Fixed Application Periods:
During ‘Fixed' MSLRP application periods, those with specific ‘begin' and ‘end' dates, participants are selected based on the criteria described below. Fixed application periods are typically the first type of application period offered each program year.
HPSA Eligible Practice Site Requirements:
Providers' practice sites must be located in a Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) or have HPSA facility designations. However, unlike the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program, HPSA scores are not considered in the MSLRP selection process.
Selection Criteria for Fixed Application Periods:
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) reserves the right to modify its MSLRP selection criteria at any time in response to Michigan's changing healthcare provider needs. Reviewing the MSLRP Program Overview & Update is the best way to learn about selection criteria for current and upcoming application periods.
Providers working at the priority practice sites listed below receive preference in the selection process for loan repayment. Please refer to the MSLRP Program Overview & Update for a listing of priority providers and sites for this applicaiton period.
Lottery Number Assignment:
The MSLRP Office randomly assigns lottery numbers to each application it receives. The lottery numbers are used to determine the order of contracting for providers within each priority category. For example, once ‘Top Priority" providers have been awarded loan repayment agreements, the Double Priority applicant with the lowest lottery number will be given the opportunity to begin the contracting process. Then, each Double Priority with the next lowest lottery number will be contacted regarding a loan repayment agreement. Once all Double Priority applicants have been contacted, the process will continue with Single Priority and then Non-Priority applicants until all program funds are awarded.
Contracting Process with Providers also Applying to the National Health Services Corps:
To meet federal funding requirements, MSLRP program funds must be obligated shortly after the end of each fixed application period. This means that providers and employers must be ready to either accept or decline an MSLRP contract when first contacted by the program. This includes applicants waiting for notification from the NHSC as to whether or not they will be awarded a loan repayment contract. Employers and providers with NHSC applications pending must discuss whether they will accept an MSLRP contract before they receive their first call from MSLRP to initiate the contracting process. Once the contracting process begins, applications of those not ready to contract will be withdrawn, and they will be invited to reapply during the following program year.