Kentucky Office of Rural Health
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The National Health Service Corps grants matching funds directly to States to operate their own loan repayment program to improve and expand access to health care for the underserved. In Kentucky this program is administered by the State Office of Rural Health. Program eligibility requirements and benefits are established by federal law authorizing the State Loan Repayment Program (Section 3881 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended by Public Law 101-587).

The Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program (KSLRP) is a 50/50 matching program that provides loan repayment for qualified educational loans incurred by primary care health professionals. In return, the professionals make a two-year commitment to practice full-time for an eligible sponsoring organization in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). Visit (external link) to determine if your chosen area qualifies.

In Kentucky, the health professional must seek his/her own sponsors for loan repayment; the award amount is negotiated between the health professional and the sponsoring organization. The award can be no more than $35,000 per year ($17,500 federal funds, $17,500 matching) for a total of $70,000 for a two-year obligation. Please see the KSLRP Eligibility Requirements for program eligibility.

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Kentucky Office of Rural Health
750 Morton Blvd.
Hazard, KY 41701
Phone: 606-439-3557