State Loan Repayment Program Now Accepting Applications from Health Care Providers
Thursday, September 12, 2019 2:15 PM
The Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program (KSLRP) is now accepting
applications from health care providers seeking assistance with paying off
their student loan debt.
The KSLRP is a loan repayment assistance program that helps to recruit and
retain health care providers in rural and underserved communities across
the state. Applicants selected to participate in the competitive program
agree to work full time for two years providing primary care services at an
eligible practice site located in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
Participants receive tax-free student loan repayment awards — ranging from
$10,000 to $40,000 a year — in exchange for their service commitment.
The current application window runs from September 1 to October 1. The deadline to
submit completed application materials is Tuesday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m. (ET).
Eligible applicants include physicians, physician assistants, nurse
practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, registered nurses, dentists,
registered dental hygienists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed
professional clinical counselors, health service psychologists, marriage
and family therapists, psychiatric nurse specialists, alcohol and substance
abuse counselors and pharmacists.
Common practice sites include federally-qualified health centers, rural
health clinics, community mental health facilities, state and county health
department clinics, free clinics, critical access hospitals affiliated with
a qualified outpatient clinic, correctional or detention facilities and
private practices. Practice sites must be public or nonprofit private
The KSLRP is a 50/50 match program: For every federal dollar provided by
the KSLRP, participants must have a 1:1 match from a sponsor source.
Sponsors can include employers at the practice site; private foundations,
corporations, community organizations and/or philanthropies; and,
rurally-oriented organizations requesting that their funds be used to
support the placement of practitioners in rural areas.
Maximum annual awards range from $10,000 to $40,000, depending on
applicants’ disciplines and specialties, level of loan indebtedness and
sponsor commitment level.
Participants’ service commitment begins in January 2020.
The program also allows past participants to apply for one-year extension
Program guidelines and all application materials can be found online at
The Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) serves as the administrator for
the KSLRP, which is funded through the National Health Service Corps, a
federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health
Workforce. The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health
serves as Kentucky’s federally-designated KORH.
For more information, please contact Michael McGill, firstname.lastname@example.org
, 606-439-3557, Ext. 83518; or Lisa Garza, email@example.com , 606-439-3557,
Providers can also contact KHA Solutions Group Affinity Partner Fiducius to determine the best loan forgiveness program to suit your needs at no cost to the provider or the employer. For more information, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (firstname.lastname@example.org).