Maine Dental Education Loan recipients may be eligible for loan forgiveness.
Who is eligible for forgiveness?
Dentists who practice general dentistry in an eligible dental care facility in an underserved area of Maine (as determined by the Commissioner of The Maine Department of Health & Human Services) may be eligible for loan forgiveness at the rate of 25% of their original outstanding indebtedness on an annual basis.
To be an eligible dental care facility, the facility must:
- Provide primary dental care
- Serve all patients regardless of ability to pay
- Accept payment through MaineCare
- Offer a sliding fee scale
- Not limit service to patients based on payment source
How do I apply for forgiveness?
Contact FAME as soon as you find employment. We will determine loan forgiveness eligibility. To apply for forgiveness, complete and submit an Annual Report each year. FAME mails Annual Reports every year in May or June.
Recipients must provide documentation that they have practiced primary dental care in an eligible dental care facility in an underserved area. Loan recipients may receive partial loan forgiveness on a pro rata basis if they fulfill all the criteria but maintain the appropriate practice for less than a year.
What if I am not eligible for forgiveness and I have to repay my loan?
Repayment must be completed according to the terms specified in your promissory note. Loan repayment will begin six months following the month you complete your professional education or withdraw. Interest is calculated based on the rate disclosed in your promissory note.