LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) – On Tuesday, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced that registered nurses are now eligible for student loan relief of up to $100,000 under the state loan repayment program. of Nebraska (SLRP).
To be eligible, nurses must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), be verified to work in an area considered a federally designated “qualified shortage area” for two to four years, and must have a contact who can verify the nurse candidate’s employment on a quarterly basis.
Those who qualify must also work at least 80 hours per month to receive a partial reward and 160 hours for the full reward amount at a nonprofit or National Health Service Corps site. Applicants must be active or will soon be actively working for the organization they are listing and cannot be an employee of the State of Nebraska.
The Nebraska DHHS website provides a map with federally designated shortage areas by county. The RN page only includes federal designations, but other healthcare professionals, including dentists, doctors, mental health providers and pharmacists — who are also eligible to apply for loan repayment — have different categories of consideration. The closest shortage area to Douglas County is Cass County, but nine other counties are listed in Nebraska.
“I strongly believe that the Rural Loan Repayment Program is a vital asset for small communities in recruiting and retaining current and future health care providers,” said Darian Nordhues, APRN-NP with Valley County. Health System in Ord, in a press “It has given my family and I an abundance of student loan relief, which we are as grateful as we are to live and give back to small town rural Nebraska.”
For those worried that loan relief will affect their income, worry no more: the funds are not taxable as income. And, according to the Nebraska DHHS website“The loan repayment is intended to be an added incentive for health professionals who practice in a rural or underserved area. Their salary should not be reduced as a result of loan repayment.”
Applicants must also provide Documentation from lenders regarding their loan status and other financial information, including a W9 and ACH enrollment form.
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