3702.96 Dental hygienist loan repayment program.

There is hereby created the dental hygienist loan repayment program, which shall be administered by the department of health in cooperation with the dentist loan repayment advisory board. The program shall provide loan repayment on behalf of individuals who agree to provide dental hygiene services in areas designated as dental health resource shortage areas by the director of health pursuant to section 3702.87 of the Revised Code.

Under the program, the department, by means of a contract entered into under section 3702.965 of the Revised Code, may agree to repay all or part of the principal and interest of a government or other educational loan taken by an individual for the following expenses incurred while the individual was enrolled in an accredited dental hygiene school that meets the standards described in section 4715.21 of the Revised Code:

(A) Tuition;

(B) Other educational expenses, such as fees, books, and laboratory expenses that are for purposes and in amounts determined reasonable by the director;

(C) Room and board, in an amount determined reasonable by the director.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 463, §1, eff. 3/23/2015.