The Maine Dental Education Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment assistance to dentists practicing in underserved areas in Maine.

About the Program

Read about dentists who have benefited from the Maine Dental Education Loan Repayment Program in the Maine Dentist Profiles.


Dentists must:

  • Be licensed or eligible for licensure to practice as a dentist in Maine.
  • Have qualifying outstanding education loans.
  • Be able to document employment at a qualifying dental care facility.
    • A qualifying dental care facility is any health care facility that offers primary dental care as either its primary service or as part of a broader medical practice and
      (a) accepts payment through MaineCare or a successor program; and
      (b) at which at least 25% of the patient load has been accepted for treatment regardless of ability to pay through insurance or other payment source.
      A dental care facility must provide patients notice that it accepts payment through MaineCare or a successor program.
  • Not be under an agreement for loan repayment from a program funded by the National Health Service Corps.

Both undergraduate education loans and graduate dental education loans may qualify for repayment.

Loan Amounts

Up to $20,000 annually, $80,000 total for those renewing a contract and who received a first program loan before January 1, 2020.

Up to $25,000 annually, $100,000 total for those entering into a first loan agreement on or after January 1, 2020.

Funds are paid directly to the holder or servicer of your student loans. Recipients must continue to make regular student loan payments.


The initial contract term is for two years, with the ability to renew for an additional two years.

How to Apply

Applications are available online in February of each year. Applications for the 2022 year are no longer being accepted.

How Dentists Are Selected

Applications are reviewed with FAME’s selection committee. If you are selected as a finalist, you may be requested to participate in an interview.

Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact our customer service specialists Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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