National Health Service Corps offers loan repayment program

A new infusion of federal funds provides opportunities for loan repayment to licensed psychologists who are available to provide primary health services in underserved areas

by Communications Staff

June 30, 2009 — The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has been given almost $200 million for its loan repayment program (LRP) through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with the requirement that the money be spent in the next 18 months. The NHSC program has instituted a rolling deadline through the end of the 2010 fiscal year to increase the number of clinicians within the program by the deadline.

The NHSC is seeking fully trained health professionals to offer culturally competent, interdisciplinary primary health services care in underserved areas throughout the country. The agency requires a two-year commitment. Interested psychologists must be licensed in order to participate in the loan repayment program.

To find out about existing openings within the NHSC community sites for psychologists, go to NHSC Job Opportunities or to find out how to create new NHSC community sites visit the NHSC's sites/communities page.

Under the program, licensed psychologists are eligible for up to $50,000 in loan repayments for the initial two years and can continue receiving loan repayment if they have unpaid qualifying educational loans and continue to serve at an eligible site.

Participants will receive funds to be applied to government and commercial loans obtained for school tuition and required fees as well as other reasonable educational and living expenses leading to a doctoral degree in psychology.

Interested psychologists can view the full details of the program, including its requirements and application forms and processes, on the NHSC's website.

For further information, contact Lauren Schussler at 800-374-2723, ext. 5987.