California State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)

The California State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) increases the number of primary care physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, pharmacists, and mental/behavioral health providers practicing in federally designated California Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA).

eApp – Online Application

California State Loan Repayment Program Application is currently open until October 1, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Application Cycles#

Congress authorized SLRP in 1987 under the U.S. Public Health Services Act Title III, Section 338 (A)-(I) (42 U.S.C. Section 254q-1(a)-(i)). Learn more…

SLRP assists with the repayment of qualified educational loans for eligible primary health care professionals in exchange for a 2-year full-time or 4-year half-time initial service commitment.  Additional 1-year extensions are available following successful completion of the initial service commitment. 

Providers must work at an approved SLRP practice site (see the SLRP Practice Sites List). To be an approved SLRP practice site, the practice site must:

  • Pay the provider a prevailing wage.
  • Match the award on a dollar-for-dollar basis with non-federal contributions (directly or through donations from public or private entities).
  • Complete a practice site profile.
      • All Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in California (see OSHPD’s FQHC list) are considered eligible for participation in SLRP.  FQHCs must also submit a practice site profile to confirm ability to provide the award match.

SLRP Provider Application#

All applications must be submitted before the application close date. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an award

Application Cycle Dates#

  • Opens: August 1, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. 
  • Closes: October 1, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

SLRP Practice Site Profile#

  • Site Administrators can submit Practice Site Profiles year-round.
  • A Practice Site Profile must be approved by SLRP before a provider can submit an application.
  • Read the Practice Site Profile Instructions.

Eligibility Requirements#

Provider Eligibility#

  • Be a U.S. citizen (U.S born or naturalized)
  • Possess a valid and unrestricted license to practice your profession in California
  • Be free from judgments arising from federal debt
  • Not have any other existing service obligations with other entities
  • Not be in breach of any other health professional service obligation
  • Be current on any child support payments
  • Be employed at or have accepted employment at a SLRP approved Practice Site (See Practice Site Eligibility section for more details)
  • Commit to providing a 2-year full-time (40 hrs./week) or a 4-year half-time (20 hrs./week) service obligation (See service commitment and awards section for more details)

Eligible Disciplines#

SLRP participants must possess an active and valid license (without restrictions or encumbrances) to practice in one of the following eligible disciplines:

  • Medicine (MD/DO)
  • Dentist (DMD/DDS)
  • Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Primary Care Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
  • Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
  • Health Service Psychologist (HSP), formerly Clinical or Counseling Psychologist
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Psychiatric Nurse Specialist (PNS)
  • Pharmacists (PharmD) (Please review Additional Pharmacist Guidelines)

Approved Primary Care Specialties for Physicians#

  • Family Medicine
  • General Internal Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Gerontology
  • General Psychiatry
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology

approved primary care specialties for nurse practitioners and physician assistants#

  • Adult
  • Family
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry/mental health
  • Geriatrics
  • Women’s health

Practice Site Eligibility#

Pursuant to Chapter 454 of 2016 (AB 2048), effective January 1, 2017, the SLRP Practice Sites List includes all Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).  To host SLRP providers, a practice site must:

  • Be located in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)
  • Be a public or private not for-profit out-patient facility
  • Match the SLRP award, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, in addition to the provider’s salary
  • Pay the provider a prevailing wage
  • Provide services on a free or reduced fee schedule basis to individuals at or below 200% of the federal poverty level

Award Amounts#

Service years and award amounts for full-time/half-time initial and extension grants may vary from year to year; the amounts are subject to change based upon federal requirements. 

Full-Time Maximum Award (2-year initial obligation)#

  • Initial Obligation: $50,000.00
  • Extension Year 1: $20,000.00
  • Extension Year 2: $20,000.00
  • Extension Year 3: $10,000.00
  • Extension Year 4: $10,000.00

Half-Time Maximum Award (4-year initial obligation)#

  • Initial Obligation: $50,000.00
  • Extension Year 1: $10,000.00
  • Extension Year 2: $10,000.00
  • Extension Year 3: $5,000.00
  • Extension Year 4: $5,000.00

Each site is required to match the awarded grant, on a dollar for dollar basis, up to $25,000 per provider.  The award amount may vary due to the amount of provider’s debt.  The provider will need to consult with the practice site to determine if the site will provide the matching award.

SLRP Grant Guide#

Contact Us#


Phone: (916) 326-3700