Illinois National Health Service Corps State Loan Repayment Program

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To Be Eligible …
Program funds are used to repay educational loans of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, dentists and psychiatrists who agree to serve full-time or half-time in federally designated health professional shortage areas (HPSA) in Illinois without regard for their ability to pay.
 
Providers will be able to work less than full-time, but at a minimum of half-time if they agree to extend their obligation period twofold.   

Program applicants must be:

  • Be licensed in Illinois as a primary care physician (residency trained or board eligible osteopathic or allopathic physicians trained in family practice, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, internal medicine-pediatrics, obstetrics and  gynecology;  nurse practitioners,  physician assistants, nurse midwives; dentists or psychiatrists), or expect to be licensed in Illinois and who is willing to practice at public or nonprofit, private entities providing primary healthcare services in a federally designated HPSA in Illinois;
  • Sign a contract with the Illinois Department of Public Health guaranteeing their minimum commitment of two years of service in an HPSA;
  • Be indebted to a governmental or commercial lending institution for educational expenses incurred in pursuit of the applicant’s degrees or diploma; and
  • Be a U.S. citizen.

For the Minimum Two Years full-time Service: Up to $25,000 annually.  However, if the total amount of the applicant’s qualified educational loans is less than $50,000, one-half of the total qualified educational loan amounts will be received annually.

Maximum Repayment Amount: Up to $50,000
Site Contribution: Up to $12,500 per year for two years

Applicants must enter into a minimum two-year contract.  A third year and a fourth year can be added individually upon completion of the initial two-year obligation.

Loans That Qualify
  • Stafford loans
  • PLUS loans
  • Consolidation loans
  • Perkins loans
  • Private loans
  • State loans
  • Institutional loans

You can access the application here.

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