Applications now LIVE for Pennsylvania’s Student Loan Relief for Nurses Program

Applications for the Commonwealth’s Student Loan Relief for Nurses (Student Loan RN) Program are now available at

The Student Loan RN Program was created at the direction of the Governor’s Office and is
funded with $5 million in COVID – State Fiscal Recovery Funds, which was allocated to the
Commonwealth as part of the federal American Rescue Plan.

Eligible applicants must be licensed through the PA Department of State, including Registered Nurses (RNs) and Practical Nurses (LPNs), have worked in-person at a qualifying nursing facility, and have begun employment prior to December 31, 2021. Applicants must also be certified by their employers. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2022.

Since program demand is expected to exceed available resources, qualified applicants will be randomly selected from the final geographically diversified applicant pool to ensure that loan relief is provided to nurses working in geographically disbursed communities throughout Pennsylvania. Selected nurses will be eligible to receive up to $7,500 in relief to reduce their outstanding student loan debt, with financial relief up to $2,500 for each year of work for a maximum of 3 years.

For more information, including full eligibility requirements, eligible loan types and qualified
nursing facilities, please visit

The Student Loan RN Program is part of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Nursing Workforce
Initiative (NWI), which will be used as a nurse recruitment and retention tool to ensure that
Pennsylvania’s healthcare workforce is properly prepared to address ongoing pandemic
challenges. The NWI also provides apprenticeship and mentoring opportunities, as
administered by the Pennsylvania Departments of Labor and Industry and Human Services.