Rural Iowa Primary Loan Repayment Program

The Rural Iowa Primary Care Loan Repayment Program was established to address critical doctor shortages in rural Iowa communities. The program provides loan repayment incentives to individuals that practice in specified locations for up to five years. The maximum award for this program is $200,000, which is paid in five increments toward outstanding Federal Subsidized Stafford, Unsubsidized Stafford, Graduate PLUS and Perkins Loan balances at the end of each 12 month employment period. Primary Care Loan Repayment Fact Sheet

Eligibility Criteria

A student is eligible to apply to enter into a program agreement if he or she:

  • Attends the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine or the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
  • Is enrolled full-time in a program leading to a doctor of medicine degree or a doctor of osteopathy degree.
  • Receives a recommendation from his or her college contact.
  • A limited number of applicants will be recommended to complete the agreement.

Program Agreement

A student who meets the above eligibility requirements must sign an agreement in the final year of his or her program of study agreeing to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Matriculate in and graduate from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine or the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine;
  • Complete an Iowa-based residency program (an accredited medical residency located in Iowa, view list below);
  • Become licensed and employed in the practice of medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery, specializing in family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, internal medicine or general surgery within nine months of completing residency.
  • Work for a minimum of 5 consecutive years in an eligible service commitment area following completion of residency.

Service Commitment Area

An eligible service commitment area is:

  • An Iowa city with a population less than 26,000 located more than 20 miles from a city with a population of at least 50,000 (see map below).
  • Service commitment areas must provide a $20,000 matching contribution to a trust fund held by the state of Iowa that will fund future recipient awards

Upon receipt of an Iowa license and secured employment, loan repayment awards will be paid directly to the student loan lender. Up to $40,000 can be paid annually to eligible student loan balances for up to five years. Federal loans eligible for repayment include all Subsidized Stafford, Unsubsidized Stafford, Graduate PLUS and Perkins Loans. Priority will be given to eligible students who are residents of Iowa. If an applicant signs an agreement but fails to meet the program criteria prior to receiving a loan repayment award, the applicant has no further employment requirement under the agreement.

Eligible Residency Locations (as of fall 2013)

Location Sponsor Program Type
Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation Family Medicine Allopathic
Davenport/Bettendorf Genesis Medical Center Family Medicine Allopathic
Davenport/Bettendorf Trinity at Terrace Park Family Medicine Osteopathic
Des Moines Broadlawns Medical Center Family Medicine Allopathic
Des Moines Iowa Lutheran Hospital Family Medicine Allopathic
Des Moines Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines Family Medicine Allopathic
Iowa City University Hospitals and Clinics Family Medicine Allopathic
Mason City Mercy Medical Center Family Medicine Allopathic
Sioux City Siouxland Medical Education Foundation Family Medicine Allopathic
Waterloo Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation Family Medicine Allopathic
Iowa City University Hospitals and Clinics Family Medicine/Psychiatry Allopathic
Des Moines Iowa Methodist Medical Center General Surgery Allopathic
Des Moines Mercy Medical Center General Surgery Osteopathic
Iowa City University Hospitals and Clinics General Surgery Allopathic
Des Moines Iowa Methodist Medical Center Internal Medicine Allopathic
Des Moines Mercy Medical Center Internal Medicine Osteopathic
Iowa City University Hospitals and Clinics Internal Medicine Allopathic
Mason City Mercy Medical Center Internal Medicine Osteopathic
Iowa City University Hospitals and Clinics Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Allopathic
Des Moines Iowa Methodist Medical Center Pediatrics Allopathic
Iowa City University Hospitals and Clinics Pediatrics Allopathic
Iowa City University Hospitals and Clinics Psychiatry Allopathic
Iowa City University Hospitals and Clinics Psychiatry - Child & Adolescent Allopathic

Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on June 26, 2016 at 3:44pm.