Illinois National Health Service Corps State Loan Repayment Program

Illinois Department of Public Health
Type Loan Forgiveness
Amount $120,000For the Minimum Two Years of Service: Up to $25,000 annually. However, if the total amount of the applicant's qualified educational loans is less than $50,000, one-half of the total qualified educational loan amounts will be received annually. For Three Years of Service: Up to $25,000 for each of the first two years and up to $35,000 for the third year of service. However, if the balance of the applicant's qualified educational loans is less than $35,000, payment will be received only for the balance of the qualified educational loans in the third year. For Four Years of Service: Up to $25,000 for each of the first and second years of service and $35,000 annually for the third and fourth years of service. However, if the balance of the applicant's qualified educational loans is less than $35,000, payment will be received only for the balance of the qualified educational loans in the fourth year.

Description

THE PROGRAM’S GOAL IS TO ASSIST COMMUNITIES IN RECRUITING HEALTH 
PROFESSIONALS WILLING TO PRACTICE FULL­TIME IN FEDERAL HEALTH 
PROFESSIONAL SHORTAGE AREAS (HPSA). 


Program funds are used to repay educational loans of  physicians, nurse practitioners, physician
assistants, nurse midwives, dentists and psychiatrists who agree to serve full-time in federally
designated health professional shortage areas (HPSA) in Illinois without regard for their ability
to pay.


PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS 
Program applicants must be:
• Be licensed in Illinois as a primary care physician (residency trained or board eligible
osteopathic or allopathic physicians trained in family practice, general internal medicine,
general pediatrics, internal medicine pediatrics, obstetrics and  gynecology;  nurse
practitioners,  physician assistants, nurse midwives; dentists or psychiatrists), or expect to be
licensed in Illinois and who is willing to practice full-time at public or nonprofit, private
entities providing primary healthcare services in a federally designated HPSA in Illinois;
• Sign a contract with the Illinois Department of Public Health guaranteeing their minimum
commitment of two years of service in a HPSA;  
• Be indebted to a governmental or commercial lending institution for educational expenses
incurred in pursuit of the applicant’s degrees or diploma; and
• Be a U.S. citizen.

 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES 
Every participant is required to engage in the full-time clinical practice of the profession for
which the participant was awarded a loan repayment contract.  Full-time clinical practice is
defined as a minimum of 40 hours per week. For physicians, the practice will include ambulatory care, as well as hospital care appropriate to meet the needs of patients and to assure continuity of care.
 
For all health professionals, except obstetrician/gynecologist physicians and certified nurse
midwives, at least 32 minimum of 40 hours per week must be spent providing clinical services.  
These services must be conducted during normally scheduled clinic hours in the ambulatory care setting office(s) specified in the contract. The remaining hours must be spent providing inpatient care to patients of the clinic and/or in practice-related administrative activities.

More Information

http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/rural_health/rural_home.htm

Center for Rural Health
Illinois Department of Public Health
535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761