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Ohio Free Clinic Dentist Loan Repayment Program
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Applications for the Ohio Free Clinic Dentist Loan Repayment Program were accepted through July 24, 2020.
Dates for the next application cycle have not yet been set.
Please check back for updates or email Star Sawicki at Star.Sawicki@odh.ohio.gov for more information.


Click the 'Download' button on this page to download the Application Packet.


Overview
The goal of the Ohio Free Clinic Dentist Loan Repayment Program is to increase access to dental care in Ohio’s Free Clinics by providing loan repayment assistance to dentists who volunteer or work part-time in an Ohio Free Clinic. Eligible dentists must volunteer or be employed by an Ohio Free Clinic, as defined in O.R.C. 3701.071. The rate of reimbursement will be calculated based on the dentist’s employment status with the Free Clinic, as volunteer or paid staff; and for volunteers, the amount of time volunteered over a 12-month period.


Eligible volunteer dentists must provide dental services in an Ohio Free Clinic without financial compensation. In order to be eligible for any funding amount under this program, volunteer dentists must provide direct patient care at least 40 hours over a 12-month period. Payment upon completion of service shall vary based on the number of volunteer clinical hours completed. Annual hourly requirements and funding amounts for volunteers are defined in the table below:

Hours Per 12-Month Period

Loan Repayment

40-79

Up to $2,500

80-119

Up to $5,000

120-159

Up to $7,500

160+

Up to $10,000

 

Eligible staff dentists must provide dental services in an Ohio Free Clinic as an employee or contractor (paid financial compensation) on a part-time basis. In order to be eligible for any funding amount under this program, staff dentists must provide direct patient care between 8 and 19 hours per week over a 12-month period.  Payment of up to $5,000 shall be provided upon completion of service. Staff dentists working 20 or more hours per week are not eligible for this program but may be eligible for other loan repayment programs coordinated by the Ohio Department of Health, Primary Care Office.

Funding awards must be applied to unpaid government or commercial loans for dental school tuition, reasonable education expenses and reasonable living expenses, segregated from all other debts. Original loan documents are required if loans were consolidated. 

Click the ‘Download’ button on this page to download the Ohio Free Clinic Dentist Loan Repayment Program Application.

Forms and Resources:
•    Ohio Free Clinic Dentist Loan Repayment Program Fact Sheet