National Health Service Corps

Medical Studens: Look forward to less debt

Whether you are a prospective or current osteopathic medical student or a recent graduate, the offers programs that help students get money for school loans in exchange for serving in a community of need. Receive up to $120,000, in addition to a competitive salary and benefits, for three years of full-time or six years of part-time service. 

Scroll down for more information about the NHSC Scholarship Program,  Students to Service Loan Repayment Program and the Loan Repayment Program. The deadline to apply for the Students to Service Loan Repayment Program has passed for 2023.

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Learn More About the NHSC and How to Apply


Collage of Service Corps recipients

For more than 50 years, the  (NHSC) has been building healthy communities by connecting highly qualified healthcare providers to underserved areas nationwide. The NHSC provides scholarships and loan repayment to skilled healthcare workers in exchange for providing healthcare to high-need rural, urban, and tribal areas that are designated .

NHSC scholarship and loan repayment programs provide a unique career path for service-minded health professionals who want to be part of the communities they serve. More than 20,000 NHSC physicians are currently in the community building trust and long-lasting relationships with over 21 million patients who otherwise may be apprehensive about seeking health care. Over time, these relationships are not only rewarding for the healthcare provider; they help address health equity and make a difference in the way that the community responds to treatment recommendations. Within their clinics, NHSC healthcare providers have opportunities to work on integrated care teams and often go on to serve as medical directors or other leadership positions.

The need for health professionals in underserved areas is clear. Nationwide, racial inequities continue to cause health disparities; healthcare worker shortages are growing; and mental health and substance abuse matters have been on the rise. To address these challenges, the NHSC's programs incentivize clinicians to work in areas of the country that have limited access to care.

The NHSC offers three programs that are designed to offset the expense of education for individuals pursuing health professions in exchange for service in high-need communities:

Scholarship Program

  • Students pursuing primary care health professions training may be eligible to receive full scholarships in exchange for practicing at an NHSC-approved site upon graduation and licensure. The  typically opens for applications annually in the spring.

Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

  • Medical, physician assistant, nursing, and dental students in their final year of school may be eligible to receive loan repayment assistance in exchange for service at an NHSC-approved site. The 2024  is open for applications. Eligible students can apply for awards of up to $120,000. In exchange, they serve a three-year commitment providing primary care services at NHSC-approved sites in high-need, underserved areas.
  • The deadline to apply for the NHSC S2S LRP application cycle has closed. Interested students should .

Loan Repayment Program

  • Working health professionals may be eligible to receive loan repayment in exchange for service at an NHSC-approved site. The  typically opens for applications annually in the winter and has three offerings with different eligibilities, award amounts, and service requirements – original, rural, and substance use disorder.

The NHSC is a program administered by the .