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Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program

Applicant Update
  • 2008 Applications were due April 30. No new applications will be accepted until the 2009 application is published.
  • Applicants selected to receive a NELRP award were notified between July 1 and September 30, 2008.
  • Applicants not selected will be notified in October 2008, provided they submitted a complete application.

Next Year's Application

About Nursing Education Loan Repayment

NELRP is a competitive program that repays 60 percent of the qualifying loan balance of registered nurses selected for funding in exchange for 2 years of service at a critical shortage facility. Participants may be eligible to work a third year and receive an additional 25 percent of the qualifying loan balance.

Authorized by Section 846 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the purpose of the NELRP is to assist in the recruitment and retention of professional nurses dedicated to providing health care to underserved populations.

If you are selected to participate in the NELRP, you enter into a contract with the U.S. Government. There are serious consequences for breaching this contract. Please read the 2008 application guidance carefully before deciding to apply to the NELRP in 2008.

You may be eligible to apply if you meet all of the following requirements by the next application due date:

  • Have received a baccalaureate or associate degree in nursing (or an equivalent degree), a diploma in nursing or a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing in a State
  • Have outstanding qualifying loans obtained for nursing education leading to a degree or diploma in nursing as specified above
  • Have completed the nursing education program for which the loan balance applies
  • Are a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Are employed full time (32 hours or more per week) at a critical shortage facility
  • Are employed at a non-profit facility (effective October 1, 2007)
  • Have a current permanent unrestricted license as an RN in the State in which you intends to practice or be authorized to practice in that State pursuant to the Nurse Licensure Compact (not a U.S. Government Web site) and
  • Have submitted a complete NELRP Application, a signed NELRP Contract, supplemental forms and all required documentation by the NELRP application deadline

You are not eligible to apply if you:

  • Have a judgment lien against your property for a debt owed to the United States. Such individual is precluded from receiving Federal funds (including NELRP funds), until the judgment lien has been paid in full
  • Have a service obligation (see Application Guidance > Definition of Terms) that will not be satisfied by the NELRP application deadline
  • Have breached an obligation for professional service to a Federal, State, or local government entity
  • Are currently in default of a Federal debt (e.g., student loans, delinquent taxes, etc.)
  • Work for a nurse staffing agency or travel nurse agency
  • Work on an "as needed" basis, this usually includes PRNs, Pool Nurses, or a person who is not scheduled in a full-time capacity by NELRP definition
  • Have a temporary or inactive RN license
  • Are a licensed practical/vocational nurse
  • Are a nursing faculty member employed full-time in an educational institution or
  • Are self-employed

Past Awards
During the past three funding cycles, all funded applicants were employed under First Funding Preference, which is awarded to applicants with greatest financial need who work in:

  • Disproportionate Share Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Federally Designated Health Centers
  • Federally Designated Migrant Health Centers
  • Public Health Departments
  • Rural Health Clinics
  • Indian Health Service Health Centers

In FY 2008, NELRP received 6,078 eligible applications and made 232 initial (2 year) Awards and 203 amendment (3 year) awards. Total obligated funds: $18,898,427.87 this includes $1,342,990.95 Employer Tax paid. FY 2008 Awards by State

In FY 2007, NELRP received 4,711 eligible applications and made 315 initial (2-year) awards and 271 amendment (3-year) awards. Total obligated funds: $18,373,815.48 this includes $1,300,734.43 Employer Tax paid. FY 2007 Awards by State

In FY 2006, NELRP received 4,222 eligible applications and made 373 initial (2-year) awards and 242 amendment (3-year) awards. Total obligated funds: $18,134,846.19 this includes $1,109,807.27 Employer Tax paid. FY 2006 Awards by State

In FY 2005, NELRP received 4,465 eligible applications and made 599 initial (2-year) awards and 204 amendment (3-year) awards. Total obligated funds: $19,033,673. FY 2005 Awards by State

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