The purpose of Virginia’s Loan Repayment Programs is to recruit primary care practitioners in underserved areas of Virginia and in state and local institutions.
Loan Repayment benefits must only be used to repay qualifying outstanding medical educational loans.
You can apply to all eligible loan repayment programs, but you can only accept one of the programs. Each program requires that you have no other service obligations to any other program.
Online applications are only available and accepted between January 1 and May 1 of the year in which the applicant intends to initiate practice in a medically underserved area.
All applicants to the Virginia Loan Repayment Programs are notified quickly if they are not eligible or have not submitted a complete application.
All applicants are notified electronically that their applications have been received.
Applications are not reviewed until after the application deadline, which is May 1 of every year. Please do not call the office until at least two weeks after this deadline.
If you have applied to the loan repayment program through the National Health Service Corps, you are advised to call Discovery Logic at (800) 638-0824 directly. The Virginia Department of Health does not administer this program.
If you have applied to either of the Virginia loan repayment programs, you should call the office at (804) 864-7435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current recipients of the loan repayment program may be eligible for renewal if they still have qualifying medical education debt.
Renewal amounts are up to $35,000 for a third year commitment and up to $35,000 for a fourth year commitment.
Yes. Selection factors include:
Current loan repayment program recipients may be eligible to renew their contract if they still have outstanding medical educational debt. The Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy will contact the current recipients regarding their interest in renewing their contract. Recipients must submit a newly signed contract and new loan statements showing that payments have been made to their loan.
Priority for awards is given to current recipients. However, recipients are strongly encouraged to adhere to all requirements of the program, namely, the submission of timely Verification of Employment Forms.
If medical educational loans are still owed, current recipients may be eligible for a renewal in the program. An award amount of $35,000 is provided for a third year commitment to work in a medically underserved area. An additional award amount of $35,000 is provided for a fourth year commitment to work in a medically underserved area.
No, there is no prorated amount for part-time work as the program requires all recipients to work full-time (at least 40 hours per week).
Practice sites will be required to submit a completed Practice Site Recruitment Form, which is to accompany the Loan Repayment Application.
2. Will the practice site have any reporting requirements?
No. However, the recipient has a reporting requirement which requires his/her supervisor to provide verification of the recipient's work hours at the approved practice site, by completing the Verification of Employment Form.