National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs)

Managing AgencyU.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Program Description

National Institutes of Health (NIH) wants to encourage outstanding health professionals to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research. If you commit at least two years to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit organization or U.S. federal, state, or local government entity, NIH may repay up to $35,000 of your qualified student loan debt per year, including most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary you receive for your research.

General Program Requirements

To participate in the NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program, you must:

  • Meet the general eligibility requirements
  • Meet any additional eligibility requirements for the specific LRP to which you are applying (see About the Programs or the links for each LRP on the left side of this page for more information)
  • Have qualified educational debt
Loan Terms

Not applicable

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process

To prepare for the LRP Application, please visit the Loan Repayment Program Application page.

To apply online, please visit our online application.

Program Contact Information

For general questions about the LRP including eligibility, benefits, and application assistance, please contact the NIH LRP Information Center:

Toll Free: 1-866-849-4047
Fax: 1-866-849-4046
Email :