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Wyoming Healthcare Professional Loan Repayment Program


The Program is not funded for applications or awards through June 30, 2018.  Please check back in May 2018 for updates on potential application periods after July 1, 2018.


To be automatically notified of the next application period and receive other Rural Health information, sign-up for the ORH list serve at  

Contact the Office of Rural Health if you have additional questions.


Other Resources:  Click HERE to visit the Workforce Development Page for additional recruitment, loan repayment and scholarship resources.

Past Awards (2006-2012): Please click on a county for more information

Total Awards: 258      Physician: 75      Dentist: 18      Allied (Other): 165


Loan Repayment for licensed healthcare professionals practicing in underserved areas in Wyoming

Program Purpose

The intent of the program is to enhance the ability of medically underserved Wyoming communities to recruit and retain healthcare professionals.

Benefits and Conditions

The program repays qualifying applicants for costs of eligible educational loans in return for a commitment to practice in an underserved area in Wyoming for a minimum of three years.

The current funding formula is:

  • Physicians and Dentists - Up to $30,000 each year for three (3) years for a total up to $90,000. 
  • All other licensed healthcare professionals - Up to $20,000 each year for three (3) years for a total up to $60,000.  

Award amounts can not exceed outstanding student loan debt.

Three Requirements:

Must work full-time in Wyoming; and

Treat Medicare, Medicaid and Kid Care eligible patients; and

Use 100% of the funds to repay student loans.


Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page and Eligibility page for more information.

Program Administration

The program is administered by the Office of Rural Health, Public Health Division, Wyoming Department of Health.  It is authorized and funded by the State of Wyoming.  Program requirements are established by W.S. 9-2-118 and 9-2-119 (See Statutes).  The program Rules are promulgated through the Wyoming Department of Health (See Rules). 


2010 Loan Repayment Program Survey Report  *NEW*

Are you Eligible to Apply?

See Provider Eligibility.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most common questions about the loan repayment program.  


The following was received in ORH on April 1, 2010:


In the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), Section 10908 clears up the question of federal taxability of state loan repayment programs that are not part of the Federal SLRP program.  Pre-reform, the tax laws were nebulous, leaving the decision about federal taxability up to the state program administrator.  This section puts the state loan repayment programs on par with the federal/ state SLRP programs in terms of federal taxability.  The text is as follows:



(a) IN GENERAL.—Paragraph (4) of section 108(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended to read as follows:

‘‘(4) PAYMENTS UNDER NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM AND CERTAIN STATE LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAMS.—In the case of an individual, gross income shall not include any amount received under section 338B(g) of the Public Health Service Act, under a State program described in section 338I of such Act, or under any other State loan repayment or loan forgiveness program that is intended to provide for the increased availability of health care services in underserved or health professional shortage areas (as determined by such State).’’

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendment made by this section shall apply to amounts received by an individual in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008.

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Program Contact Information   

Wyoming Office of Rural Health
Health Readiness and Response Section, Public Health Division

6101 Yellowstone Rd., Ste. 420 Cheyenne, WY  82002
Office:  (307) 777-6512  Fax:      (307) 777-3623 

Program contact:
Keri Wagner
Healthcare Workforce and Primary Care Office Manager

Manager, Office of Rural Health:
Sharla Allen, M.S.H.A.


Past Awards!

Click here for a list of past awards.