The Maryland Dent Care Loan Assistance Repayment Program (MDC-LARP) is the student loan repayment program for dentists. Like similar physician repayment programs, MDC-LARP provides student loan repayment assistance to dentists for treating Maryland’s most vulnerable populations. The purpose of MDC-LARP is to increase access to oral health care services for Maryland Medical Assistance Program (MMAP) recipients by increasing the number of dentists treating this population.
During the 2000 Maryland legislative session, House Bill 543/Senate Bill 519, entitled the Maryland Dent-Care Loan Assistance Repayment Program (MDC-LARP), was passed providing State funding for a student loan repayment program for dentists. The purpose of MDC-LARP is to increase access to oral health care services for Maryland Medical Assistance Program (MMAP) recipients by increasing the number of dentists treating this population. Through receipt of up to $99,000 in non-taxable loan repayment assistance over a three-year period, participating dentists agree to treat a minimum of 30% MMAP recipients as a portion of their total patient population per year. For a three-year commitment and dependant upon available funding, MDC-LARP may provide loan repayments to five Maryland licensed dentists a year.
MDC-LARP is collaboration between the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), Office of Student Financial Assistance and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health (OOH). The Office of Student Financial Assistance distributes the loan repayment checks and the Office of Oral Health promotes the program, collects all applications, convenes a review panel, conducts initial orientation with award recipients, monitors award recipients to confirm they are meeting their obligations, and gathers feedback from award recipients.
- Serves three years in a full-time eligible dental practice site(s).
- Treats a minimum of 30% MMAP recipients as a portion of the total patient population.
- Enrolls with the MMAP’s Maryland Healthy Smiles program.
- Keeps record of all patients treated (MMAP and non-MMAP) and provides monthly written reports to the Office of Oral Health.
This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.
Maryland Higher Education Commission
Office of Student Financial Assistance
839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400
Annapolis, MD 21401