The Army, Navy, and Air Force offer scholarship programs. The scholarship includes the payment of tuition, authorized fees and reimbursement for required books and equipment. In addition, students receive a monthly stipend while in school and active duty pay during the summers. In return, recipients agree to practice optometry in a specific branch of the military. Further information about the programs can be obtained by contacting regional health professions recruiters for each of the branches.
Arkansas offers a $5,000 forgivable loan to students who agree to return to the state to practice optometry one year for each year that they receive the loan. You must be a recipient of the ARHEG. Click here for more information or email Jonathan Coleman as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 501-371-2058 or toll-free at 1-800-547-8839. Deadline is Oct 1.
North Carolina offers the Forgivable Education Loan for Service(FELS). It was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011 and the first loans available for the 2012-13 academic year. The loan provides financial assistance to qualified students who are committed to working in North Carolina in fields designated as critical employment shortage areas. Doctoral degree seeking students are eligible for$14,000 per year. Required GPA of 3.20 and must be a NC resident. For further information regarding the application process or this forgivable loan, please call CFNC at 866-866-2362.