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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published May 04, 2022

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HRSA Grant Opportunities: Deadlines Fast Approaching

Tomorrow, May 5, is the last day to apply for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) National Health Service Corps scholarship. The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program has extended its deadline to May 19.

  1. National Health Service Corps: This program awards scholarships to health profession students, including nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife students, who commit to working in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for a minimum of two years. For more details and eligibility requirements, click here.
  2. Nurse Corps Scholarship Program: This program offers financial support to enrolled nursing students in exchange for two years of service at a critical shortage facility. To apply, click here, and for eligibility requirements, click here.

White House Releases National Drug Control Strategy

Last month, the White House and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released the 2022 National Drug Control Strategy. This Strategy proposes actions to curb drug overdoses, reduce drug use, and provides actionable steps forward to address the opioid epidemic. This approach comes in response to President Biden’s commitment to address these issues in his State of the Union Address. To learn more, click here.

Department of Education Announces Changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Income-Driven Loan Repayment Programs

On April 19, the Department of Education (DOE) announced steps to “fix failures” in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and Income-Driven Loan Repayment (IDR) Programs. These first steps include ending forbearance steering and tracking progress toward IDR forgiveness. Internal reviews of these programs suggest that loan servicers steered and placed borrowers into forbearance in violation of Department rules, which could lead to increased loan balance and monthly payments and could set borrowers’ forgiveness back years. To mitigate this, Federal Student Aid (FSA), an office within DOE, is increasing oversight of servicers’ forbearance usage. Additionally, IDR plans offer lower monthly payments for most borrowers, but the program contains flaws that suggest borrowers are missing out on progress toward forgiveness. Therefore, FSA will conduct one-time revisions of IDR payments to address past inaccuracies. To learn more about the changes to these federal programs, click here.

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