Students interested in a career in primary health care are eligible for support for their medical studies through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship program in exchange for practicing in underserved regions after graduation.
Learn more about NHSC scholarships, including their requirements, perks, and commitments.
What is NHSC scholarship?
The Health Resources and Services Administration oversees federally sponsored NHSC scholarships (HRSA). In exchange for a commitment to work for at least two years at an NHSC-approved location in a medically underserved community, scholarships pay for tuition, fees, and other educational costs as well as give a living stipend.
The student consents to spend one year (minimum two years) at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community across the country for each year of financial support (up to four years).
service starts once you graduate (and completion of primary care residency training for doctors and dentists). NHSC assists students in selecting a practice location that is ideal for them.
While in service, scholars are paid a market-rate wage by the facility that hired them.
NHSC Scholarship eligibility
Candidates should be:
US nationals or US citizens (US born or US naturalized).
enrolled full-time in a recognized university in a U.S. territory or state.
the following primary health care specialties are enrolled in or accepted:
primary care doctor (DO or MD)
Dentist primary care physician assistant (PA) (DDS or DMD)
Nurse practitioner family (NP)
professional nurse-midwife (CNM)
HNSC Scholarship rewards
Funding for a maximum of four (4) years paid directly to PCOM:
- Required School Fees
- Reasonable educational costs
- Monthly living stipend (paid directly to student)
Scholarship payments other than the living stipend are federal income tax-free.
How To Apply For NHSC Scholarship
Applications are accepted for the NHSC scholarship program once a year. The application period for the scholarship program opens in the spring of each year, and applications are typically due by the end of April. Join the NHSC’s email list to be notified when the application program is available.
The scholarship recipient list is announced no later than September 30.
The application process for NHSC scholarships is quite tough. More than 1,800 applications are submitted annually from hundreds of institutions across the nation. Only about 10% of candidates are chosen to earn a scholarship.
The dedication to providing primary care in underprivileged regions and a desire to continue serving after completing their NHSC are the two criteria for consideration for the scholarship.
Click the link below to get started https://www.nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html
NHSC Loan Program For Students
The NHSC also provides a loan repayment option in addition to the scholarship program.
Through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, licensed healthcare professionals can receive up to $50,000 toward student loan repayment in exchange for a two-year commitment at an NHSC-approved location (NHSC LRP). Participants who are accepted may work as primary care medical, dental, or mental/behavioral health practitioners and may elect to work longer hours in exchange for more debt repayment assistance.
Students in their fourth year of DO might also think about the NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP). Students studying medicine (MD or DO) and dentistry may earn up to $120,000 during their final academic year through this program.
Students must agree to serve for at least three years at an NHSC site that has been approved in a region with a shortage of health professionals.Join Our Social Media Community