The Education Debt Reduction Program is a reimbursement program offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs to aid healthcare professionals in repaying their student loans. Through EDRP, qualifying individuals receive annual reimbursements for payments made toward education debt, including tuition, fees, books, and other educational expenses.
Through EDRP, qualifying individuals receive annual reimbursements for payments made toward education debt, including tuition, fees, books, and other educational expenses.
The Eligibility Criteria
Who stands to gain from EDRP? Consider the following prerequisites:
A degree from an accredited institution
Employment in a VA position that faces hiring challenges—such as roles in medicine, nursing, or social work
Existing educational debt that needs addressing
If you meet these criteria, EDRP offers:
Reimbursements up to $40,000 annually
A potential sum of $200,000 over a five-year period
And these benefits are tax-free—no strings attached, no small print.
EDRP and Loan Forgiveness: A Contrast
EDRP is not a loan forgiveness program. It reimburses you for educational expenses you’ve already covered. Importantly, EDRP:
Doesn’t bind you to a lengthy service contract at the VA
Can be used alongside the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, amplifying your overall financial relief
The Application Process
To explore EDRP-compatible positions, browse job listings on relevant VA and federal employment sites. Once you’ve secured a role, consult the VA’s specific guidelines to initiate the reimbursement process.
What’s Your Next Move?
For healthcare professionals burdened by educational debt, EDRP offers more than financial relief—it offers a pathway to reclaiming your financial autonomy.