Student loan repayment programs available

The application period is now open for the 2016 California State Loan Repayment Program.

SLRP increases the number of dentists, dental hygienists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, pharmacists and licensed mental/behavioral health care professionals practicing in federally designated California Health Professional Shortage Areas. SLRP assists with the repayment of qualified educational loans for eligible primary health care professionals in exchange for working in an HPSA. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1.  Apply online through CalREACH at https://calreach.oshpd.ca.gov.

For more information on the program, visit oshpd.ca.gov/HWDD/SLRP.html.

Also, applications for the National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program will be accepted beginning Aug. 16. Dental students who are in their final year at an accredited school in the U.S., and who are committed to working in underserved communities where access to care is limited, are eligible to apply for the S2S program. Loan repayment assistance of up to $120,000 will be awarded to recipients in return for at least three years of full-time service at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.

To apply, or for more information on the program, visit nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/studentstoserviceprogram. The application deadline will be announced in August.

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