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California State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)

Grants to California Individuals Working in
the Healthcare Field for Financial Assistance

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State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)

Deadline Date:

09/15/21 3:00 PM


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Grants to California individuals working in the healthcare field for financial assistance. All new applicants must register on the grant portal prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to increase the availability of primary care health workers, such as physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, pharmacists, and mental/behavioral health providers practicing in federally designated California Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA).

Providers must work at an approved SLRP practice site. To host SLRP providers, a practice site must:

  • Be located in a federally designated HPSA.
  • Match the SLRP award, on a dollar-for-dollar basis with non-federal contributions
  • Pay the provider a prevailing wage.
  • Be a public or private not-for-profit out-patient facility.
  • Provide services on a free or reduced fee schedule basis to individuals at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. 
  • Complete a practice site profile.

Qualifying Educational Loans

  • Qualified Lender: Qualifying commercial lending institutions are those subject to examination and supervision by an agency of the United States, or by the state in which the institutions have their place of business.
  • Loans (government and commercial) obtained from a qualifying lender for undergraduate and graduate health profession degrees. 

Funding Priorities

OSHPD applies the following funding priorities to all eligible and qualified applicants:

  1. Previous SLRP recipients who completed their service obligations and continue to have eligible student loans.
  2. New SLRP applicants.
  3. Distribution of awards across California and disciplines.

For Eligible Disciplines and Specialties, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191383

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Initial Obligation: $50,000 (full-time status) - $50,000 (half-time status)
Extension Year 1: $20,000 (full-time status) - $10,000 (half-time status)
Extension Year 2: $20,000 (full-time status) - $10,000 (half-time status)
Extension Year 3 and beyond: $10,000 (full-time status) - $5,000 (half-time status)

Of the available funds, $1 million is available for mental health provider loan repayment and $1 million is available for geriatric care provider loan repayment.

Term of Contract:

Applicant must commit to providing a 2-year full-time (40 hours per week) or a 4-year half-time (20 hours per week) service obligation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for an SLRP award, each applicant must:
- Be a United States citizen or national (U.S. born or naturalized).
- Possess a valid and unrestricted license to practice your profession in California.
- Be free from judgments arising from federal debt.
- Not have any other existing service obligations with other entities.
- Not be in breach of any other health professional service obligation.
- Be current on any child support payments.
- Be employed at or have accepted employment at SLRP approved Practice Site.

The following types of debt are not eligible for loan repayment under SLRP:
- Interest incurred on educational debt
- Loans in default
- Loans repaid in full
- Credit card debt
- Primary Care Loans
- Personal lines of credit
- Residency loans
- Eligible educational loans consolidated with loans owed by any other person, such as a spouse.

Pre-Application Information:

The SLRP 2021 Application Cycle opened on July 15, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. The Application Cycle closes on September 15, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.

All new site administrators must register in the eApp. To register, email to request an invitation code. OSHPD staff will verify the request and email an invitation code.

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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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tel: 1-916-326-3700

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