Graduating from dental school is a big deal – one you should be very proud of. Unfortunately, your obligation to repay your student loans can cut your celebrations short. Happily, there are programs available to help graduates elevate or ease the pain of having to pay back those loans.
In 2014, the Ohio General Assembly passed a law that effectively provides loan repayment for dentists and dental hygienists who practice in underserved areas of Ohio.
Who Qualifies For Relief?
If you meet one of the following criteria, you most likely qualify for the loan repayment program.
- Dental students, and dental hygiene students, who are in their final year of school.
- Dental residents in their first year of residency or are currently enrolled in an advanced education program.
- Practicing general and pediatric dentist or dental hygienist.
Remember: you must be working full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (20-39 hours per week) in underserved areas of the state serving Medicaid-eligible patients and those who are unable to pay.
Want to learn more about the practice sites that qualify for loan repayment program or want to complete the application for the loan repayment program application and other forms. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) can help. You can also check out this loan repayment programs fact sheet for more details.