The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Service-obligated scholarships for full-time students of allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) medicine, dentistry, primary care nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, and primary care physician assistants.
Other health disciplines may be included if needed by the National Health Service Corps.
Scholarships pay tuition and required fees to the school, a monthly stipend to students for living expenses and a single annual payment to the student to assist with other reasonable educational expenses.
Reasonable expenses may include books, supplies, equipment, uniforms, travel for the provision of clinical services, etc.
The program requires 1 year of service for each year of scholarship support, with a minimum 2-year service commitment after graduation, post graduate training and/or licensure.
A maximum of 4 years of support may be awarded.
Service sites are selected by the scholarship recipient from the list of high priority sites in HPSAs identified by the NHSC. Refer to the NHSC Scholarship Program Guidance for specific requirements.
At the time of application, the applicant must be a U.S.
citizen or national.
The applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited school in a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S.
Territory as a full-time student in a course of study leading to a health professional degree.
The applicant must be eligible for Federal employment, be free of any Federal judgment liens, not be excluded, debarred, suspended or disqualified by a Federal agency, and have no conflicting service obligation.
The applicant must submit an application and a signed contract to the National Health Service Corps agreeing to accept payment of scholarship and provide full-time primary health services in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
U.S. citizens or nationals enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited school in a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. Territory in a course of study leading to an eligible health professional degree.
Applicants should review the NHSC Scholarship Application and Program Guidance on the HRSA website issued under this CFDA program for additional information such as required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applicants may apply online at https://programportal.hrsa.gov.
All qualified applications are forwarded to an objective review committee and scored numerically. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Section 338A of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC 254l), as amended; Section 331(i) of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC 254d) as amended; and Sections 338C-H of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC 254m-q), as amended; Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-10).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Notification to successful and rejected applicants is made no later than September 30th of the application year.
Renewal applications are not necessary for students in compliance; contracts may be multi-year funded through graduation (1 to 4 years, if the applicant signs the contract through the graduation date).
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Each award covers from 1 to 4 years of support, as requested. No awardees may receive more than 4 years of support: Tuition and fees are paid directly to the recipient?s school. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html. Stipends and payments for other reasonable costs are released through Direct Deposit to recipients? accounts through PSC.
Post Assistance Requirements
Annual reports by schools indicating average student educational expenses are required.
The academic institution where the student is enrolled must complete and submit a Verification of Enrollment Form each semester.
The employing facility must complete and send a semi-annual In-Service Verification form verifying that the participating health professional is providing service.
The certification includes a signature by an appropriate official of the facility.
Cash reports are not applicable.
Progress reports are not applicable.
Expenditure reports are not applicable.
Performance monitoring is not applicable.
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Current Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Please see application process at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/.
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program, Division of National Health Service Corps, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 14N56, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4400
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
By statute, first priority will be given to any applicant for such assistance, who has previously received a scholarship under this section or under section 758 of the PHS Act. Second priority will be given to students who are from a disadvantaged background, and third priority will be given to all students who have characteristics which increase the probability they will continue professional practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area when they complete their service obligation.