Maine Dental Education Loan Repayment Program
The Maine Dental Education Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment assistance to dentists practicing in underserved areas in Maine.
Learn more about dentists who have benefited from the Maine Dental Education Loan Repayment Program: Maine Dentist Profiles
How do I apply?
Complete and submit the Maine Dental Education Loan Repayment Application including the employment verification section and a list of outstanding education loans.
If you are selected as a finalist, you may be requested to participate in an interview.
Applications must be postmarked on or before May 30. The 2021-2022 application period has closed. The 2022-2023 application should be available in early February 2022.
Who is eligible?
Be licensed or eligible for licensure to practice as a dentist in Maine
Have qualifying outstanding education loans
Must 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 Maine Care or a successor program.
Not be under an agreement for loan repayment from a program funded by the National Health Service Corp
Which loans qualify for repayment?
Both undergraduate education loans and graduate dental education loans may qualify for repayment.
How are recipients 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.
What are the award amounts?
Up to $20,000 annually, $80,000 total for those renewing a contract and who received a first program loan before 01/01/2020.
Up to $25,000 annually, $100,000 total for those entering into a first loan agreement on or after 01/01/2020.
Is this award renewable?
Yes! The initial contract term is for two years with the ability to renew for an additional two years.
How are funds paid?
Funds are paid directly to the holder or servicer of your student loans. Recipients must continue to make regular student loan payments.
This program is governed by Maine law as set forth in 20-A M.R.S.A. §12301 et seq. and Chapter 612 of the Rules of the Finance Authority of Maine.