Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program assists in the recruitment and retention of professional registered nurses (RN), including advanced practice RNs (APRNs), who are dedicated to working full-time in eligible health care facilities with a critical shortage of nurses or eligible schools of nursing.

NURSE Corps LRP decreases the ecomonic barriers associated with pursing careers at Critical Shortage Facilities or in academic nursing.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Center For Health Policy Development $ 2,729,970   2020-09-012023-08-31
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Fiscal Year 2016: 518 new awards were made. Fiscal Year 2017: Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The program offers RNs substantial economic assistance to repay their qualifying educational loans in exchange for full-time service at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses.

NURSE Corps LRP participants enter into a contract agreeing to provide full-time service at an approved Critical Shortage Facility (CSF) for two years.

In return, NURSE Corps LRP will pay 30 percent of the participant's total qualifying loan balance each year (total of 60 percent).

A participant may be eligible to continue his/her two-year NURSE Corps LRP contract to serve for a third (optional) year at a CSF.

If a participant works full-time for a third year in a CSF, the NURSE Corps LRP will pay an additional 25 percent of the participant's original total qualifying loan balance, bringing the total to 85 percent of eligible loan balances.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Individuals who satisfy the following criteria are eligible to apply: (1) have received a bachelor?s degree, a master?s degree, an associate degree, a diploma, or a doctoral degree in nursing; (2) have outstanding qualifying educational loans leading to a degree or diploma in nursing; (3) a U.S.

citizen (either U.S.

born or naturalized), U.S., national or a lawful permanent resident of the United States; (4) employed full-time (32 hours or more per week) at a critical shortage facility (CSF) or employed as a full-time nurse faculty member at an accredited, public or private nonprofit school of nursing; (5) have completed the nursing education program for which the loan balance applies; (6) have a current, full, permanent, unencumbered, unrestricted license in the State in which they intend to practice or be authorized to practice in the State under the Nurse Licensure Compact; and (7) submit a complete application, including a signed contract to work full-time as a registered or advanced practice nurse for 2 years at an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses or an accredited, eligible school of nursing.

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries include registered nurses who have received a diploma, an associate degree, a baccalaureate degree or a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.


Applicants should review the individual HRSA Application and Program Guidance issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants may apply online at

Award Procedures

Funding preference is given to applicants with the greatest financial need, defined as those qualified applicants whose debt-to-salary ration is 100 percent or greater. Qualified applicants are grouped into funding preference tiers and awards are made in order of decreasing debt-to-salary ratio beginning with Tier 1, until all funds are expended. Award notifications are sent by email before October 1 of each year.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Section 846(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 United States Code 297(n)(a)).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Notification to all applicants are made no later than September 30th of the application year.


Not Applicable.


Renewals for the third year of service will be considered based on the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

RNs and APRNs must provide full-time service (i.e. working at least 32 hours per week) for two consecutive years beginning on the effective date of the NURSE Corps LRP Contract. Nurse Faculty must provide full-time service working full time (as defined by the employer) as a nurse faculty member for a minimum of nine months per service year, for a period of two consecutive years beginning on the effective date of the contract at the school of nursing. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments are made to individuals via electronic direct deposit. Notifications are made by e-mail.

Post Assistance Requirements


The employing critical shortage facility or the school or nursing must complete and send a semi-annual In-Service Verification Form verifying that the participating nurse is providing full-time continuous service as a registered nurse (RN), nurse practitioner (NP) or nurse faculty.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


Not Applicable.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $49,549,932; FY 17 est $48,452,829; and FY 18 est $48,452,829

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY16 Range for new awards - $18,603 to $256,471; FY 16 Average new award - $78,376.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Please see application process for NURSE Corps LRP at Refer to the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Guidance.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, Division of Health Careers and Financial Support, Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4130

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Funding preference is defined as the funding of a specific category of group of approved applicants ahead of other categories or groups of approved applicants. As provided in section 846(e) of the PHS Act, as amended, a funding preference is given to eligible applicants with the greatest financial need. Awards are made to the highest ranked applicants until funds are expended.

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