Incentivizing Health Care College Students To Practice In Distressed Communities

May 21, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,

We have a shortage of health care workers in Connecticut, especially those serving low income communities.


Connecticut Student Loan Repayment Program incentivizes eligible health care providers to practice full-time in underserved Connecticut communities for at least two years by offering up to $50,000 in student loan repayments. Part-time options are also available for $12,500 per year over two years, totaling $25,000.

The program offers a unique advantage in that it allows federal and private student loan debt to be repaid, expanding the eligible talent pool that can participate.

The following health care jobs are eligible for this new statewide initiative:
  • MDs and DOs in Family Practice, General Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN
  • APRNs, including Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, and Psychiatric Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Dentists and Dental Hygienists
  • Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Core Behavioral Health Providers, including Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Substance Use Disorder Counselors
  • Pharmacists

The state will begin accepting applications on Wednesday. Click here to learn how to apply

Yesterday, I was a speaker at the CT Captive Insurance Association Boston tour stop with industry professionals. As Chair of the Insurance & Real Estate Committee, we’ve been working alongside industry and regulators to streamline the regulatory process around captives which has helped them grow and expand here in Connecticut. We are tapping this local industry to help us problem-solve across all sectors and I’m excited about future opportunities.

Kerry Wood
State Representative

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