Pecan Valley AHEC is one of nine regional operations within East Texas AHEC and is based at The Victoria College, which serves as the fiscal agent. This publication is funded in part by USDHHS/HRSA/BHP Grant #5U77HPO1066

Loan Repayment and Incentive Programs

The Pecan Valley AHEC can assist healthcare professionals find loan repayment and scholarship opportunities. We have partnered with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to help advertise available programs.

  • Texas Physician Education Loan Repayment Program
    The 81st Texas Legislature passed a bill creating a new physician loan repayment program that will pay up to $160,000 to physicians who agree to practice for four years in primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), the areas of Texas where the doctor-to-patient ratio is less than 1:3,500.

  • Children's Medicaid Loan Repayment Program (CMLRP)
    The Children's Medicaid Loan Repayment Program is available to physicians and dentists who provide services to children enrolled in Medicaid.

  • Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program
    The two year return home rule of the J-1 Visa for Foreign Medical Graduates can be waived if the physician agrees to work in an underserved area for a minimum of three years.
  • NHSC Scholarship Program
    The National Health Service Corps scholarship pays tuition, required fees, and some other education costs, tax free, for as many as four years. Education costs may include books, clinical supplies, laboratory expenses, instruments, two sets of uniforms and travel for one clinical rotation.
  • NHSC Loan Repayment Program
    The National Health Service Corps provides $50,000 (or the outstanding balance of qualifying student loans if it is less than $50,000), tax free, to primary care medical, dental and mental health clinicians in exchange for two years of service at an approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
  • Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
    NELRP is a competitive program that repays 60 percent of the qualifying nursing education loan balance of Registered Nurses (RNs) selected for funding in exchange for 2 years of service at a critical shortage facility.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has created a document for an easy side-by-side comparison of the loan repayment programs listed above.

For more information on Loan Repayment and Incentive Programs, please contact Terry Willemin at

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