.

  • Primary Care Loans

Need-based, competitive program. Must pursue degree in allopathic or osteopathic medicine and apply for aid to participating school.

  • Nursing Student Loans

Need-based, competitive program. Must pursue diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing and apply for aid to participating school.

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2018