Repayment Programs
Non-tuition awards 

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Repayment Programs

Repayment programs and scholarships cover the cost of dental school tuition (and often related costs) in exchange for a guarantee of service by the student after graduation. Many programs encourage pursuit of a post-graduate program. Be sure to view the requirements and conditions for each by clicking on the program name.

You can also view a list of loan forgiveness and repayment programs by state.

Health Profession Scholarship Program (HPSP)
Three branches of the U.S. military offer a Health Profession Scholarship, with varying qualifications and requirements. Review the programs on each branch’s site: U.S. Navy, Army or Air Force.
Who: U.S. citizens who are actively enrolled or have a letter of acceptance from an accredited U.S. dental school.
Remuneration: Qualifying students receive full tuition for any accredited dental program, plus a monthly stipend. Recipients must complete an active duty service requirement.
Deadline: Rolling. Verify with each program.

Indian Health Service Health Professions scholarship
Who: Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an eligible health professions degree program; members of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native village
Remuneration: Financial aid covering tuition and required fees (direct payment to school), plus educational and living expenses in exchange for a minimum two-year service commitment to practice at an Indian health facility upon completion of your academic and/or post-graduate training (one year of service per year of support received). Renewable, up to four years.
Deadline: March

Indian Health Service Pre-Graduate scholarship
Who: Undergraduates enrolled in a pre-dental degree program; members of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native village
Remuneration: Financial aid covering tuition and required fees (direct payment to school), plus educational and living expenses. Renewable, up to four years.
Deadline: March

National Health Service Corps scholarship
Who: U.S. citizen currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at a CODA-accredited dental school.
Remuneration: Full coverage of tuition, fees and other educational costs, plus a monthly stipend to assist with living expenses. For each year of financial support (up to four years), the student agrees to serve one year (minimum two years) at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community across the nation.
Deadline: April

Students to Service Loan Repayment Program
Who: U.S. citizens currently enrolled as a full-time student in their final year at a CODA-accredited dental school.
Remuneration: Up to $120,000 in tax-exempt loan repayment funds payable in four annual installments (up to $30,000 per year) subject to meeting program requirements. Recipient is obligated to three (3) years of full-time clinical practice at one or more NHSC-approved service sites determined to be of high need at the time of placement.
Deadline: October

Non-tuition scholarships and awards

The following opportunities provide funding or awards for dental students and may cover the cost of attending a program outside of dental school.

ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship
Who: Full-time predoctoral or advanced dental student, resident or fellow interested in learning about and contributing to the formulation of federal public policy with regard to dental education, dental research, and the oral health of the nation. Student’s institution must be willing to identify an appropriate time, consisting of six weeks during the school year, to pursue the internship.
Remuneration: Six-week, stipend-supported internship in ADEA's Advocacy and Governmental Relations (ADEA AGR) portfolio, in Washington, D.C.
Deadline: open-ended

Dr. David Whiston Leadership Program (ADA Foundation)
Who: Nominee must be either a dental student, graduate student, or resident enrolled in an accredited dental school education program, or an early-career dentist under the age of 40 or in his/her first five years of professional work following residency. Must be nominated by others.
Amount: $5,000. Award funds are designed to cover the costs associated with attending a leadership development program offered by the American Management Association.
Deadline: June

Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award (ADA Foundation)
Who: Dental students at all levels who wish to undertake novel research relevant to contemporary operative dentistry
Amount: $6,000 to support the proposed research and up to $1,000 to defray the cost of the winner's attendance at the Academy of Operative Dentistry's scientific session to present a table clinic based on the proposed research. Award is offered only in odd-numbered years.
Deadline: December

E. "Bud" Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award (ADA Foundation)
Who: Dental student groups enrolled in a predoctoral, CODA-accredited program which are involved in an outreach program to vulnerable communities within the U.S. The ADA Foundation accepts one application from each dental school.
Amount: One award of $5,000 per year will be made to a dental school/college in honor of the outreach program; award funds must expressly be used to enhance student service learning and outreach to underserved populations.
Deadline: November

Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award (ADA Foundation)
Who: Dental student groups enrolled in a predoctoral dental education program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, which are involved in an outreach program to vulnerable communities outside of the U.S. The ADA Foundation accepts one application from each dental school.
Amount: $5,000 to a dental student program or school
Deadline: November

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