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DC Department of Health Now Accepting New Applications for the Health Professional Loan Repayment Program

Thursday, September 27, 2012

DC Department of Health Now Accepting New Applications for the Health Professional Loan Repayment Program

Loan Application Deadline for Health Professionals is October 31

(Washington, DC) – Today, the DC Department of Health (DOH) announced that its citywide Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP), which provides loan repayment services to eligible District providers practicing in HPLRP-certified Service Obligation Sites (SOS), is currently accepting new applications until October 31.

Eligible participants for the loan repayment program include licensed and certified physicians and dentists, dental hygienists, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, as well as clinical social workers, psychologists, and professional counselors.

Practitioners interested in the program must be employed or have an employment contract with a certified SOS to provide direct patient care for at least 40 hours per week.  To become a SOS, a site must be a public or non-profit entity located in a Health Professional Shortage Area and must submit an application for review to the HPLRP.

Contract award amounts will be equivalent to 44% of a provider’s total eligible debt up to $60,033 for physicians and dentists and $33,017 for all other eligible professionals.  Contracts will be paid out in a lump sum within 90 days of the contract start date.

HPLRP participants may renew their contracts, one year at a time, up to a total of 4 years, over which time the Program will pay 100% of a provider’s total eligible debt, up to $136,440 for physicians and dentists and $75,042 for all other eligible providers.  

DOH will award contracts to qualifying participants beginning January, 2013 and will issue between 12 and 20 awards.  For more information, contact the loan repayment program directly at HPLRP@dc.gov or 202-442-9168.