The Health Professional Loan Repayment helps the state attract and retain licensed health professionals to serve in critical shortage areas in Washington State by providing educational loan repayment assistance. In return for financial assistance, program participants agree to provide primary health care services in rural or underserved urban areas that are designated as health professional shortage areas.
The Loan Repayment Program offers two funding sources: the state-funded Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP), and the federal-matched State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). Since 2010, the state's funding for this program has been reduced, leaving only funds to support the SLRP program.
Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP)
The HPLRP program provides up to $75,000 for a minimum three year service commitment and $25,000 for each additional year for up to five years maximum. The SLRP program provides up to $70,000 for a minimum two year service commitment and up to $30,000 each additional year based on funds available and the participants remaining eligible educational debt. The HPLRP Program is not being funded at this time.
State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) Currently funded.
SLRP provides up to $35,000 per year for a minimum of two years ($70,000), and each additional year's amount is based on funds available.
SLRP eligible professions include:
- Physician (MD, DO or Psychiatrist)
- Nurse Practitioner
- Physician Assistant
- Midwife (Certified Nurse)
- Registered Nurse
- Registered Dental Hygienist
To be eligible to apply for the SLRP a participant must:
- Be employed or have a contract to begin seeing patients no later than July 1, 2014.
- Submit documentation of eligible outstanding educational debt (does not include Parent Plus Loans, loans with a cosigner, Primary Care Loans, or loans not in your name).
- Be a United States citizen (Permanent residents do not qualify).
- Provide primary care and not specialty care.
- Be employed at an eligible site. Stand-alone urgent care/walk in clinics, specialty care or placement agencies are not considered eligible sites. Provider must be a permanent employee of the site.
- Sign a contract to serve for a minimum of two years or pay funds back with penalty (see Guidelines and Terms of Agreement link below for details).
SLRP participants must provide full time service for a minimum of two years and additional service year for year for contract extension renewals. Participant must:
- Be employed or have a contract to begin employment (seeing patients) at an eligible site no later than July 1, 2014.
- Work a minimum of 40 hours per week (See Guidelines and Terms of Agreement link below).
- Submit the required Quarterly Service Verification Form and supporting payment history to show funds are being applied to loans.
How to Apply: Two Step Process
- Step 1: Work at an Eligible Site. To confirm that your site is eligible, click here:
2014-15 Eligible Loan Repayment Site List
- Step 2: Submit the Online Provider Application by 5:00 p.m., April 30, 2014
The 2014 Provider Application Cycle will open in January 2014. To access the online application, click here: https://fortress.wa.gov/wsac/portal/, then register as a “student” (you will not be able to start an application until the application cycle is opened).
Before you begin the application you will need to have the following information available:
- Employer name, address and supervisor’s name, phone number, and email address
- Lender statements with names, addresses and current balances (be sure to include ALL lenders, you cannot add lenders once your application has been submitted)
- Name, dates and degree(s) from college/universities you have attended
- If applicable, dates and place of residency, internship or preceptorship
- Licensure information, date of license and license number (includes licenses from other states)
- If applicable, Medicaid Core Provider Number
- Employment start date (month, day and year)
- Break-out of the number of patients you will personally see (Medicare/Medicaid, uninsured, sliding fee, charity, private pay, etc)
- List of rural counties (both Washington and other states) you have lived in, the dates, zip code and length of time you lived there
2014-15 Guidelines and Terms of Agreement
For more information contact: