Maryland Dent-Care Loan Assistance Repayment Program (MDC-LARP)

The Maryland Dent-Care Loan Assistance Repayment Program (MDC-LARP) is a student loan assistance repayment program for dentists who treat Maryland’s most vulnerable populations. The purpose of MDC-LARP is to increase access to oral health care services for Maryland Medical Assistance Program (MMAP) recipients by increasing the number of dentists treating this population.

Who May Apply?

An individual must be:

      ·        a practicing dentist in Maryland who has graduated from an accredited US dental school and have a valid unrestricted license to practice dentistry in Maryland;

      ·        employed full-time as a dentist in Maryland providing care to Maryland Medical Assistance Program (MMAP) recipients in Maryland;

      ·        a dentist with at least 30 percent of their patient population as MMAP recipients; and

      ·        currently paying off outstanding student loan debt.

To be eligible for this award, an individual cannot be in default on a loan or have an incomplete service obligation.


How do I Apply?

Complete and file an MDC-LARP application available through the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). Click here to apply online.


Award Selection & Award Amount

Eligible applicants may receive up to $23,740 per year for each year of obligated service, up to a maximum of 3 years of service. 


For additional questions regarding the award selection process, please contact MDH at (410) 767-3081.

Renewal Requirements

You may renew your award for up to two years.


Important Deadlines

     ·        July 31 – Deadline to apply and submit all required documentation


Employment Obligation

Applicants must sign and return a promissory note stating they will remain employed full-time as a dentist. Applicants must agree to maintain at least 30 percent of their patient population as MMAP recipients. If the recipient of this award is also the recipient of any other award requiring a service obligation, the service requirement must be performed in consecutive years.


The MDC-LARP program regulations have been published online under the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). Please click here to access the program regulations.

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