Maine Dental Loan Repayment Program

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The Maine Dental Education Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment assistance to dentists practicing in underserved areas in Maine.

Eligibility

  • Agree to: serve all patients regardless of ability to pay through insurance or other payment sources; accept payment terms of MaineCare; provide a sliding fee scale for payment of services to individuals with family income up to 200% of federal poverty levels; and not limit service to any individual based on the payment source
  • Have qualifying outstanding education loans, including dental education loans
  • Be employed at a dental care facility in an underserved population area
  • Be licensed to practice in Maine
  • Not be under an agreement for loan repayment from a program funded by the National Health Service Corp

A dental care facility must be in an:

  • Underserved population area of Maine, providing primary dental care and provide notice to patients that it:
    • Accepts all patients regardless of ability to pay through insurance or other payment sources
    • Accepts payment on a sliding fee scale for certain low-income individuals
    • Accepts payment through MaineCare
    • Does not limit service to any individual based on payment source
What are the award amounts?

Up to $20,000 annually, $80,000 total

You must enter into an agreement requiring an initial two-year commitment, which is renewable for an additional two years.

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

You may apply online.

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