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South Dakota Recruitment Assistance Program

Who It’s For: Physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives in the state of South Dakota who agree to practice full time in an eligible rural community for at least three consecutive years.

How to Apply: You can use the contact information at the bottom of the program website to find out how to apply.

What Loans Qualify: This program should benefit most loans (including federal, state, and private) that were used to pay for the relevant healthcare degree and were taken out from a qualified lending institution.

How Much?: The award varies depending on your specific area of practice, and adjusts from year to year based on current tuition levels of South Dakota schools. A the time of this writing, physicians and dentists can receive up to $252,902 for completing their service obligation, while other program recipients can earn up to $70,456.40.

Anything Else I Should Know?: You can search for qualifying health professional shortage areas here.