Loan Repayment and Incentive Programs
The Texas AHEC East - Capital Region can assist healthcare professionals find loan repayment and scholarship opportunities. We have partnered with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Texas State Office of Rural Health (SORH) to help advertise available programs.
Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program
The two year return home rule of the J-1 Visa for Foreign Medical Graduates can be waived if the physician agrees to work in an underserved area for a minimum of three years.
Eligible Disciplines: Physicians with J-1 Visa
- NHSC Scholarship Program
The National Health Service Corps scholarship pays tuition, required fees, and some other education costs, tax free, for as many as four years. Education costs may include books, clinical supplies, laboratory expenses, instruments, two sets of uniforms and travel for one clinical rotation.
Eligible Disciplines: Physicians, Dentists, Family Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwifes, Physician Assistants
- NHSC Loan Repayment Program
The National Health Service Corps provides $50,000 (or the outstanding balance of qualifying student loans if it is less than $50,000), tax free, to primary care medical, dental and mental health clinicians in exchange for two years of service at an approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
Eligible Disciplines: Physicians, Primary Care Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwifes, Primary Care Physician Assistants, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Health Service Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Psychiatric Nurse Specialists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors
- Outstanding Rural Scholar Recognition Program (ORSRP)
The Outstanding Rural Scholar Recognition Program is a competitive forgiveness loan program, which helps rural communities "grow their own" health care professionals. The program matches state funds with rural community funds to sponsor individuals pursuing health care professions that are needed in the sponsoring rural community. Upon licensure, the health care professional returns to the sponsoring rural community to practice health care.
Eligible Disciplines: A sponsored community member who is enrolled or intends to enroll in an eligible academic institution to pursue a healthcare career.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has created a document for an easy side-by-side comparison of the following loan repayment programs: NHSC LRP, J1 Visa Waiver Program, PELRP, DELRP and CMLRP. Please note that applications are no longer available for state-funded Loan Repayment Programs, including Physician Education Loan Repayment, Dental Education Loan Repayment and Children's Medicaid Loan Repayment.