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    Maryland Loan Repayment Programs

    Maryland Loan Repayment Programs

    Throughout Maryland, healthcare professionals work diligently every day to meet the varied health care needs of all Marylanders, however, workforce shortages persist and create challenges to supporting health care access across the state.  To address these challenges, the Maryland Loan Repayment Programs (MLRP) aim to improve the recruitment and retention of the health professional workforce, especially in areas of Maryland experiencing health professional shortages.

    The Maryland Loan Repayment Programs (MLRP) offer higher education loan repayment assistance to health professionals including physicians, physician assistants, medical residents, nurses and nursing support staff. These professionals have the opportunity to practice in areas of healthcare professional shortages in exchange for loan repayment assistance.  These programs, including the State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), the Maryland Loan Assistance Repayment Program (MLARP) for Physicians and Physician Assistants and the MLARP for Nurses and Nursing Support Staff, are funded via Federal and state-level resources.  MLRP is given the authority to administer the MLARP Funds via Article - Health - General §§ 24-1701 through 1708 and §§ 24–1901 through 1906, Annotated Code of Maryland.  The programs are administered by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH).

    MLRP also facilitates legislatively established workgroups as assigned: 


    Interested in Becoming a Maryland Loan Repayment Programs Participant?

    MLRP offers participants educational loan repayment assistance in exchange for a service obligation at an eligible practice site.  Find links to details regarding the application, award, and participation processes below. Eligibility criteria and the number of awards possible can change from year-to-year based on authorizing legislation and funding availability.  Check this webpage frequently for updates.  To sign up to receive Workforce Listserv updates, including about the Maryland Loan Repayment Programs, click here.

    To learn more about MLRP eligibility, participation, and the application process, see the links below:

    ** There is new information contained throughout this updated webpage - please read carefully and completely!**

    Highlights include: 

    • Eligibility expansion to nurses and nursing support staff working at non-profit practice sit​es;

    • Eligibility expansion to professionals working 20 to 39 hours per week (“part-time”); and

    • Detailed information about the award and participation requirements and process

    The 2023 application is now available and posted under Application Process: Application Materials. Applications will be accepted March 1 - April 15, 2023 for service obligations to begin July 1, 2023.

    Have you reviewed the MLRP webpages and application documents and still have questions? Join MLRP Office Hours for an open Q&A opportunity: ​
    Thursday, March 9 · 12:00 – 1:00pm  ·  Click here to join OR  (347) 507-7081‬; PIN: ‪901 384 125‬#
    Tuesday, March 14 · 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. · Click here to join OR (385) 352-0861;‬ PIN: ‪669 098 182‬#
    Wednesday, March 15 · 5:00 – 6:00pm ·  Click here to join OR (806) 318-2566;‬ PIN: ‪173 989 089‬#   ​

    To learn more about MLRP eligibility, participation, and the application process, see the links below: 



    Click here for details: Physicians, Medical Residents, and Physician Assistants​


    Click here for details: Nurses and Nursing Support Staff


    Renewing an Award

    An MLRP participant may reapply one additional time for award after completion of the first service obligation.  A participant’s total award amount cannot exceed two service obligations (or their educational loan debt)


    Sadé Diggs​
    Maryland Department of Health
    201 W. Preston Street, 4th Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21201​
    Phone: 410-767-6123​