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The IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application is now online! Apply now to pursue the financial freedom that comes with an IHS LRP award.

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Reference the IHS LRP Participant Guide [PDF - 640KB], our Policy Clarifications Memo [PDF - 476KB], the current Federal Register Notice Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov and the Archives page for additional information on the program.

Learn how the IHS LRP can provide you with financial freedom!

IHS Loan Repayment Program Overview

The mission of the Indian Health Service (IHS) is to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level.

The IHS LRP was created to support this mission by providing health professionals like you the financial freedom to fulfill your career goals. The IHS LRP awards up to $40,000 toward the repayment of your qualified student loans in exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice full time at an Indian health program site.

By accepting an IHS LRP award, you will be joining our efforts to provide quality health care services to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. You will begin a career that serves a purpose and mission and will provide care to patients who truly need you.

NEW Check out our improved IHS.gov Listserv website where we are looking to help improve and increase Tribal Participation in 2014!

Deadline Information

Applications — Applications are accepted year-round beginning October 1 through the Friday of the second full week of August and are evaluated monthly beginning in January (or as soon as funds become available). Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Notice of Awards Mailed — On the last business day of each month

Service Period — Begins no later than September 30