Colorado Health Service Corps

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Type Loan Forgiveness
Amount $50,000
Duration Year

See website for more details and multiple deadlines.


Under the Colorado Health Service Corps*, which is modeled after the National Health

Service Corps and is primarily funded through philanthropic support, nontaxable awards

may be made up to $35,000 for dentists and up to $7,500 for dental hygienists for each year

of full-time service. All contracts are for three years.


Additionally, there is an Expanded Dental Loan Option of the Colorado Health Service

Corps which includes dentists and registered dental hygienists (RDH). This program,

formerly known as the State Dental Loan Repayment Program, was transferred to the

Colorado Primary Care Office in July of 2011 and has now been incorporated under the

Colorado Health Service Corp umbrella. The Expanded Dental Loan Option is authorized

under state statue, administered under Board of Health Rule and funded under a state

appropriation. This program is complimented by federal dollars through a HRSA Oral

Health Workforce Grant. Loan awards for the Expanded Dental Loan Option require a two-
year commitment and vary based on the provider type and service to the under/uninsured

(Medicaid, SCHIP and Uninsured/Pro-bono):

  • Dentist Provider Level I = $25,000, 40 underserved/uninsured per month
  • Dentist Provider Level II = $20,000, 25 underserved/uninsured per month
  • Dentist Provider Level III = $10,000, 10 underserved/uninsured per month
  • RDH Provider Level I = $6,000, 20 underserved/uninsured per month
  • RDH  Provider Level II = $3,000, 10 underserved/uninsured per month
  • Contact Richard Marquez at (303) 691-4916 to learn more about Colorado’s Loan Repayment Programs.

*The Governor-appointed Advisory Council voted to cancel the March 2014 application

cycle for new applicants due to a lack of funding. In the event that the program secures

additional resources, the Advisory Council will first make awards to the existing pool of

eligible applicants that were deferred from the September 2013 round.


This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.

More Information

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Phone: 303-692-2466