Application process for 2020 loan repayment programs still open

The Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce is still accepting applications for its physician, dentist, physician assistant and advanced practice registered nurse service-cancelable loan repayment programs for 2020. These programs pay debt incurred toward the completion of educational degrees for practitioners who agree to practice or who are already practicing full-time in an underserved, rural county in Georgia with a population of 50,000 or less according to data from the most recent U.S. Census.

Physician and dentist recipients are eligible for $25,000 per year up to four years, while PA and APRN recipients are awarded $10,000 per year up to four years. The recipient must agree to a 12-month commitment for each year of the award with at least 40 hours per week of clinical practice.

The application period will run on the Board’s website until Dec. 1. All applications collected will be reviewed by the Board at its quarterly meeting in January 2020.

In 2019, the Board awarded loan repayments to 40 physicians, 12 dentists, 21 nurse practitioners, and 20 physician assistants. Overall, these programs provided 60 rural Georgia counties with much-needed access to care.

More information, including applications and full program eligibility requirements, can be found on the Board’s website by clicking HERE.