NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program


December 16, 2021

Purposes and Uses

“The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Rural Community Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is for providers working to combat the opioid epidemic in the nation’s rural communities. The NHSC Rural Community LRP will make loan repayment awards in coordination with the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). This will provide evidence-based substance use treatment, assist in recovery, and prevent overdose deaths across the nation.

The purpose of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Rural Community Loan Repayment Program
(LRP) is to recruit and retain medical, nursing, and behavioral/mental health clinicians with specific
training and credentials to provide evidence-based substance use disorder (SUD) treatment in rural
communities designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). The information that
applicants submit will be used to evaluate their eligibility, qualifications, and suitability for participating
in the NHSC Rural Community LRP. In addition, information from other sources will be considered
(e.g., credit bureau reports and National Practitioner Data Bank reports).”

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Determine Your Eligibility | Disciplines | Sites | How to Apply


  • A United States citizen (U.S. born or naturalized) or the United States national;
  • A provider (or eligible to participate as a provider) in the Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, as appropriate;
  • Fully trained and licensed to practice in the NHSC-eligible primary care medical, or mental/behavioral health discipline and state in which you are applying to serve;
  • A health professional in an eligible discipline with qualified student loan debt for education that led to your degree
  • Working, or have accepted a position, at a rural NHSC-approved SUD treatment facility. (Facilities that have received RCORP funding will receive preference); and
  • Using either your rural* NHSC-approved facility’s Mental Health or Primary Care HPSA score.

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