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Kaiser Permanente SFAP Medical Assisting Program
Application status: Closed

Kaiser Permanente announces a loan program to assist new and continuing students in the Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences. These guidelines describe loans available for students enrolled in the Medical Assisting Certificate program.

Loans of up to $5,000 for 12 months are available to students in the Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences (KPSAHS) to assist with the cost of tuition. Financial need is not a criterion for loan approval. Within six (6) months following graduation, loans may be forgiven through initial and continued qualifying employment with Kaiser Permanente within Northern California for a maximum of $1,250 forgiven per year of employment. Qualifying employment after graduation will be in a position within Northern California that requires a Medical Assisting Certificate.

CAREFULLY READ the full details on eligibility requirements, loan amounts, eligibility requirements, loan forgiveness, deadline dates and Loan Disclosure Information.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, 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.

All students admitted to the Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Science’s Medical Assisting Certificate program are invited to apply for a tuition assistance loan. Students are eligible for this program if they graduate before November 2025. Recipients must be enrolled full-time at KPSAHS, however, students are not required to obtain a loan in order to attend KPSAHS.

To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must be eligible for employment and provide their Social Security number.

Application Deadline 
Students in the Medical Assisting Certificate program must submit their applications by March 16, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Applicants will be notified of their status approximately 6 weeks after the submission deadline date for their specific program of interest.

Loan Distribution
Each award year, loans will be disbursed In two payments of $2,500 each. Loan checks will be made payable to the recipient and mailed to their home address .

To receive loan checks, recipients must:

  • Complete and submit this application and sign a loan agreement with Kaiser Permanente.
  • Be enrolled in, or have applied to the Medical Assisting Certificate Program at Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences.
  • Plan to enroll in at least six units of program coursework (or the equivalent) during the coming term.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in program coursework (‘C’ average).

Please note:

  • Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences will be contacted to verify your eligibility to apply to this loan program.
  • 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, and Kaiser Permanente will initiate the loan repayment process.


Loan Forgiveness or Repayment
Loans may be forgiven through qualifying employment with Kaiser Permanente within Northern California for up to a maximum amount of $1,250 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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