The Professional Organization of Registered Nurses in Iowa

 The Mission of the Iowa Nurses Association is to connect, advocate,

and support for nurses and healthcare in Iowa.

Health Care Loan Forgiveness Programs

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
(Formerly the Federal Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program)

This federally-funded program provides registered nurse loan recipients with loan forgiveness of up to 60% of their qualifying loan balance in exchange for two years of service at a critical shortage facility.

Iowa Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator Loan Forgiveness Program

This loan repayment assistance program serves registered nurses employed in Iowa and nurse educators teaching at eligible Iowa college and universities.

Rural Iowa Advanced RN Practitioner and PA Loan Repayment Program

This program provides a loan repayment incentive to advanced registered nurse and physician assistant students enrolled at eligible Iowa colleges and universities who agree to practice in a rural service commitment area in Iowa for five consecutive years.

Federal Programs
Through the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) [U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services]


Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program  (NELRP)

All NELRP participants must enter into a contract agreeing to provide full-time service at an approved Critical Shortage Facility (CSF) for two years. In return, the NELRP will pay 30 percent of the participant's total qualifying loan balance each year (total of 60 percent). A participant may be eligible to amend his/her two-year NELRP Contract to serve for a third (optional) year at a CSF. If a participant works full-time for a third year in a CSF, the NELRP will pay an additional 25 percent of the participant's original qualifying loan balance.

Nurse Corps Scholarship Program (NCSP)

In exchange for at least two years service at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses, the Nursing Scholarship Program pays for tuition, required fees other reasonable costs, including required books, clinical supplies, laboratory expenses, etc. monthly stipend.
Additional information:
Phone: 1-800-221-9393
Iowa College Aid Commission

The Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator Loan Forgiveness Program is a state-funded program that will provide student loan repayment assistance to Iowa Nurse Educators and Registered Nurses repaying Federal Stafford Loans – Subsidized and Unsubsidized. This program is designed to increase the number of Nurse Educators and Registered Nurses in the state of Iowa.
Eligible Applicants are:
  • Nurse educators who hold master’s, specialists, or doctorate degrees and are employed by eligible Iowa colleges or universities; or registered nurses who are employed as nurses in Iowa.
  • First employed as nurse educators or registered nurses in Iowa no earlier than July 1, 2007.

Additional information:
Phone: 1-877-272-4456