Health Professions Loan Assistance Program Information
Health care professionals (physicians, psychiatrists, dentists, dental hygienists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives) in Wisconsin can receive up to $100,000 in educational loan assistance through the Health Professions Loan Assistance Program (HPLAP).
Since the HPLAP was established in 1990, over 150 primary care professionals practicing in Wisconsin's federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) have received over $5 million in loan repayment awards. Information on a community’s HPSA status can be found on the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s HPSA site. Applicants generally must be working in a HPSA to be eligible for a HPLAP award. The exception is physicians working in rural areas. In 2010 Wisconsin established the Hospital Assessment Supplementary Loan Assistance Program. This awards physicians practicing in a rural HPSA up to $50,000 in additional, supplemental funds. It also awards up to $50,000 to physicians practicing in rural areas that are not in shortage areas.
Selecting the link below will allow you to create a secure application. Once created, you can save your progress on the application, and return to it at any time. There are instructions in the “Help” file of the application. If you have further questions, contact Kevin Jacobson at 608-261-1888 or 800-385-0005 (ext. 21).
If you are interested in applying for this competitive program, complete the online application and submit the following information in hard copy to Kevin Jacobson, Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, 310 N. Midvale Blvd. Suite 301, Madison, WI 53705.
- Copies of the promissory notes on each eligible loan.
- Copies of the current balance of each eligible loan.
- Proof of your education/training (copy of your diploma, letter from the school stating dates of attendance and program completion or transcripts that state dates of attendance and program completion).
- A letter from your employer detailing their commitment to your retention.
- A copy of your employer's policy for accommodating patients unable to pay full price for services, if they have such a policy.
- A supplemental employer’s form (available in the application).
- A signed copy of the online application.
For other loan programs, please see Other Loan Assistance Programs.