Addressing Healthcare Worker Shortage with Student Loan Help

May 29, 2024

Connecticut is launching a new program that will help expand access to healthcare in underserved communities by forgiving student loan debt for certain healthcare workers.

There is a concerning shortage of healthcare workers and available services in the state, particularly in certain communities. It is critical that this growing problem is addressed, and this new program is designed to specifically target those areas most in need.

The Connecticut Student Loan Repayment Program incentivizes eligible healthcare 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.

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

The following healthcare 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 Behavioral Health Providers such as Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Pharmacists

This new program is designed to help recruit and retain new healthcare workers and reduce healthcare disparities across our state - a major win for all Connecticut residents.

The application deadline for the program is June 30. Click here to learn more and how to apply.

You can read more about this new state program in an article from CT NewsJunkie.