Apply for Loan Repayments of Up to $300K
Applications are now open for the state-funded loan repayment program for behavioral health and primary care workers. There are three separate loan repayment initiatives, offering awards that range between $12,500 and $300,000 per individual depending on their occupation, job setting, academic degree level, and whether the individual works part-time or full-time. The application period began on Monday, December 5, 2022, and will close on Monday, January 30, 2023. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is administering the initiative.
The program is open to a wide group of full-time and part-time healthcare workers, from psychiatrists and nurses, to recovery coaches, case managers, and more. Applicants working with or in underserved communities are prioritized for the grants.
While generally the loan forgiveness program is available for already accrued educational debt, MHA has learned from the Mass League that two categories of applicants are eligible for both current and future qualifying debt: those who work in a psychiatric unit in an acute care hospital or an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and is a mental health technician, a mental health worker, a mental health specialist, a mental health counselor, a certified nursing assistant, a family partner, or a certified peer specialist; or those who work in a substance use provider program and is a community health worker, substance use counselor, a case manager, a recovery specialist, a recovery coach/supervisor, or a licensed practical nurse. Please note that on the application, these roles should select “Associate Degree” if their highest level of education completed is high school or a GED.
This FAQ document from the Mass League contains many details; here is the link to the application page.