As a result of the current Federal government funding situation, the information on this website may not be up to date or acted upon. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at www.opm.gov . Despite the lapse in appropriations, IHS will continue to provide direct clinical health care services as well as referrals for contracted services that cannot be provided through IHS clinics. For more information on how IHS is impacted, visit: HHS Contingency Plan
Other LRP Opportunities
There are a number of other loan repayment programs available if you do not receive an IHS LRP award but still want to take advantage of the professional and personal benefits that come with an Indian health career. These options include the IHS Supplemental Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) , NURSE Corps LRP and state loan repayment programs .
These loan repayment options are available to practitioners interested in pursuing the path to Indian health, as well as health professionals already practicing at Indian health facilities. In the event that you qualify for multiple awards, please note that federal government policy allows only one form of loan repayment to be accepted at one time.
IHS Supplemental Loan Repayment
In addition to the IHS LRP, you should also consider practicing at specific IHS sites in conjunction with the IHS Supplemental Loan Repayment Program, which offers comparable loan repayment awards for health professionals who fill vacancies in IHS areas in need of health care professionals for a minimum two-year service commitment to practice at that facility. Contact the IHS LRP branch office for more information about the IHS SLRP.
National Health Service Corps
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) offers loan repayment support to qualified health care professionals dedicated to practicing in medically underserved areas. NHSC Loan Repayment Program (LRP) participants also earn competitive salaries from their site and other benefits in addition to loan repayment. The NHSC LRP offers an initial award of up to $50,000 for two years of full-time service when you select a service site with a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) score of 14 or higher and up to $30,000 for sites with a score of 13 and below. Half-time service options are also available.
Learn more about the NHSC LRP
State Loan Repayment Programs
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) provides grants to 30-plus states to operate their own loan repayment programs for primary care providers working in HPSAs.
Find out if your state offers HRSA SLRP
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program guides registered nurses on a rewarding career path while paying off 60 percent of their unpaid nursing student loans in just two years; it also offers an additional 25 percent of the original balance for an optional third year.
Learn more about the NURSE Corps LRP