09/07/2017

Dental students can receive up to $120K in tax-free loan repayment


The application cycle for the National Health Service Corps’ 2018 Students to Service Loan Repayment Program is now open.

The S2S LRP provides up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment to dental and medical students in their final year of school, allowing them to pursue their passion for delivering care while working in rural, tribal and high-need communities throughout the nation. 2018 marks the second year that dental students are included as an eligible discipline to address the oral health disparities that remain a concern in underserved areas.

With continued service through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, an S2S award recipient could potentially pay off all of their educational debt.

Eligibility requirements and service obligations for dental students include:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or national and enrolled or accepted in an eligible medical or dental degree program at a U.S. accredited school.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment and remain in good academic standing through his/her graduation from dental school.
  • Incur a three-year service commitment at an NHSC-approved site located in a high-need (HPSA 14 or above) rural, tribal or urban community.

The 2018 Application and Program Guidance provides complete details on eligibility, the award process and more.

The application cycle will close at 4:30 p.m. PST, Oct. 19.

Apply or learn more on NHSC website. Interested applicants may also wish to watch a short video, “A Day in the Life of NHSC Dental Providers.”



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