CDA Foundation Student Loan Repayment Grant 35K-105K
To Be Eligible …
To be eligible for the CDA Foundation Student Loan Repayment Grant program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Graduate from an American Dental Association accredited dental school with a DDS or DMD degree within the last three years of the award cycle year or positioned to graduate in the next three months at the time of application.
• Be eligible to practice dentistry in California.
• Be a legal citizen or resident of the United States.
• Submit a completed online application packet.
• Have received student loans from governmental and/or commercial lending institutions.
• Sign a binding contract to serve a minimum of three years (36 months) in one of the following:
- A California Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (DHPSA) pursuant to section 254e(a) of Title 42 of the United States Code, or
- An area of the state where unmet priority needs for dentists exist as determined by the California Health Manpower Policy Commission pursuant to Section 128225, or
- In an underserved work site as determined by the CDA Foundation
• Secured employment with an eligible work site.
• Provide no less than 30 hours of hands-on clinical dental care per week: total hours can be accomplished among one or more eligible work site(s).
• Not be in default or have judgment liens for any debts including, but not limited to, taxes and education assistance programs. Loan reduction payments shall not be used to pay down debts other than student educational assistance debts from governmental or commercial lending institutions. Funding Preferences The program seeks to select dentist recipients who are likely to remain in an underserved area beyond the terms of the required contract. Research shows that health professionals who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and rural areas are more likely to return to serve in those areas. Preference may be given to eligible applicants who:
• Have a disadvantaged background with economic, social or other obstacles (as documented by academic institution).
• Live(d) in a rural, highly disadvantaged or Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) community for an extended period of time, particularly from birth to age 18.
• Demonstrate an initiative to develop cultural and linguistic competencies reflecting one or more diverse socioeconomic or ethnic communities in California.
Loans That Qualify
- Stafford loans
- Grad PLUS loans
- Perkins loans
- Consolidation loans
- Private student loans
- Institutional loans
- State loans
Contact the CDA Foundation for more information.