Health Services Scholarship Program HSSP

The Health Services Scholarship Program was created (by 2019 Act 9, § 39.465, Wisconsin State Statutes.) to encourage health services professionals to practice in Health Shortage Areas in the State of Wisconsin.

HEAB will award dentists, primary care physicians, and psychiatrists scholarships equal to $30,000 each for every academic year in which they apply and are eligible. HEAB will award physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners scholarships equal to $25,000 each for every academic year in which they apply and are eligible. Scholarships will be awarded based on the United States postmark date of the application. Scholarships are available for up to four years.

Students are eligible to apply if they are Wisconsin residents and all of the following:

  • are currently in a dental, psychiatry, or medical school to become a dentist, primary care physician, or psychiatrist; or are in a graduate program to become a physician’s assistant or a nurse practitioner.
  • are in their 2nd year of the program or higher.
  • intend to practice in a Health Shortage area in Wisconsin.
  • will graduate in 2021 or later.

The student must enter into an agreement with the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) indicating that, upon graduation, the student intends to practice in an area which qualifies at the start of the employment as a designated Health Shortage Area in Wisconsin for a period equal to 18 months for each annual scholarship accepted by said student. After graduation, the scholarship recipient must then practice in a Health Shortage Area in Wisconsin.

Repayment required for failing to practice in a health shortage area:

If the scholarship recipient withdraws from their stated program or fails to practice in a Health Shortage Area in this state for the required period, she or he must repay to the state an amount equal to the total dollar amount of annual scholarships awarded to the student multiplied by the student’s repayment liability percentage. The scholarship then becomes a loan.

For more information about this scholarship program and how to apply, please see the HSSP Applicant Information Sheet

Financial Aid Directors, for more information on compliance with federal truth in lending requirements, please see the HSSP Financial Aid Directors Information Sheet

HEAB is accepting electronic signature for the Health Services Scholarship Program. If you wish to electronically sign the forms below, please download and open in an external PDF application that has e-signature capabilities, such as Abobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader.


For questions or concerns, please contact:

Joy Dyer
Phone: 608-267-2212