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St. David's Foundation Public Health Corps Loan Repayment Program

The purpose of the St. David's Foundation Public Health Corps Loan Repayment Program is to recruit and retain qualified primary care and behavioral health providers at eligible sites located in the five-county area served by the Foundation.  For providers who are selected for enrollment into the program, loan repayment funds will be reserved for annual disbursement at the end of each of the four years of service, contingent upon continued annual grant funding.  We will mail the appropriate documents to participants toward the end of each year of service, for the employer's verification of service and for the lender's verification of loan information.

We are pleased to announce that the St. David's Foundation has awarded a $2,462,468 grant to the Coordinating Board for continued support of this program during the new grant cycle beginning January 1, 2016. Applications from providers interested in enrolling in the program during the current grant cycle will be accepted through December 31, 2016. To download and print the application, click on SDF Application for Enrollment. We will contact providers as soon as possible regarding the disposition of their applications.

Family Practice/Family Medicine General Dentists
Internal Medicine Pediatric Dentists
Pediatrics Primary Care Physician Assistants
OB/GYN Behavioral Health Physician Assistants
Geriatrics Primary care Nurse Practitioners
Psychiatry Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioners







  • All providers must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (or otherwise authorized to work in the United States), practice an approved practice specialty, and agree to provide four years of service at an approved practice site (outpatient primary care or behavioral health facility).
  • Physicians must have a current unrestricted license from the Texas Medical Board and be board certified or eligible to take the exam from an American Specialty Board that is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists.
  • Dentists must have an unrestricted license from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.
  • Physician Assistants must be certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) or be eligible to take the exam offered by the NCCPA and work under the direction of a physician in the area of primary care and/or behavioral health.
  • Nurse Practitioners must be licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in the area of primary care and/or behavioral health or be eligible to take exam offered by a national certifying body recognized by the Texas Board of Nursing and work under the direction of a physician.


All clinical sites must be either tax-exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (e.g. primary care clinic, FQHC), a local mental health authority, or a governmental/public health facility (e.g. outpatient clinic, state psychiatric hospital).  Sites must be located in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, or Williamson County and have a primary focus on serving the underserved, including Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, and other low-income under-insured or uninsured populations. All sites that are eligible to participate in National Health Service Corps (NHSC) programs must have submitted an NHSC site application and be approved for participation in that program. The following are listed in order of priority:

1)   St. David's Foundation-funded grant partner sites that are not Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

2)   St. David's Foundation-funded grant partner sites that are FQHCs

3)   FQHCs and other nonprofit primary care and/or behavioral health  sites that are not St. David's Foundation grant partners

For a list of employers that are known to have eligible clinics, click on Eligible Clinical Sites



Currently applications are being accepted on a first-come-first served basis. The first year of service begins on the first day of the month during which the application is received. The loan repayment award will be disbursed upon completion of the service period (twelve consecutive months).



If the loan balance is less than the applicable maximum annual award amount (as indicated below) times 4, then the annual amounts will be prorated to retire the balance over a period of four years (contingent upon continued annual grant funding). Awards based on part-time service (for a minimum of 20 hours per week) will be prorated. 

  • Physicians and Dentists: $30,000
  • Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners: $15,000

Note: Based on guidance received from the IRS, loan repayment awards through this program will not be reported to the IRS by the THECB.



If the number of qualified applicants exceeds available funding, priority will be given to physicians and dentists.

Preference will be given for:

  • New hires and/or providers who completed training within the past 2 years
  • Bilingual providers (with preference for languages of the underserved populations, such as Spanish and Vietnamese)


To be eligible for repayment, an education loan must:

  • Be evidenced by a promissory note to pay for the cost of attendance for the provider's undergraduate or graduate education at an accredited institution in the United States. Loans made during residency are not eligible. If the loan has been consolidated with other loans, the applicant must provide documentation of the portion of the consolidated debt that was originated to pay for the cost of attendance for the provider.
  • Not have an existing service obligation and must not be subject to repayment through another student loan repayment or loan forgiveness program.

This project is supported in whole by a grant from the St. David's Foundation. For more information, go to  www.stdavidsfoundation.org.

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For more information, please email us or call THECB at 1-800-242-3062 (outside Austin), or at 512-427-6340 (Austin area).

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