Advanced Practice Healthcare Loan Repayment Program

Application cycle opens August 1, 2017

Who may apply?

To be eligible for the Advanced Practice Healthcare Loan Repayment Program (Formerly Health Professions Education Loan Repayment Program), the applicant must:

  • be currently licensed and practicing in one of the following professions:
    If you are in a dental profession, click the link below
    • Certified Nurse Midwives
    • Clinical Nurse Specialists
    • Dentist
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Pharmacists
    • Physical Therapists
    • Physician Assistants
    • Speech Therapists
  • be providing direct patient care 32+ hours or more a week
  • be working in a qualified facility
  • be in good standing with respective Board or Committee
  • have outstanding educational debt from a commercial or U.S. governmental lending institution
  • be free from any other service obligation, including other HPEF programs
  • be willing to continue working in a medically underserved area for twenty-four (24) months
  • complete and submit your application through CalREACH by the application deadline

Those awarded the Advanced Practice Healthcare Loan Repayment may receive *up to $50,000. If awarded, recipients agree to continue practicing full time, direct patient care at a qualified facility in California for a twenty-four (24) month service obligation. Qualified facilities include those designated by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources Administration (HRSA) or California’s Shortage Designation Program, a liaison to the federal Shortage Designation Branch (SDB) of Health Resources and Services Administration as Medically Underserved Area (MUA), Medically Underserved Population (MUP), Health Professional Shortage Area- Primary Care (HPSA-PC), Health Professional Shortage Area- Dental (HPSA-D), and Primary Care Shortage Area (PCSA). In addition to the Federal and CA state designations, any state, county, veteran, or correctional facility qualifies as well as Indian Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers. See chart of qualified designations associated to each profession.

The Advanced Practice Healthcare Loan Repayment Program (Formerly Health Professions Education Loan Repayment Program) is funded by donations and grants. Some professions may not be eligible for an award based on available funding. We encourage all individuals to apply.

Loan Repayment Employment Verification Form




Advanced Practice Healthcare Loan Repayment Program Map

Enter an address in the map search bar to determine whether a worksite falls in a Medically Underserved Area (MUA), Medically Underserved Population (MUP), Primary Care Shortage Area (PCSA) or Health Professional Shortage Area- Primary Care (HPSA-PC). If the worksite falls in a shaded area, it qualifies for the Advanced Practice Healthcare Loan Repayment Program. Other types of qualifying facilities not shown on this map include: county facilities, veterans facilities, correctional facilities, federally qualified health centers and indian health centers. If your worksite does not fall in a shaded area, but may qualify through another designation, please contact a member of our program staff.

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This page was last updated on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

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The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is a state non-profit established in 1987.

HPEF has awarded more than 12,882 scholarships and loan repayments totaling more than $146.7 million to California health professionals serving in all 58 counties in areas of unmet need.

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