Alaska State Loan Repayment Program is also called the SHARP
program. SHARP-I is the traditional option. The program offers loan repayment
for primary care clinicians working in federal Health Professional Shortage
Areas (HPSAs), largely with underserved populations. SHARP is jointly supported
by funds from several sources, including the State of Alaska’s General Fund,
the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and the Health Resources and Services
Administration, as well as by required partial employer match.
may earn up to $35,000 per year, or, for very hard-to-fill areas, $47,000 per
year. Dental hygienists may earn up to $20,000 per year, or, for very
hard-to-fill areas, $27,000. To date, 254 clinicians have received this
support-for-service benefit under 2-year contracts, working in a range of
primary care medical, behavioral health and dental occupations. Settings
include community health centers, tribal health clinics, and critical access
hospitals, among others.
SHARP-II is currently not
taking any new clinician applications.
will not be available until further notice due to statutory and regulatory
expands loan repayment eligibility to include (a) new practice settings (e.g.,
long-term care), (b) new occupations (e.g., specialists, allied health), (c)
new employers (e.g., Banner, Providence), (d) new locations (e.g., beyond
federally specified locations), and (e) new roles (e.g., health care faculty,
health administrators). SHARP-III is to be largely based on the SHARP program’s
traditional contract and operation guidelines. All candidates will (a) be
selected by their employer, (b) apply through the regular SHARP process, (c) be
formally recommended by Council, (d) sign SHARP’s standard service contract,
and (e) fulfill quarterly requirements. Funding for SHARP III will be shared by
an employer, and an associated contributor, such as a community or private
foundation, university, government entity, or other sources. The employer
payment is prohibited from exceeding 80%, and the associated contributor
payment must be at least 20%, unless an exception is granted.
are three types of support-for-service benefit payments available: (1)
education loan repayment (LRP); (2) direct 31 incentive; or (3) both loan
repayment and direct incentive. Dentists may earn up to $35,000 per year, or,
for very hard-to-fill areas, $47,000 per year when working full time. When working
part time, Dentists may earn up to $17,500 or $23,750 for very hard-to-fill
positions. Dental hygienists may earn up to $20,000 per year, or, for very
hard-to-fill areas, $27,000 when working full time. For part time work,
hygienists may earn up to $10,000 or $13,500 for very hard-to-fill positions.
Direct any questions about
all SHARP matters: Robert Sewell, Ph.D., Program Manager SHARP Program, Alaska
DHSS Phone: 907-465-4065 Email: email@example.com