Hawaii State Loan Repayment Program

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The Hawaii/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center is pleased to announce the Hawaii State Loan Repayment Program (HSLRP), a grant-funded program. The State Loan Repayment Program will offer primary care and behavioral health care providers who work at non-profit organizations that are designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Hawaii assistance in repayment of educational loan debt.

Who’s Eligible?

  • Primary care physicians (allopathic/osteopathic)
  • primary care advanced practice nurse practitioners
  • certified nurse-midwives
  • primary care physician assistants
  • health service psychologists
  • licensed clinical social workers
  • licensed professional counselors
  • marriage and family therapists.

Primary care specialties for physicians are considered:

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Geriatrics and Psychiatry

Primary Care Specialties for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are:

  • Adult
  • Family
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry/mental health
  • Geriatrics and Women’s health

Applicants must be United States citizens or U.S. Nationals, have no outstanding contractual obligation for health professional services to the Federal Government, State or other entity, no judgment lien against their property for a debt to the U.S. government and not be excluded, debarred, suspended or disqualified by a Federal agency. Initial eligibility will be evaluated through background and credit checks. Awarded recipients will be selected by a subcommittee of the Hawaii Medical Education Council. All selected will be obligated to commit to 2 years of full-time service or 4 years of halftime service at HSLR sites. HSLR sites are public or non-profit private entities located and providing health services in primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). These include federally-qualified health centers, rural health clinics, critical access hospitals, long-term care facilities, community outpatient facilities, free clinics, school-based health clinics, state or federal correctional facilities and nonprofit solo or group practices in geographic HPSAs.

A list of the HPSA locations can be viewed at http://hpsafind.hrsa.gov/. Your site can qualify, even with a HPSA score of 0! In addition to caring for the community they serve, recipients are expected to be involved with workforce development activities, including health career recruitment and teaching and behavioral health. The Hawaii Student Loan Repayment Program is expected to improve the number of primary care providers in medically underserved areas of Hawaii, as well as improve the retention of health care providers in medically underserved areas by lessening the burden of large debt. Please note, this is a grant-funded program so a continuation of State Loan Repayment funding from year to year is subject to continuation of federal grant funds. For this reason, we cannot commit to funding past the initial year of commitment, but if you agree to participate, you will be obligated for the full time of initial service (2 years full-time or 4 years halftime) if funding ends. Having said that we expect to continue on a year to year contract by mutual agreement after the initial commitment is met

Loans That Qualify
  • Stafford loans
  • Grad PLUS loans
  • Perkins loans
  • Institutional loans
  • Consolidation loans
  • Private student loans
Next Steps

Complete and submit the Hawai’i State Loan Repayment Program application.

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