Ohio Dentist Loan Repayment Program And Dental Hygienist Loan Repayment Program
The goal of the Ohio Dentist Loan Repayment Program (ODLRP) and the Ohio Dental Hygienist Loan Repayment Program (ODHLRP) is to increase access to dental care for underserved communities and populations. In exchange for loan repayment assistance, dentists and dental hygienists commit to practice for a minimum of two years at an eligible site in a Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or Dental Health Resource Shortage Area, accept Medicaid, and see patients regardless of ability to pay.
For the first two-year contract, selected full-time applicants practicing a minimum of 40 hours per week may receive up to $25,000 annually for repayment of outstanding dental or dental hygiene school debt. Those who remain at their practice sites and maintain eligibility may receive up to $35,000 annually for a third and fourth year of service. Part-time participants practicing between 20 and 39 hours per week may receive up to half the amount of full-time participants.
Eligibility Currently practicing general and pediatric dentists and dental hygienists working in underserved areas of Ohio are eligible to apply for repayment of school loans related to their professional training. In addition, dental and dental hygiene students in their final year of training, and dental residents in their last year of general or pediatric residency training are also eligible to apply for the programs.
To qualify for loan repayment, clinicians must provide dental services in dental practice sites located in underserved areas, practicing either full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (20-39 hours per week). Services must be provided for Medicaid-eligible persons and others without regard to a patient’s inability to pay. Dental health professionals are paid a salary in addition to the loan repayment they receive.
Teaching in community-based dental practice sites may be considered part of the direct patient care hours under certain circumstances. Loan repayment program participants who serve full‐time may count up to eight hours per week of teaching at an approved practice site. For participants serving part‐time, no more than four hours of the minimum 20 hours per week may consist of teaching or other practice‐related administrative activities at the approved practice site.
All dental practice sites must be located in either a federally‐designated dental health professional shortage area (HPSA) or in a state-designated dental health resource shortage area as defined in Ohio Administrative Code Section 3701-56-04. To search for federal HPSA designations, visit http://hpsafind.hrsa.gov/. The Ohio Department of Health can also provide assistance in determining if a dental practice site is located in an area that will qualify as a dental health resource shortage area. See Contact section (page 9) of these instructions for contact information.
Applicants who currently have an obligation for service with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholar, Loan Repayment or Students to Service Programs, MEDTAPP Program or other entity are not eligible to participate unless that service obligation will be completely satisfied prior to signing the loan repayment contract.
All loans must have been received at the accredited dental or dental hygiene college.
- Stafford loans
- Grad PLUS loans
- Perkins loans
- Consolidation loans
- Private loans
- State loans
- Health Professions Student Loans (HPSL)
- Loans For Disadvantaged Students (LDS)
You can find the application here.