The Iowa Loan Repayment Program

Type Loan
Amount $25k - 50k


  • Offers two-year grants to primary care medical, dental, and mental health practitioners for use in repayment of educational loans.
  • Requires a two-year practice commitment in a public or non-profit site located in a health professional shortage area (HPSA).
  • HPSAs are designed to identify communities with diminishing health care services and provide them with opportunities to improve access to and availability of care. By identifying health professional shortage areas, communities become eligible for state and federal assistance to recruit and retain health professionals, access additional reimbursement dollars, and eventually alleviate the shortage. Primary care providers must practice in a primary care HPSA, dental providers in a dental HPSA, and mental health professionals in a mental health HPSA. To find out whether a particular area or facility is located in a HPSA, go to:
  • Provides up to $50,000 per year for full-time and $25,000 per year for part-time primary care physicians, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, dentists, dental hygienists, physician assistants, registered nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical social workers (LISW), and psychiatric nurse specialists.
  • PRIMECARRE applications are accepted annually through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The RFP packet is posted each fall on the Iowa Department of Public Health website. Contracts begin each January with approximately 5-8 successful applicants.