Tennessee Rural Health Loan Forgiveness Program: (Promulgated Rules)


The Tennessee Rural Health Loan Forgiveness Program will no longer offer new awards after the 2012-2013 academic year.

For the purpose of this program, health resource shortage area means an area determined as a health resource shortage area by the Department of Health, Office of Rural Health.

Loan Forgiveness Requirements:

  • Agree to practice medicine or dentistry in a health resource shortage area one (1) year for each year of funding in this program after becoming a TN licensed physician, TN licensed dentist, osteopathic physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner with a TN certification of fitness

  • Not accept other financial aid that carries a service obligation after graduation and receipt of applicable license, except for service obligation to the United States armed forces, reserve, or National Guard

  • Sign a promissory note each year the scholarship is awarded stipulating the repayment obligation if service requirement is not met. All funds obtained from this program shall be repaid with interest at 9% per annum

    • Exception: Documented evidence to support death or permanent disability making it impossible for the student to repay