Pennsylvania has various state-specific student loan forgiveness programs designed to help nurses manage their student loan debt. These programs aim to attract and retain healthcare professionals in the state by providing financial assistance.
But some of these programs are currently inactive or closed. In this section, we will provide details about each program and its current status, whether open, inactive, or closed. Let’s dive into the details of these Pennsylvania-specific opportunities.
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UPMC Tuition Loan Forgiveness Program for Nursing Students
UPMC has launched a new program to make it more affordable for student nurses to complete their education and join the workforce. The UPMC Schools of Nursing Tuition Loan Forgiveness program helps alleviate financial obstacles for nursing students.
Starting January 2023, students who enroll and complete their first semester at a UPMC School of Nursing location and meet academic requirements are eligible to receive up to $7,000 per semester in tuition loan forgiveness for all remaining semesters, with a commitment to work three years at a UPMC facility following graduation.
UPMC has six hospital-based nursing schools with campuses at UPMC Hamot, UPMC Harrisburg, UPMC Jameson, UPMC Mercy, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Shadyside. Students interested in enrolling for the upcoming academic year should apply by the specified deadlines for each campus. Learn more and submit your interest at UPMC.com/nursingschool.
Other UPMC initiatives to increase pathways for opportunities and growth include:
$10,000 graduate nurse sign-on bonus, with a two-year employment commitment
Monthly loan repayment program for inpatient/procedural, surgical services, and ED RNs graduating through 2023
Creation of UPMC Travel Staffing, an internal travel staffing agency to provide support for frontline caregivers in nursing, surgical technologists, and echocardiography sonographers
PA Student Loan Relief for Nurses Program (Closed)
The SLRN Program benefits nurses, nurse specialists, LPNS, and others who have worked and continue to work tirelessly to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in a qualifying nursing facility.
All eligible applicants were sent a letter on August 26, 2022, advising if they had been selected to receive loan forgiveness through the program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).
The 6,936 Pennsylvania nurses selected were also provided instructions to complete the required final verification steps to ensure they would receive their loan forgiveness. Payments are set to be made to the loan servicers of eligible borrowers in the coming weeks.
To learn more about the SLRN Program, visit the PHEAA website.
Related: Pennsylvania Student Loan Forgiveness Programs
Pennsylvania Primary Care Loan Repayment Program (Inactive)
This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.
The Department of Health provides loan repayment opportunities through the LRP as an incentive to recruit and retain primary care practitioners willing to serve underserved Pennsylvania residents and commit to practicing in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Email email@example.com or visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health LRP website for more information.
Related: Student Loan Forgiveness for Health Care Workers