Rhode Island Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program

December 6, 2019by Riley Hendrickson0
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Through the Rhode Island Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program, qualified applicants may be eligible to qualify for student loan forgiveness towards their current student loans. Award recipients must make a two-year commitment to provide direct patient care in an ambulatory outpatient setting. Part-time employment requires a commitment of four years. Read on to see eligibility requirements, award amounts, and the application process for the Rhode Island Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program.

Eligibility?

The Rhode Island Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program is available to a wide variety of medical, dental, and mental health professionals who work where there is a shortage of healthcare providers or other barriers to care. Through the Rhode Island Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program, the following professions are eligible for the loan repayment program:
  • Doctors of Allopathic Medicine (MD)*
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)*
  • General Practice Dentists (D.D.S. or D.M.D.)
  • Pediatric Dentists
  • Primary Care Certified Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Primary Care Physician Assistants
  • Registered Clinical Dental Hygienists
  • Health Service Psychologist (formerly Clinical or Counseling Psychologists (Ph.D. or equivalent)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (masters or doctoral degree in social work)
  • Psychiatric Nurse Specialists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Licensed Professional Counselors (masters or doctoral degree with a major study in counseling)
  • Marriage and Family Therapists (masters or doctoral degree with a major study in marriage and family therapy)
  • Registered Nurses (RN, APRN)
  • Pharmacists (PharmD)
  • Master’s level substance use counselors
*Approved Primary Care Specialties for Physicians:
1. Family medicine (and osteopathic general practice)
2. Internal medicine including geriatrics
3. Pediatrics
4. Obstetrics/gynecology
5. Geriatrics
6. Psychiatry
General Practitioners (physicians who have not completed residency training programs) are not eligible for funding under the RI Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program.

How much can I expect to be awarded? 

Through the Rhode Island Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program, award amounts will vary depending on what profession you are in as well as available funding for the program and must make a two-year commitment to provide direct patient care in an ambulatory outpatient setting. In the event that you are only able to do a part-time c0mmitment, you are required to a commitment of four years.

You can find out more information through the program’s website.

What loans are eligible for this program?

Through the Rhode Island Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program, the following loans will qualify:

• Stafford loans
• Grad PLUS loans
• Consolidation loans
• Perkins loans
• Health Professions Student Loan (HPSLs)
• Private student loans

How do I apply for this repayment program? 

In order to apply for the Rhode Island Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program, head over to their website to find out more information on this program.

You can also head over to the Frequently Asked Questions or submit your questions in writing to [email protected].

Questions?

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.

 

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