Veterinary Loan Repayment Program Accepting Applications

Veterinary Loan Repayment Program Accepting Applications

The federal Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) is now open for candidates to apply. Please note that the deadline for applications is March 16.

The FY 2018 Requests for Applications (RFA) can be found at the link below or through hyperlinks throughout our website.

https://nifa.usda.gov/vmlrp-request-applications-rfa

All forms can be accessed from our Applicants page and the Application Guide is a good resource. Please note all applications must be in our office by March 16, 2018 to be considered. Faxed and Emailed applications are not accepted.

What is the Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP)?

The USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), authorized by the National Veterinary Medical Services Act (NVMSA) helps qualified veterinarians offset a significant portion of the debt incurred in pursuit of their veterinary medicine degrees in return for their service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage situations. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will carry out NVMSA by entering into educational loan repayment agreements with veterinarians who agree to provide veterinary services in veterinarian shortage situations for a determined period of time. If you commit to at least three years to providing veterinary services in a designated veterinary shortage area, NIFA may repay up to $25,000 of your student loan debt per year. Loan repayment benefits are limited to payments of the principal and interest on government and commercial loans you received for the attendance at an accredited college of veterinary medicine resulting in a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or the equivalent.

Any questions regarding shortages or the application process should be sent to vmlrp. applications@nifa.usda.gov



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