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Loan Forgiveness for Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

The Saskatchewan Student Loan Forgiveness for Nurses and Nurse Practitioners program encourages nurses and nurse practitioners to work in smaller communities.

1. Benefits

Loan Forgiveness for Nurses and Nurse Practitioners is intended to encourage nurses and nurse practitioners to practice in under-served rural or remote communities by forgiving a portion of Saskatchewan Student Loans. 

The amount of eligible forgiveness you could receive is calculated annually and is paid as a reduction to your provincial student loan. Nurses and nurse practitioners will receive forgiveness of one-fifth (20%) of their outstanding Saskatchewan Student Loan debt, up to $4,000 annually, for up to five years, to a maximum of $20,000.


2. Eligibility

To be eligible for Saskatchewan Student Loan Forgiveness, you need to have:
  • Started your current employment (full-time, part-time, or casual) as an eligible nurse or nurse practitioner in a designated rural or remote community on or after April 1, 2012;
  • Been employed for a full year (12 consecutive months) in a designated community. You also must be new to the profession or new to the community;
  • Provided in-person services for a minimum of 400 hours in that community;
  • A valid licence to practice in Saskatchewan as a:
    • Registered Nurse (RN)
    • Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN)
    • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
    • Nurse Practitioner (NP);
  • A Saskatchewan Student Loan in repayment (or in your grace period) and in good standing; and
  • Submitted an application form within 90 days of completing your year of service.

You must be working in a designated rural or remote community with a population of less than 10,000. The exceptions are Estevan, Weyburn, and Lloydminster (Saskatchewan) which are also designated communities for this program.

It is acceptable to work in multiple designated communities during the year as long as you complete a minimum of 400 hours of in-person service over 12 consecutive months.

Saskatchewan Loan Forgiveness is not restricted to newly graduated nurses and nurse practitioners. However, in order to qualify you must have begun work in a designated rural or remote community on or after April 1, 2012. Your employer must also attest to this on your application.


3. How to Apply

After you have completed 12 consecutive months, as outlined above, you have 90 days to apply for loan forgiveness. If the National Student Loan Service Centre does not receive your application within the 90 days, it will be denied. 

After each year of service, you must re-apply for the benefit. A reminder letter will be sent to you each year, as long as records indicate you would be eligible. You must complete each year of loan forgiveness before you can re-apply for a subsequent year.

Application Deadline

Once you have completed a year of service in a designated community, you have 90 days to apply for loan forgiveness. For example, for an employment period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, you would have until June 30, 2018 to submit an application for that period.


4. Apply

Download Application

To apply, forward the completed Saskatchewan Student Loan Forgiveness for Nurses and Nurse Practitioners Application by mail or fax to:

National Student Loans Service Centre
P.O. Box 4030
Mississauga, ON  L5A 4M4 

Fax: 1-888-815-4657
Toll Free: 1-888-815-4514


5. Further Information

Your Responsibilities

During your year of service before you can apply, you must make regular monthly payments on your Saskatchewan Student Loan. Once your application for loan forgiveness has been approved, your Saskatchewan Student Loan balance will be reduced. Your monthly payments will also be reduced. You can opt out of this reduction when you apply. Applicants on the Repayment Assistance Plan may also be eligible for loan forgiveness.

Break in Service 

You are not eligible for loan forgiveness if you leave a designated community before the year of service is complete. However, you may change a designated community provided you re-establish employment in another designated community. A break in service is permitted up to 31 days for relocation.

Sick, Compassionate, or Parental Leave

You remain eligible for loan forgiveness if your leave is less than one month and you are able to complete a minimum of 400 hours of in-person service over 12 consecutive months. 

If your leave is longer than one month and/or prevented you from completing the 400 hour of in-person service, you may still be eligible if the leave was because of an illness, childbirth, or to care for a family member. You must have received at least one of the following Employment Insurance (EI) benefits: 

  • Maternity benefits
  • Parental benefits
  • Sickness benefits
  • Compassionate care benefits
  • Benefit for parents of critically ill children
If you had a break in service and received Employment Insurance benefits, you will need to complete the Break in Service, EI consent section in the application. This consent allows the program administrator to contact the EI office to verify your EI benefits.

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