Delaware State Loan Repayment Program (DSLRP)
To Be Eligible …
Eligibility criteria for Delaware’s State Loan Repayment Program are in accordance with the federal HRSA State Loan Repayment Program regulations. State of Delaware approved Practitioners must:
- Be a U.S. citizen (Born or Naturalized) or U.S. National;
- Have verifiable student loans which are not in default;
- Have no other existing service commitment;
- Must not have any other outstanding contractual obligation to provide health professional services;
- Not have been convicted of any felony, including but not limited to violent felonies, as so defined under either Federal or State law and as more particularly defined and enumerated in 11 Del.C.Sec.4201;
- Not have been convicted or found guilty of, or disciplined by this or any other State licensing Board or Agency authorized to issue a certificate to practice medicine or dentistry in this or any other State, for unprofessional conduct as so defined in 24 Del.C.Sec.1731;
- Not have any federal judgment liens;
- Not have a current default on court-ordered child support payments;
- Be currently employed or have accepted employment at a designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) site;
- Commit to providing service full-time (40 hours per week) in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and approved by the HCC; and 4
- Accept the terms and conditions of the State of Delaware Contract boilerplate/Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) if application is approved. Practitioners (also referred to as Participant) must provide services in a HPSA that corresponds to their training and/or discipline. For example, psychiatrists and other mental health providers must serve in a Mental Health HPSA.
To determine if the practice site is an eligible HPSA please visit http://hpsafind.hrsa.gov.
Practitioners must have completed training in an accredited graduate training program, and possess an active and valid license in the State of Delaware (without restrictions or encumbrances) to practice in one of the following eligible disciplines:
- MD Allopathic Medicine
- DO Osteopathic Medicine
- DDS/DMD General and Pediatric Dentistry
- NP Nurse Practitioner
- CNM Certified Nurse-Midwife
- PA Physician Assistant
- RDH Registered Dental Hygienist
- HSP Health Service Psychologist (Clinical and Counseling)
- LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- PNS Psychiatric Nurse Specialist
- LPC Licensed Professional Counselor
- MFT Marriage and Family Therapist Approved Primary Care Specialties for Physicians:
- Family Medicine (and osteopathic general practice)
- Internal Medicine
- Psychiatry Note- Physicians who have not completed residency training programs are not eligible for funding.
Approved Primary Care Specialties for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants:
- Pediatrics 5
- Psychiatry/Mental Health
- Women’s Health Practitioners must practice full-time providing primary health services at an eligible site.
“Full-time” is defined as a minimum of 40 hours per week (not including travel or time on-call), for a minimum 45 weeks per year. Participants who take more than 7.14 weeks of leave in a service year for any reason (vacation, sick leave, CME, etc.) fail to meet the 45-week minimum. For a more detailed list of “Practitioner and Site Eligibility Determination”, please refer to Appendix A – Eligibility Determination.
Loans That Qualify
- Stafford loans
- Grad PLUS loans
- Consolidation Loans
- Perkins loans
- Private student loans
- State loans
You can find the application for this program here.