Indian Health Services Loan Repayment Program

April 2, 20190

Through the Indian Health Services Loan Repayment Program, qualifying health care professionals serving in native U.S. communities may qualify to have their student loans forgiven. Continue reading to see what you will need to be eligible for this awesome health services program.


In order to be eligible for the Indian Health Services Loan Repayment Program, you will need to commit to a 2-year service obligation to practice in a specific health profession full time. This program must be completed at an Indian Health Program site. The site must provide quality health care services to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Eligible medical professions include physicians, nurses, dentists, and physical therapists. Below you find all applicable professions that will qualify for this program:

Advanced Practice Nurse

• Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
• Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
• Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
• Nurse Practitioner (NP)
• Family Practice
• Geriatric
• Pediatric
• Psychiatric
• Women’s Health

Behavioral Health

• Clinical Psychology: PhD and PsyD
• Counseling — Licensed Professional Counselor: Master’s degree
• Counseling Psychology — PhD
• Social Work — Licensed Social Worker: Master’s degree


• Dental Hygiene
• Dentist — DDS and DMD


• Medicine: Allopathic and Osteopathic
• Podiatry: DPM

Nursing (Full-time clinical positions only)

• Nurse: ADN BSN


• Optometry: OD


• Pharmacy: PharmD

Physical Rehabilitation*

• Physical Therapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

* MS and DPT

Physician Assistant

• Physician Assistant: Certified

Other Health Professions

• Registered Dietician
• Medical Laboratory Scientist, BS

What is the award amount?

If you qualify for the Indian Health Services Loan Repayment Program, you may qualify for up to $20,000 for a maximum of 2 years.

What loans qualify for this program?
Through the Indian Health Services Loan Repayment Program, the following loans will be accepted:
• Stafford loans
• Grad PLUS loans
• Consolidation Loans
• Private student loans
• Institutional loans
• Perkins loans

For more information on this loan program, you can head over to the official site here.

How to apply?

For more information on the application process or any other general program inquiries, head over to the official website and follow the on-screen instructions to complete your application.


If you still have questions or would like to know more information please reach out to us here or you can go back to the Student Loan Repayment Assistance Programs page.