Eligible health professionals can qualify for education loan repayment assistance by practicing in Mississippi areas with provider shortages.
The Mississippi Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (MORHPC) administers the Mississippi State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP), funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The program recruits and retains medical, nursing, dental and mental/behavioral health professionals to serve at eligible practice sites located in health professional shortage areas (HPSAs).
HPSAs can be geographic areas, populations, or facilities. These areas have a shortage of primary, dental, or mental health care providers.
Program participants must practice at least two years at an approved public or private healthcare organization and can receive up to $25,000 towards educational loan repayment.
To apply to the Mississippi State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP), applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be a United States citizen (U.S. born or naturalized) at the time of their application submission.
- Have verifiable student loans, not in default.
- Provide medical care services to Medicare and Medicaid-eligible, indigent, and uninsured patients on a sliding fee scale.
- Have graduated and completed residency training programs for their specialty.
- Possess an active, valid and unrestricted license to practice in their discipline independently and unsupervised.
- Practice full-time or half-time in providing health care services at an eligible site.
- Practice in an HPSA corresponding to their training and discipline.
- Have a qualifying educational loan; and
- Upon application approval, must accept the terms and conditions of the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) agreement and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Practice Site Eligibility
- Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
- FQHC Look-A-Likes
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Certified Rural Health Clinics
- Other Health Facilities
- Indian Health Service Facilities, Tribally Operated 638 Health Program and Urban Indian Health Programs
- Correctional or Detention Facilities
- Private Practices (Solo or Group)
Eligible Disciplines and Specialties
|Physician (MD, DO)||Family Medicine, Osteopathic General Practice, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Geriatrics, and Psychiatry|
|Physician Assistant (PA)||Adult, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry/Mental Health, Geriatrics, Women's Health|
|Nurse Practitioner (NP)||Adult, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry/Mental Health, Geriatrics, Women's Health|
|Registered Nurse (RN)||Adult, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry/Mental Health, Geriatrics, Women's Health|
|Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)||Women's Health|
|Dentist (DDS, DMD)||General Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry|
|Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)||General Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry|
Behavioral and Mental Health
|Physician (MD, DO)||Psychiatry|
|Physician Assistant (PA)||Mental Health, Psychiatry|
|Nurse Practitioner (NP)||Mental Health, Psychiatry|
|Psychiatric Nurse Specialist (PNS||Mental Health, Psychiatry|
|Health Service Psychologist (HSP)||Mental Health, Psychiatry|
|Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW||Mental Health, Psychiatry|
|Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC||Mental Health, Psychiatry|
|Marriage and Family Therapist||Mental Health, Psychiatry|
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
|Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (Master's Level, Licensed and Credentialed)|
|Pharmacist (Rph, PharmD)|
For more information about the State Loan Repayment Program, or questions about eligibility or applications, contact:
Mississippi State Department of Health
Office of Rural Health
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
Telephone: (601) 576-7874
Fax: (601) 576-7873