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Dentist Loan Repayment For Service Program

Access to dental care is an issue for many South Dakotans, especially for underserved populations and those in rural communities.

Our dentist loan repayment program works to ensure a robust dental workforce and increase access to care.  Financial assistance to pay dentists' student loans is offered in exchange for serving Medicaid-covered patients in their practice.

Dentists choose from two service options, and can receive up to $80,000 over four years, with an additional $20,000 available in bonuses.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Fully trained dentist and licensed in South Dakota (or in process of becoming licensed in SD);
  • Loan balances must be part of the original student loan (not combined with other personal loans);
  • Agree to be credentialed by Delta Dental of South Dakota and participate in the SD Medicaid program; and
  • Must be U.S. citizen and South Dakota resident.

Application deadlines are generally May 1 and October 1 of each year for consideration by the Delta Dental of South Dakota Foundation Board of Directors.

Complete details and application instructions are included in the Loan Repayment For Service application form.


For more information

Connie Halverson

Application form

Details and application instructions, including: eligibility requirements, service options, and required supporting materials are in the application form [.pdf]

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