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Minnesota State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)

Grants to Minnesota Healthcare Professionals
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Grants to Minnesota licensed healthcare workers to repay educational loans. Funding is intended to improve access to medical care in the most underserved areas of the State. Eligible professions include pharmacists, doctors, mental health professionals, nurses, dentists, and more.

The MN SLRP provides funds for repayment of qualifying educational loans for primary care providers. In return for the loan repayment award, participants must complete a two-year service obligation in nonprofit private or public sites located in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

Qualifying educational loans are government and commercial loans for actual costs paid for tuition, reasonable education expenses, and reasonable living expenses relating to the graduate or undergraduate education of a primary care provider. Awards are paid by the State of Minnesota directly to the participant, who must then apply the award immediately to the eligible outstanding debt. Loan repayment awards under this program have been exempted as taxable income under federal and Minnesota state law.

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GrantWatch ID#: 193166

Number of Grants:

For 2020, approximately five (5) to ten (10) loan repayment awards will be available.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The MN SLRP provides funds for repayment of qualifying educational loans of up to $20,000 annually for full–time primary care providers and up to $10,000 annually for half–time primary care providers.

Term of Contract:

Minimum Service Obligation: 2 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Licensed Health Professionals: Primary Care Physicians (MD or DO), Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Clinical Psychologists, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Psychiatric Nurse Specialists, Marriage and Family Therapists

Additionally, all applicants must:
1. Be a U.S. citizen (either U.S. born or naturalized) or U.S. national;
2. Have a current permanent and unrestricted Minnesota state license to practice independently and unsupervised (if appropriate to scope of practice);
3. Be practicing, or ready to begin practicing, at a program-approved site once the loan repayment contract has been signed;
4. Provide primary care medical, dental or mental health services during the required service obligation hours;
5. Participate or be eligible to participate as a provider in Medicare, Medicaid and MinnesotaCare, as appropriate;
6. Not have any outstanding obligation for health professional service or other service to the Federal government (e.g., an active military obligation, NHSC Loan Repayment Program obligation, NHSC Scholarship Program obligation or Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program obligation) or to a State or other entity (e.g., a recruitment bonus that obligates you to remain employed at a certain site), unless the obligation would be completed prior to receipt of the MN SLRP award;
7. Not be in breach of a health professional service obligation to the Federal, State or local government;
8. Not be in default on any Federal payment obligations (e.g., Health Education Assistance Loans, Nursing Student Loans, Federal income tax liabilities, Federal Housing Authority loans, etc.) even if the creditor now considers the defaulter to be in good standing;
9. Not had any Federal or non-Federal debt written off as uncollectible or received a waiver of any Federal service or payment obligation;
10. Not have any judgment liens arising from Federal debt; and,
11. Not be excluded, debarred, suspended or disqualified by a Federal agency.

Currently practicing clinicians are eligible but no credit will be given for service prior to signing a contract with the state. No credit will be given for any practice while the provider is in a professional school or graduate training program.

Military Reserve Exception: Individuals in a Reserve component of the Armed Forces, including the National Guard, are eligible to participate in the MN SLRP.

Pre-Application Information:

The SLRP cycle is now open and accepting applications through January 15, 2021.

Multiple candidate applications may be submitted from the same site. However, only one award per site per year will be considered.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have any questions, please contact:

Brenda Flattum, Loan Forgiveness Administrator

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