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National Health Service Corps

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a federal agency that is committed to improving access to healthcare for the nation’s underserved. The NHSC collaborates with communities in need to develop and expand health care in rural and inner-city neighborhoods alike, where access challenges are due to language, geographic, cultural or financial barriers. The NHSC offers this support to communities in the form of scholarship or loan repayment funding to clinicians who are dedicated to serving these populations. Loan repayment and scholarship awards are made in exchange for an obligated period of service at an approved site. Both the site and the clinician seeking loan repayment need to submit separate applications and meet eligibility criteria and be approved for the clinician to receive funding. Eligible sites of service must be in a Health Professional Shortage Area, take Medicaid and Medicare patients, and provide a sliding fee discount schedule to patients who are compromised in their ability to pay for care.

More information is available on the National Health Service Corps web site, or by calling toll free: 1-800-221-9393.


Important Announcement

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) site applications for new NHSC applicants and NHSC site recertification’s for the 2013-2014 cycle are due between the dates of September 3, 2013 and November 1, 2013.  The site application process may require a site visit prior to approval, new site applicants need to allow sufficient time and apply early. A site must receive approval from the NHSC before employees can apply for the federal NHSC loan repayment program.

The federal NHSC Loan Repayment program offers repayment of educational loans for full-time clinicians in exchange for a two year service commitment at an approved site. Clinicians who continue to meet eligibility criteria may apply for additional support in exchange for an extension of service.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements and details regarding application process, see http://nhsc.hrsa.gov or contact Andy Noble at (208) 334-5993 or NobleA@dhw.Idaho.gov

How to Apply:

Applications for sites and clinicians are done entirely on-line: