Health Resources and Services Administration U.S. Department of Health and Human Services www.hrsa.gov *** To increase the diversity of the health professions workforce and the number of providers working in underserved communities, HRSA provides funds to accredited U.S. health professions schools providing scholar- ships and low-interest loans to students with financial need. Many who benefit from these programs are racial and ethnic minorities who are under-represented in the health workforce. These groups comprise 25% of the U.S. population, but less than 10% of many health professions. HRSA health professions loan repayment, scholarship and loan programs help to encourage and enable clinicians to work in underserved areas. If you are a student or health professional looking for scholarships, loans or loan repayment, please visit: www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/ Following is a list of some of the school-based scholarships and loans available: HEALTH PROFESSIONS STUDENT LOAN (HPSL): Need-based competitive program. Must pursue degree in dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, podiatric medicine or veterinary medicine. NURSING STUDENT LOAN (NSL): Need-based competitive program. Must pursue diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing, and apply for aid through participating school. LOANS FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS (LDS): Need-based competitive program. Must be enrolled in and apply for aid to participating school of allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric or veterinary medicine; or in dentistry, optometry or pharmacy. PRIMARY CARE LOAN (PCL): Need-based competitive program which requires loan recipients to serve in primary care. Must pursue degree in allopathic or osteopathic medicine and apply for aid through partici- pating school. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS (SDS): Need-based competitive program. Must be enrolled in and apply for aid to participating health professions program. NURSE CORPS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: This selective program helps to alleviate the critical shortage of nurses currently experienced by certain types of health care facilities located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). The program provides nursing students with financial support in exchange for a commitment to serve at least two years in a qualifying NURSE Corps site. To apply for any of these programs, contact the student financial aid office at the school where you intend to apply for admission or where you are enrolled. YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A LOAN OR SCHOLARSHIP DESCRIBED ABOVE, ONLY IF YOUR SCHOOL PARTICIPATES IN THAT PROGRAM.
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