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Health Professional Loan Repayment Program

Mission

To improve access to care and address health professional shortages that cause disparities in health through the recruitment and retention of health professionals who provide healthcare services in medically underserved communities.

Through the Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP), licensed primary care, dental, and mental health clinicians in eligible disciplines can receive loan repayment assistance. In exchange for loan repayment, you must serve at least two years of service at an approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

Review the HPLRP Eligibility Guidelines for more information about qualified disciplines and to learn more about the service terms.

Application Cycle for 2024 Awards

Application Cycle for 2024 Awards

  • The 2024 application cycle opened on December 18, 2023.
  • The application submission deadline is March 1, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET
Step 1: Complete the 2024 HPLRP Application Step 2: Required supporting documents

Need technical assistance with the application? We are here to help!

Technical assistance questions are scheduled to review the application process and answer any questions. Join on of our sessions below:

Determine Your Eligibility

To be eligible for a HPLRP award, clinicians must:

  • Be a United States citizen or national (U.S. born or naturalized).
  • Have completed health educational training in an accredited graduate training program and possess a valid and unrestricted license to practice their profession in Rhode Island.
  • Be employed at or have accepted employment at a RI HPLPR Approve Site.
  • Not have any other existing service obligations with other entities.
  • Not be in breach of any other health professional service obligation.
  • Be free from judgments arising from federal debt.
  • Be willing to commit to a 2-year service obligation.

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Site Eligibility

Site Eligibility

To host HPLRP providers, a practice site must:

  • Be located in a federally designated HPSA in Rhode Island.
  • Be a public or private not-for-profit outpatient facility.
  • Pay the provider a prevailing wage.
  • Use a Sliding Fee Discount program to ensure patients have access to all primary care services for the site type (i.e. behavioral health, dental, etc.).

Sites can apply to host HPLRP providers at any time! Please complete the Rhode Island HPLRP Site application and or reach out to us with question.

Rhode Island HPLRP Site Application

Currently Eligible Sites

 

Click for a List of Current Eligible Sites

Forms & Resources

What we do

  • Offer health education loan repayments to primary care, dentistry, and mental health professionals that have made a commitment to practice in medically underserved communities.
  • Review, and evaluate applications from healthcare professionals and sites to determine program eligibility based on regulations and the availability of funding.

Other Resources

Explore Loan Repayment & Support Navigation Tool

This Loan Repayment & Support Navigation Tool is designed to help health professionals and those seeking health careers become aware of the potential loan repayment program options available in Rhode Island. Please use this resource to explore what loan repayment programs may be available to you.

Resources/Opportunities through the National Health Service Corps:

Federal loan repayment programs:

Federal scholarships:

Resources/Opportunities through the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority:

RISLA is a non-profit agency offering, college planning services,  low cost student loans, scholarships, and student refinancing options to students and families nationwide.

Resources/Opportunities through Wavemaker Fellowship:

The Wavemaker Fellowship provides a financial incentive for health professional working in Rhode Island in the form of an annual refundable tax credit against their Rhode Island income tax to defray the cost of student loan repayments.