If you are already in or plan to attend school to be a physician, dentist, optometrist, physician assistant or clinical psychologist, the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) will pay your educationally based tuition and fees for up to four years of school and provide a monthly stipend paid directly to you. In addition, all professional school required books and equipment are reimbursed by the Navy. The value of this program could be well over $300,000 during the course of a four year professional school program. After graduation, you’ll join the Navy’s active duty team as a commissioned officer. In return, you agree to serve a minimum of 2 years on active duty or year for year of scholarship, whichever is longer.
I. Scholarship Eligibility:
To be eligible for an HPSP scholarship, you must be:
- Accepted to or enrolled in an AMA or AOA school of medicine in the US or Puerto Rico.
- Accepted to or enrolled in an ADA school of dentistry in the US or Puerto Rico.
- Accepted to or enrolled in an accredited optometry or physician assistant masters’ program in the US or Puerto Rico.
- In your first year of didactic education for a Ph.D. or PsyD degree in clinical psychology from an APA accredited school in the US or Puerto Rico. (Deadline for submitting an application varies but is not earlier than February of the first year of the didactic portion of the Ph.D/PsyD.)
- A U. S. citizen (dual citizenship is not permitted).
- Physically qualified for commission as a Navy officer.
- Must not have reached the age of 42 at the time of entry on to active duty following completion of your education.
- Reimbursement for Required Books, Supplies and Equipment: Click here for information on HPSP Reimbursement
- Annual Training for HPSP (45 days) paid as an O1
- Tuition Paid in full
- A Stipend of $2,466.00/month.
- HPSP Signing Bonus for Medical and Dental Students of $20,000. on Stipend Bonus and Grant
- Medical and Dental Health Insurance
- Graduate Medical and Dental Education
III. Military Obligation:
HPSP: Scholarship recipients incur an Active Duty Obligation (ADO) of one year for each year in the program. For periods less than a year, the ADO is six months for each additional six months of participation in the program. Periods of 15 days or more are counted as a 6-month period. The obligation is served in addition to any existing active duty obligation. Appointees who incur an active duty obligation of less than three years will be required to serve a three-year minimum term of service on active duty.