Loans Qualifying for Repayment
The Extramural Loan Repayment Programs will repay lenders for the extant principal and
capitalized interest, and related expenses(such as the required insurance premiums on the unpaid balances of some loans) of loans
obtained from qualifying U.S. Government (Federal, State, local) or chartered U.S. academic
institutions, and commercial educational lenders that are subject to examination and supervision
in their capacity as lending institutions by an agency of the United States or of
the State in which the lender has its principal place of business obtained by participants for the following:
- Undergraduate, graduate, and health professional school tuition expenses;
- Other reasonable educational expenses required by the school(s) attended, including fees,
books, supplies, educational equipment and materials, and laboratory expenses; and
- Reasonable living expenses, including the cost of room and board, transportation and commuting
costs, and other living expenses as determined by the Secretary.
Promissory Notes, Disclosure Statements, and Account Statements
Promissory notes and current
must be submitted for all loans submitted for repayment consideration.
- Account statements
must be less than 30 days old when submitted, and must include the current balance and payoff amount for the loan.
- A disclosure statement can be submitted in lieu of a
These documents are available from the lending institution or loan servicing agent.
- A consolidated promissory note or
is acceptable for consolidated loans,
however, the underlying promissory notes may be required to determine eligibility.
- If you are submitting a Master Promissory Note,
please note that if the Master Promissory Note does not indicate the loan amount, you must submit a
to augment the Master Promissory Note.
- Educational loan consolidations
that include the underlying loans of spouses or other individuals are ineligible for repayment
consideration. Personal loans that are used to consolidate educational debt, but are not educational
consolidation loans, are ineligible.
Payments to Multiple Lenders
Payment of qualifying educational loans will be made directly to a participant's lender(s). Loans will be repaid in the following order:
Loans Not Qualifying for Repayment
The following loans are not eligible for repayment through the LRPs:
- Loans not obtained from a U.S. government (federal, state, or local) entity, U.S. academic institution, or commercial or other chartered U.S. lending institution, including loans from friends, relatives, or other individuals, and non-educational loans such as home equity loans.
- Loans that have been consolidated with loans of other individuals, such as a spouse or child. More information is available on the Loan Consolidation page.
- Loans for which contemporaneous documentation (current account statement and promissory note or lender disclosure statement) is not available.
- Loans or portions of loans obtained for educational or living expenses, which exceed a reasonable level, as determined by the standard school budget for the year in which the loan was made, and are not determined by the LRP to be reasonable based on additional contemporaneous documentation provided by the applicant.
- Loans, financial debts, or service obligations incurred under the following programs (or other programs where an incurred service obligation converts to a loan upon failure to satisfy the service obligation):
- Armed Forces (Army, Navy, or Air Force) Health Professions Scholarship Program
- Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship Program
- National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)
- National Research Service Award (NRSA) Program
- Physicians Shortage Area Scholarship Program (federal or state)
- Primary Care Loan (PCL) Program
- Public Health Service (PHS) and National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program
- Loans that are delinquent, in default, or not current in their repayment schedule. Late fees, penalty fees, additional interest charges or collections costs will not be repaid by the LRP.
- PLUS Loans to parents. PLUS Loans disbursed to graduate and professional students on or after July 1, 2006, do qualify for repayment.
- Loans that have been paid in full.
- Loans obtained after the execution of the initial NIH Loan Repayment Program Contract (e.g., promissory note signed after the LRP contract has been awarded).
During lapses in loan repayments, due to Extramural Loan Repayment Program administrative complications,
Loan Repayment Program participants are wholly responsible for making payments or other arrangements to
keep loans in good standing (e.g., not
not in default, or not current in payment schedule). Late fees,
penalty fees, additional interest charges or collection costs will not be repaid by the NIH.
When a loan account is scheduled to be paid-in-full (e.g., final payment), the Loan Repayment
Program will contact the lender to obtain the estimated payoff amount. Because payoff amounts
are only estimates that are valid for certain periods, Loan Repayment Program repayments often
do not completely pay off a loan balance, leaving a small amount in the participant's loan balance.
If the remaining balance is $100 or less, you (the LRP participant) are responsible for making a
payment to the lender to completely pay off the loan. You are also required to provide documentation
to the NIH that shows the loan was granted paid-in-full status.
If the remaining balance is greater than $100, the NIH will repay the amount. To initiate this repayment,
you will be required to provide the NIH with an updated
statement that shows the remaining account balance.
Date Last Updated: Feb 24, 2011