The Primary Care Office in the Bureau of Community Health Systems receives funding from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through the National Health Service Corps to administer the Kansas State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). The program provides loan repayment assistance to health professionals with qualifying educational loans.
Eligible professions include primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse mid-wives, dentists, dental hygienists, clinical psychologists/clinical psychotherapists, clinical social workers, clinical professional counselors and clinical marriage and family therapists.
To be eligible for an award, health professionals must commit to provide health care services at an eligible site located in a federally designated Health Professional Service Area (HPSA) for a minimum of 2 years. Employment must be with a public or nonprofit private agency or facility. The practice site is required to maintain an open door to all residents, regardless of their ability to pay or their pay source.
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) offers a number of programs to encourage health professionals to practice in America´s underserved communities. The goal of the NHSC is to unite communities in need with caring health professionals and support their efforts to build better systems of care.
Students dedicated to practicing primary care in communities of greatest need can compete for educational scholarships. In return for this scholarship support, they must agree to practice in communities across the Nation where need is the greatest.
The NHSC Loan Repayment Program (LRP) gives fully trained health professionals who are dedicated to serving the underserved and have qualifying educational loans the opportunity to compete for repayment of those loans if they choose to serve in a community of greatest need.
Kansas Bridging Plan
The Kansas Bridging Plan is a loan forgiveness program for resident physicians who are in Family Practice, General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, and Medicine/Pediatrics residency programs in Kansas. Its purpose is to encourage residents to practice in a rural community upon completion of their residency training. For the purposes of the Kansas Bridging Plan, "rural" means any community in any county in Kansas except Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, or Wyandotte. Click here for additional information on the Bridging Program.
Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
The mission of the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP) is to assist in the recruitment and retention of professional nurses who are dedicated to providing health care to underserved populations. The NELRP provides an economic incentive to nurses to start and/or continue practice in rural or urban communities with a shortage of nurses.
Nurses who are selected to participate in the NELRP must enter into a contractual agreement to provide full-time clinical care in an approved facility located in a shortage county. In exchange for a 2-year service commitment, the NELRP will pay 60% of the participant´s total qualifying educational loan balances (up to $30,000), subject to availability of funds. Types of facilities in which NELRP participants can be employed include: Indian Health Service Health Centers, Native Hawaiian Health Centers, Public hospitals, Migrant Health Centers, Community Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics.
Participants may qualify for an additional 25% if they meet the extension requirements for a 3rd year, subject to availability of funds. Within 3 years, participants can effectively pay off 85% of their original educational loan balance.