Financial Support & Incentives

Reimbursement for Rural Residency Rotations
The National Rural Health Association, with funding through the Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Program, offers reimbursement for travel and/or lodging to medical students that complete a rotation at an RTT’s rural site and travel stipends to support spouse or significant other travel for medical students to interview at RTT programs.

Other Opportunities
Loan repayment programs are available for health care providers practicing in rural and underserved areas. Some programs give directly to the student, resident or practitioner. Others give to training programs or health care systems, which then provide funds to students, residents or practitioners as recruitment and retention tools.

There are also grants and scholarships available. To see if you qualify for federal financial aid, submit a free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Here are more resources with financial information:

National Health Service Corps
Scholarships for tuition, fees and some other education costs for up to four years

AAMC State and Federal Repayment, Loan and Scholarship
Information about state and federal programs available to medical students

HRSA financial assistance for Predoctoral Training in Primary Care
Entities receiving grants in order to offer repayment programs

Rural Health Education Financial Aid Information Guide
Additional opportunities, from the Rural Assistance Center

Some communities looking for physicians offer financial assistance while still in training. 3RNet is a website for exploring existing practice opportunities, as well as researching loan guarantees and grants that may be available.

3RNet – Rural Recruitment and Retention
Location Finder
Lists available positions serving rural and underserved areas within each state.

Opportunity Search Database
Helps locate practice sites in rural and underserved areas throughout the country.