North Dakota’s Veterinarian Loan Repayment Program
The loan repayment program for doctors of veterinary medicine is a state-financed and administered loan repayment program designed to attract new food animal veterinarians to North Dakota to practice in areas of need. The focus of the program is to attract new graduates of veterinary schools although any veterinarian may apply if he or she has an outstanding educational loan and is licensed to practice in North Dakota. Each veterinarian selected may receive up to $80,000 to repay educational loans. The amount of the loan repayment award may not exceed the amount of the educational loan(s). Three veterinarians may be selected per year. Each veterinarian that received an award must enter a contract with the North Dakota Department of Health. The contract states the amount of time the veterinarian must serve in a community or communities and the amount of the award.
The length of the service obligation and the amount of the awards are:
- A two year contract pays $15,000 for the first year and $15,000 for the second year; or
- A three year contract pays $15,000 for the first year, $15,000 for the second year and $25,000 for the third year; or
- A four year contract pays $15,000 for the first year, $15,000 for the second year, $25,000 for the third year and $25,000 for the fourth year.
Who may receive loan repayment awards?
Veterinarians who are licensed to practice and reside, or will reside, in North Dakota and have outstanding educational loans may receive loan repayment awards. Applicants do not have to be licensed at the time of the application. The first payment from the state is made after the veterinarian completes six months of full-time service, however, the veterinarians remain responsible for making payments to the lending institution(s) in accordance with the policies and schedule of the lending institution(s). State payments are made directly to the lending institution(s). The veterinarian must begin providing full-time service within six months of the State Health Council’s approval. If the veterinarian cannot begin working within six months, he/she must reapply in the next calendar year.
Applications must be postmarked by January 31 each year. The State Health Council, in consultation with the State Board of Animal Health, considers each application at its next meeting. For dates of upcoming State Health Council meetings call the North Dakota Department of Health at 701-328-2372 or email [email protected]. Applicants are notified of the State Health Council’s decision immediately after the Council’s Meeting.
Loans That Qualify
- Stafford loans
- Student PLUS loan
- Consolidation loans
- Private student loans
- Institutional loans
- Perkins loans
You must have borrowed these loans for veterinary education.
You can apply for this program here.