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SELRP Eligibility​

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States and pass a background investigation.
  • Graduated from a US accredited (LCME or COCA) medical school OR
    • The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • Must be appointed in the occupation for which the recipient was trained (physician).
  • Must be currently enrolled in or matched to a residency receiving training in an eligible specialty (identified on the About SELRP page).
  • Have more than one year remaining in a residency/fellowship (identified on the About SELRP page).
  • Agree to obtain a license to practice medicine, and complete training leading to board eligibility or certification within the specialty trained.
  • Agree to a service obligation of at least 2 years.
  • Must have eligible student debt equal to or more than the amount of the repayment.
  • Preference will be given to veterans, and individuals who are, or will be, participating in residency programs in health facilities –
    • located in rural areas;
    • operated by Indian tribes, tribal organizations, or the Indian Health Service; or
    • affiliated with underserved healthcare facilities of the Department.
Covered Expenses
    • Owes any amount of principle or interest under a loan, the proceeds of which were used by or on behalf of that individual to pay costs relating to a course of education or training which led to a degree that qualified the individual to become a physician.
    • The loans can also include costs relating to a course of education or training that include –
    • Tuition expenses:
      • All other reasonable education expenses, including expenses for fees, books, equipment, and laboratory expenses; and
      • Reasonable living expenses.