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Indian Health Service Educational Loan Repayment

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services

Objectives:

To insure that the Indian Health Service (IHS) has an adequate supply of trained health professionals for Indian health program facilities by providing for the repayment of educational loans for participants who agree (by written contract) to serve an applicable period of time at a facility IHS has designated as a loan repayment priority site or in a designated specialty at a site with an appropriate position.

Funding obligations:

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 09 $23,608,630; FY 10 est $21,714,581; FY 11 est $21,714,581

Uses and Use Restrictions:

This program will provide repayment of loans incurred for health professions educational expenses in exchange for service in a designated loan repayment priority site. Recipients must agree by written contract to serve an applicable period of time in such a site; individuals who have conflicting service obligations may not participate in this program until those obligations are satisfied. The minimum period of participation is 2 years. Maximum payment to a program participant is $20,000 per year and an additional 20 percent of the award amount for tax liability. The minimum period of participation is 2 years. Maximum payment to a program participant is $20,000 per year and an additional 20 percent of the award amount for tax liability.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Not Applicable.

Program Accomplishments:

Not Applicable.

Types of Assistance:

Direct Payments for Specified Use

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

$3,000 to $48,000 for a 2-year obligation; $43,315.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Payments will be made to the individuals of the program on an annual basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments will be made to the individuals of the program on an annual basis.

Applicant Eligibility:

Eligible individuals must be enrolled: (1) In a course of study or program in an accredited institution, as determined by the Secretary, within any State and be scheduled to complete such course of study in the same year such as individual applies to participate in such program; (2) in an approved graduate training program in a health profession; (3) have a degree in health profession and a license to practice a health profession; (4) be eligible for, or hold, an appointment as a commissioned officer in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS); (5) be eligible for selection for civilian service in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the PHS; (6) meet the professional standards for civil service employment in the IHS; (7) be employed with an Indian health program funded under Public Law 93-638, Indian Self-Determination, Title V of Public Law 94-437 and its amendments or the Buy Indian Act (25 U.S.C. 47); (8) submit an application to participate in the IHS Loan Repayment Program; and (9) sign and submit to the Secretary for Health and Human Services at the time of such application, a written contract agreeing to accept loan repayment of health professions educational loans and to serve for an applicable period of service at loan repayment priority site as determined by the Secretary. The term 'State' is defined in Section 331 (i)(4) of the PHS Act.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Health professionals who have Government (Federal, State, local) and commercial unpaid educational loans will benefit from this program.

Award Procedure:

Upon determination of who will receive an award, that individual will be notified in writing by the program. The individual will in turn notify the program in writing of his/her acceptance. Awards will be contingent upon the score that an eligible Loan Repayment Program site receives and score is applied to the individual matched to that site. Upon arriving at his/her duty station, participant must submit proof of employment to the IHS Loan Repayment Program Office. Individuals can be matched to an IHS tribal, urban, or buy Indian site by an IHS area recruiter or the equivalent. Applicants needing to match to an IHS priority site should work with an IHS recruiter in the service area of their choice. When an award occurs, the Secretary will sign the contract and the individual will receive final notification of their award and a copy of their signed contract.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Grants Policy Office, 12300 Twinbrook Parkway, Suite 360, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: grantspolicy@ihs.gov Phone: (301) 443-5204.

Website Address:

http://www.ihs.gov

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