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The California State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) provides loan repayment for qualified, unpaid education loans to health professionals working in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). If you are eligible, you could receive up to $50,000 in loan repayment assistance. All government and private loans are eligible as long as they were taken in pursuing a health profession.

The California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development administers the SLRP Program. The program accepts new application each year; this year’s application will be available here from August 1 – October 1, 2016. Please note that acceptance in the program is not guaranteed.

What are the SLRP requirements?

This is a partial listing of the SLRP requirements. For more detailed information see this complete list of eligibility requirements and this FAQ.

·       You must have a current and unrestricted California license to practice as one of the following:

o   Certified Nurse Midwife
o   Dentist
o   Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (Primary Care/Family Medicine)
o   Health Service Psychologist
o   Licensed Clinical Social Worker
o   Licensed Professional Counselor
o   Marriage and Family Therapist
o   Medical Doctor (Primary Care/Family Medicine)
o   Mental Health Counselor
o   Mental/Behavioral Health Providers
o   Nurse Practitioners (Primary Care)
o   Pharmacists
o   Physician Assistant (Primary Care)
o   Psychiatric Nurse Specialist
o   Registered Dental Hygienist

·       You must commit to an initial two-year full time or four-year half time service obligation
·       Your employer must be located in a shortage area and be accepted as a site
·       Your employer must match the SLRP award dollar-for-dollar in addition to your salary

What is required to be a SLRP Certified Eligible Site?

A SLRP Certified Eligible site must:

·       Be a publicly funded or a private nonprofit organization
·       Be located in a California Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or be an Automatic Facility HPSA
·       Be willing to match the State’s loan repayment award
·       Commit to a two-year employment agreement

Applications to become an eligible site are accepted year round. For more information on how to apply to be a SLRP Certified Eligible Site contact or follow these instructions. Click here to find out if your employer is an eligible site.

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