The New Hampshire State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) provides funds to health care professionals working in areas of the State designated as being medically underserved. 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 that are funded by the Division of Public Health Services, Oral Health Program 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.
In order to be eligible to receive loan repayment, an applicant must agree to 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.
Applicants must be US citizens, must not have any unserved obligations for service to another governmental or non-governmental agency, 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:
|MDs/DOs:||Doctors of Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine|
|DDs:||General Practice Dentists (DDS. or DMD)|
|NPs:||Primary Care Certified Nurse Practitioners|
|NMs:||Certified Nurse Midwives|
|PAs:||Primary Care Physician Assistants|
|RDHs:||Registered Clinical Dental Hygienists|
|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)|
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.
Potential Award Amounts
State of New Hampshire SLRP will offset graduate or undergraduate educational loans to full-time 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 licensed 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.
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.
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.
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.
State Fiscal Year: July 1st thru June 30th
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed quarterly.
|Quarterly Application Deadlines:||April 1, July 1, October 1, January 1|
For more information please read the Guidelines for the State Loan Repayment Program.
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