Students must agree to practice one year in a shortage area for each year a student loan is awarded. Student loan recipients must be fully licensed to practice by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Regulation & Licensure and not in a residency or internship program before receiving loan forgiveness.
The number and amount of student loans are determined annually based on state funding. The maximum annual student loan amount for a medical, dental, or psychologist student is $20,000 for up to four (4) years and $10,000 for a PA or master's level mental health student for up to two (2) years.
Applications are accepted April 1 through June 1 of each year. Each applicant will be interviewed by the Rural Health Advisory Commission. To be eligible, students, who are Nebraska residents, must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a medical, dental, or graduate-level mental health training program in Nebraska. Awards are made by the Rural Health Advisory Commission based on the student's understanding of and commitment to the practice of primary care, dental care, or mental health care in rural Nebraska.
Other RestrictionsNebraska Medical student/PA Schools only
Malene A. Janssen
NE HHSS- Department of Services, Office of Rural Health
State of Nebraska
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 95044
Lincoln, NE 68509-5044