Students to Service Program

Are you a medical student in your last year of school? Pay down your student loans during residency, serve a community in need when you finish

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical students (MD and DO) in their last year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years ($60,000 for at least 6 years half time) at an approved NHSC site in a  Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need. 

Awards are subject to the availability of funds.

Sign up to receive e-mail notification when the next S2S LRP application opens in September.

This debt analysis infographic shows you how the S2S LRP program will benefit a 2015 medical student with an average debt of $175,000.

Get Ready to Apply

  • Read the 2014 S2S LRP Application Guidance (PDF - 479 KB). Some requirements may change for the 2015 application, but last year's guidance will give you detailed information about the program. 
  • Visit the NHSC Jobs Center to see the kinds of sites where S2S LRP participants serve after completing their residencies.
  • Gather documentation you will need to submit with your application. You will need loan verification, school transcript, verification of good standing, proof of passing Step/Level 1 of USMLE/COMLEX, as well as letters of recommendation and a CV or resume.
  • Start now. It takes approximately 3 weeks to prepare your S2S LRP application. Applications received after the deadline are not considered for funding.


  1. Eligibility
    You Are Dedicated to Primary Care

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    • In your final year of medical school, you are committed to pursuing a residency and career in family medicine, internal medicine, general pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, and psychiatry
    • Looking for a fulfilling experience providing care in communities with a shortage of health professionals
    • With qualifying educational loans taken to support your undergraduate and medical school education
  2. Service
    You Want to Serve a Community in Need

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    • Apply during your last year of medical school to the NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program
    • Serve the primary care residency of your choice
    • Upon completion of your residency, find a job at an NHSC-approved site, where you will serve at least 3 years full time or 6 years half time to receive $120,000 to repay your student loans (or the outstanding balance if it is less than $120,000)
  3. Support
    You Receive Financial, Professional, and Personal Benefits

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    • Pay off all of your student loans with continued service
    • Access educational, training and networking opportunities
    • Join a community of providers with a shared desire to serve patients with limited access to health care

NHSC-eligible discipline

  • Primary Care Physician (MD or DO)
  • Dentist (DDS or DMD)
  • Primary Care Certified Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
  • Primary Care Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
  • Health Service Psychologist (HSP)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Psychiatric Nurse Specialist (PNS)
  • Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)