The MIDOCs Program also provides loan repayment assistance for participating residents contingent upon a two-year commitment to practice in rural or urban underserved areas in Michigan after residency. The resident must also forego any sub-specialty training for at least two years post-residency.
Residents in the MIDOCs Program will receive up to $75,000 for the repayment of eligible loans in exchange for a commitment of two years of service in an underserved area in Michigan. There are many qualifying practice sites throughout the state of Michigan as about 75 of Michigan’s 83 counties have at least a partial designation as a primary care health professional shortage area.
While a guarantee to practice in a certain location cannot be granted at the beginning of residency, MIDOCs will work with the resident to find a practice location they will enjoy.
A MIDOCs participant will receive loan repayment funding to be applied to the principal, interest, and related expenses of outstanding Government (Federal, State, or local) and commercial (i.e., private) student loans for undergraduate or graduate education obtained by the participant for school tuition, other reasonable educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses. The educational loans must be obtained prior to beginning a MIDOCs residency.
Consolidated or refinanced loans may be considered for repayment, so long as they are from a US Government (Federal, State, or local) or private student loan lender and include only qualifying educational loans of the applicant. If an otherwise eligible educational loan is consolidated or refinanced with ineligible (non-qualifying) debt of the applicant, no portion of the consolidated or refinanced loan will be eligible for loan repayment. For loans to remain eligible, applicants and/or participants must keep their eligible educational loans segregated from all other debts. Eligible educational loans consolidated with loans owed by any other person, such as a spouse or child, are ineligible for repayment.
Loans that do not qualify for loan repayment include, but are not limited to:
Loans for which the applicant incurred a service obligation.
Loans for which the associated documentation cannot identify that the loan was solely applicable to the undergraduate or graduate education of the applicant.
Loans not obtained from a US Government entity or private student loan lending institution. Most loans made by private foundations to individuals are not eligible for repayment.
Loans that have been repaid in full.
Parent PLUS Loans (loans made to parents).
Personal lines of credit.
Loans subject to cancellation.
Credit Card debt.
NOTE: Documentation of loans will be required. Qualifying educational loans must have documentation to establish that they were contemporaneous with the education received. Loan documentation will be verified by contacting lenders/holders and reviewing the applicant’s credit report.