Loan Forgiveness

Loan Forgiveness

Primary Health Care Loan Forgiveness Program

This program was designed to meet workforce needs in rural Oregon for Primary Care Physician, Physician Assistant, Master of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice, General Surgery and Psychiatry, authorized by ORS 442.573-442.574.

Student Eligibility

  • Admitted to an approved Oregon rural training track for MD/DO, NP or PA (Your rural track program director must submit proof of your enrollment)
  • Second or third year students
  • Enrolled full-time

Service Obligation

  • One year of clinical service in an approved rural Oregon practice site in exchange for each year of loans granted through this program.
  • Service shall begin no later than 90 days following completion of a primary care residency, physician assistant or nurse practitioner training program.
  • Participant must provide a minimum of 32 hours/week of clinical practice in an approved rural Oregon site.
  • Eligible practice sites will be located in a rural federally designated HPSA, MUA or an Area of Unmet Need as designated by the Oregon Office of Rural Health.
  • If a participant fails to satisfy the terms of the agreement, they must pay back the loan in full plus interest, as defined in the service agreement.

Loan Awards

Students are eligible for loans of up to $35,000 per year in exchange for one year of service. Prior to application, eligible students must be admitted to an approved Oregon rural training track for primary care as a primary care MD/DO, NP or PA. Download the application to review eligible professions and specialties for this program.


2015 Primary Health Care Loan Forgiveness Program applications are now open for Cycle 2, closing March 30, 2015.


For more information, contact Annalee Venneri | | 503-494-4450