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Human Service and Home Health Workers Loan Repayment Program

A student loan repayment program for human service and home health workers who are direct care professionals and supervisors of direct care workers in programs operated by a home-based or community-based human service organization located in Massachusetts. Human service and home health workers must work in organizations that are funded or licensed by one of the below state agencies to provide treatment, support, or services to clients or their families.

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Program Details

Update Effective February 14: On February 5, 2024, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services paused new registrations for the MA Repay Human Service and Home Health Workers (HSHHW) Student Loan Repayment Program to update certain program elements.

The following updates were made:

-Applicants are now eligible to apply regardless of their income. Previously, only applicants who earned less than 50% of their Area Median Income (AMI) were eligible for the HSHHW Student Loan Repayment Program. Now, there is no income requirement to apply. Applicants who earn less than 50% of their Area Median Income will receive a priority point for use during the application review process.  To learn more, reference Question 32 of the Common Questions.

-Applications will close on March 13, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST, or once the award amounts requested by applicants reaches approximately twice the available award funding for this program, whichever occurs first. For more information, reference Question 27 of the Common Questions.

-Applicants who submitted applications prior to February 5th do not need to resubmit or take any action. All applications will be evaluated utilizing updated program guidelines, as described in Question 32 of the Common Questions.

Please reference Question 2 of the Common Questions to view updated information regarding applicant eligibility.

These professionals include (but are not limited to): 

  • Care Coordinators
  • House Managers
  • Recovery Support Navigators
  • Case Management Roles
  • Job Coaches
  • Therapeutic Mentors
  • Residential Counselors
  • Peer Specialists
  • Companions
  • Developmental Specialists
  • Personal Care Homemakers
  • Home Health Aides

Applicant must work for an organization that is funded by or licensed by one of the following state agencies:

  • MassHealth
  • Executive Office of Elder Affairs
  • Department of Public Health 
  • Department of Mental Health 
  • Department of Developmental Services 
  • Department of Youth Services 
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Department of Transitional Assistance
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
  • Executive Office of Veterans' Services
  • Office for Refugee and Immigrants 
  • Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities
  • Department of Early Education and Care

Award Amount and Work Service Commitment by Degree Type

Master’s Degree

  • 3-year commitment
  • Up to $30,000 award

Bachelor’s Degree

  • 2-year commitment
  • Up to $20,000 award 

Associate’s Degree

  • 1-year commitment
  • Up to $6,000 award

Part-time awards are also available, please see Common Questions and Eligibility Fact Sheet for more details.

Questions about the loan repayment program? Contact us at 833-769-7377