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Paid StampThe New Hampshire State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) provides funds to health care professionals working in areas of the State designated as being medically underserved and who are willing to commit and contract with the State for a minimum of three years (or two if part-time). The allotment of funds is contingent on the availability of specified SLRP funding in the State budget for any given fiscal year. These medically underserved areas; identified as Health Care Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (MHPSAs), Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (DHPSAs), Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps), and Governor's Exceptional Medically Underserved Populations (E-MUP) are indicators that a shortage of primary healthcare providers exist, posing a barrier to access to primary health care services for the residents of these areas. Organizations/facilities that are funded by programs in the Department of Health and Human Services Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol are also considered eligible sites. Health care providers participating in the SLRP agree to provide medical services to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. In addition, the health care provider and the practice site must offer a sliding-fee schedule based on current federal poverty guidelines, accept Medicaid, Medicare, and provide free care when medically necessary.

The Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), Rural Health & Primary Care Section (RHPC) administers this program.

Service Requirement
In order to be eligible to receive loan repayment, an applicant MUST commit to and sign a binding contract to complete a minimum service obligation of thirty-six months for full time service or to a minimum obligation of twenty-four months for part-time service with their current practice site.

Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must be US citizens, must not have any unserved obligations for service to another governmental or non-governmental agency, must not be receiving loan repayment money from any other program, and must be licensed in the State of New Hampshire and ready to begin full- or part-time clinical practice at the eligible practice site once a contract has been signed.

NH Licensed Health Care Professionals Eligible for SLRP
Licensed health care professionals in the following fields are eligible to apply for loan repayment contracts under the SLRP:

Tier 1 MDs/DOs: Doctors of Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine
  DDs: General Practice Dentists (DDS. or DMD)
Tier 2 NPs: Primary Care Certified Nurse Practitioners
  NMs: Certified Nurse Midwives
  PAs: Primary Care Physician Assistants
  MLADCs: Masters Level Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Effective 10/1/2015
  HCPs: Psychologist (PhD or equivalent)
  LICSWs: Licensed Clinical Social Workers (MA or PhD)
  PNSs: Psychiatric Nurse Specialists
  LPCs: Licensed Professional Counselors (MA or PhD)
  MHCs: Mental Health Counselors
  MFTs: Marriage and Family Therapists (MA or PhD)
Tier 3 RDHs: Registered Clinical Dental Hygienists
  LADCs: Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Effective 10/1/2015

General Surgeons
General Surgeons who are employed by a Critical Access Hospital in New Hampshire and are working "full time" which is defined as a minimum of 40 hours per week, for minimum of 45 weeks per service year providing general surgery at an eligible practice site, with no more than 8 hours per week devoted to practice-related administrative activities. General practitioners who have not completed their residency training programs, school psychologists, school licensed professional counselors, and RNs & LPNs are not eligible for funding under the State Loan Repayment Program.

General Surgeons can receive loan repayments for $75,000 for a minimum service obligation of thirty-six months with an opportunity of an extension for an additional twenty-four months at $40,000. The Critical Access Hospital is required to provide 50% matching funds.

Potential Award Amounts

Full-time:

State of New Hampshire SLRP will offset graduate or undergraduate educational loans to full-time Tier 1 primary care physicians, dentists, and psychiatrists for $75,000 for a minimum service obligation of thirty-six months with an opportunity of an extension for an additional twenty-four months at $40,000 as well as full-time eligible Tier 2 health care professionals for $45,000 for a minimum service obligation of thirty-six months with an opportunity of an extension for an additional twenty-four months at $20,000. Effective 10/1/2015, Tier 3 Registered Dental Hygienists and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors are eligible for $30,000 for a minimum service obligation of thirty-six months with an opportunity of an extension for an additional twenty-four months at $10,000.

Part-time:

State of New Hampshire SLRP will offset graduate or undergraduate educational loans to part-time primary care physicians, dentists, and psychiatrists for $27,500 for a minimum service obligation of twenty-four months with an opportunity of an extension for an additional twelve-months at $10,000 as well as part-time eligible licensed health care professionals for $17,500 for a minimum service obligation of twenty-four months with an opportunity for an extension for an additional twelve-months for $5,000.

Funding Match:

State of New Hampshire SLRP contracts are awarded first to applicants who have secured a one-to-one match for each state dollar in the contract. This match can come from the eligible practice site or the community in which the applicant will practice. If an applicant is unable to secure a match, his/her application will be considered in competition with all other unmatched applications received.

Application Deadlines State Fiscal Year:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed quarterly. Quarterly applications deadlines are: March 15 (for July 1 start), June 15 (for October 1 start), September 15 (for January 1 start) and December 15 (for April 1 start).”

For more information please read the Guidelines for the State Loan Repayment ProgramAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

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