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Kaiser Permanente CRNA Student Loan Program
Application status: Closed

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals is the Kaiser Permanente entity that serves as lender for the Kaiser Permanente CRNA Student Loan Program. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals partners with Scholarship America, Saint Peter, MN who serves as a broker to assist with: (1) online loan application process, (2) school attending verification process, (3) distribution of loan checks. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals does not charge broker fees to its borrowers. Loans are made by Kaiser Foundation Hospitals pursuant to California Financing Law license.

Kaiser Permanente announces a loan program to assist new and continuing students in the Samuel Merritt University Program of Nurse Anesthesia. These guidelines describe CRNA loans available for the graduating classes of 2026 and 2027.

Loans of $10,000 per year are available to students in the Samuel Merritt University Program of Nurse Anesthesia to a maximum loan amount of $20,000 over two years. Financial need is not a criterion for loan approval. Loans may be forgiven through qualifying employment with Kaiser Permanente within Northern California for a maximum of $5,000 forgiven per year of employment.

CAREFULLY READ the web site materials for full details on loan amounts, eligibility requirements, applicable deadline dates and Loan Disclosure Information.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Loans are granted to eligible recipients without regard to creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin.

Applicants for the 2024 award cycle must be accepted into or enrolled in the Samuel Merritt University Program of Nurse Anesthesia and expect to graduate by December 31, 2026. For initial and continuing loan program eligibility recipients must

  • be enrolled full-time in the Program of Nurse Anesthesia
  • maintain satisfactory academic and clinical progress according to Samuel Merritt University Program criteria
  • maintain at least a 3.00 GPA for nurse anesthesia program coursework
  • be a U.S. citizen. Student visas or temporary Employment Authorizations are not accepted (applicants must be eligible for employment)

Samuel Merritt University will be contacted to verify each applicant’s eligibility for this loan award disbursement. Samuel Merritt does not guarantee that an applicant will receive a loan. Applicants will be notified in July 2024.

Application Deadline 
Students must submit their applications by June 9, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Loan Distribution
For the 2024-25 award year, loans will be disbursed In two payments of $5,000. Loan checks will be made payable to the recipient and mailed to their home address .

Eligible recipients who successfully complete the 2024-25 academic year will be invited to continue their CRNA Student Loan funding to cover tuition in 2025-26. CRNA Student Loan award continuation information will be emailed directly to eligible recipients.

Please note:

  • There is no guarantee that recipients will receive loan check(s) in time to pay tuition.
  • Recipients who do not maintain the minimum GPA, good standing, and/or full-time enrollment will lose eligibility for any future disbursements.


Loan Forgiveness or Repayment
Loans may be forgiven through qualifying employment with Kaiser Permanente within Northern California for up to a maximum amount of $5,000 per year of employment. Recipients must work in the specialty for which they received their loan in order to earn forgiveness and must obtain employment at Kaiser Permanente within 6 months of their graduation date otherwise loan forgiveness cannot occur.

All loan recipients are encouraged to apply for qualifying positions following graduation, however, Kaiser Permanente does not give preference to loan recipients in the hiring process. All applicants for employment, including current or prior employees of Kaiser Permanente, are subject to normal hiring practices and must meet all eligibility requirements set by Kaiser Permanente, including a physical examination and a criminal background check.

Applicants should not rely on the potential for loan forgiveness in determining whether they will be able to meet loan repayment obligations. Recipients who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress, who do not obtain a qualifying position, or otherwise do not qualify for loan forgiveness must repay the loan under the terms set forth in the loan agreement This includes a six-month interest-free grace period following graduation and a ten percent (10%) rate of interest thereafter. The loan may be prepaid without penalty.

Kaiser Permanente reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this financial aid program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.

Submission of the application does not constitute an entitlement or a legally-enforceable right to a loan. By submitting the application, the applicant agrees to accept the decisions of Scholarship America and Kaiser Permanente as final. Such decisions do not grant a right of appeal. Loan applicants must submit the application by the published deadlines. Scholarship America and Kaiser Permanente take no responsibility and grant no exceptions for errors in delivery or non delivery by the postal service.

Tax Implications
It is recommended loan recipients consult a tax advisor to discuss the tax implications of both loan repayment and forgiveness. For example, the IRS currently considers loan forgiveness to be taxable income for the year in which it is earned. Loan recipients are responsible for the payment of all such income taxes, and Kaiser Permanente may be required to withhold from recipients’ payroll checks an amount sufficient to cover such taxes. In addition, the IRS considers interest paid on student loans to be tax-deductible under certain circumstances.

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