Texas Primary Care Office (TPCO) Information

Student Loan Repayment Programs

Several programs and services are available to assist health professionals, clinics, hospitals, and health care providers improve access to health care services, by helping the health professional and practice site find a successful match.  This includes, but is not limited to student loan repayment assistance for certain health professionals who agree to work in underserved areas.  You can find additional information on our FAQ page.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC):

NHSC provides financial incentives to students & clinicians in exchange for practicing at pre-approved NHSC sites located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).  The TPCO provides assistance facilities who want to become approved NHSC sites.  Additional information on the programs and resources offered by the NHSC can be found on their website at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov.

Programs administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB):

Additional information, on the programs administered by the THECB including application procedures for each program is available at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/lrp

The PELRP provides loan repayment funds for physicians who agree to practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for at least four years.  Participating physicians must provide health care services to recipients enrolled in Medicaid and the Texas Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Also, up to ten physicians per year may qualify by serving patients in a Texas Juvenile Justice Department or Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility.

The LRPMHP provides loan repayment funds to encourage certain mental health professionals to provide services in designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (MHPSAs) for at least 5 years.

The DELRP provides loan repayment funds on an annual basis to recruit and retain qualified dentists to provide dental services in Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (DHPSAs) of Texas.  Additional information is available at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/lrp. NOTE:  THIS PROGRAM IS NOT CURRENTLY FUNDED.

The purpose of the St. David's Foundation Public Health Corps Loan Repayment Program is to recruit and retain qualified primary care and behavioral health providers at eligible sites located in the five-county area served by the Foundation. 

Programs administered by the State Office of Rural Health (SORH):

RCHIP assists rural communities in recruiting health care providers, other than physicians, to practice in their community by providing partial student loan reimbursements or stipend payments to non-physicians for 1 year of service.

Programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW):

NURSE Corps provide federal loan repayment program for registered nurses and advance nurse practitioners working at Critical Shortage Facilities located in Health Professional Shortage Areas.

FLRP helps eligible health professions faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds to repay their student loans. 

Please note the Children's Medicaid Loan Repayment Program (CMLRP) is no longer funded.

Last updated February 20, 2018