Starting Point Now Offers Eligible Employees Up To $100,000 of Student Loan Forgiveness

Student Loan Forgiveness

This article appeared in the Fernandina Observer on April 6, 2021. See the original article here.

Yulee, FL: Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare is now an approved site through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and able to offer all eligible employees up to $100,000 of student loan forgiveness. The NHSC’s mission is to build healthy communities by supporting qualified health care providers dedicated to working in areas of the United States with limited access to care.

“One of the things I believe we do well as a company is offering a robust benefits package,” says Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point. In order to care for the individuals we serve, it is my personal belief that we must extend a similar level of care to our staff. Providing student loan forgiveness is a strategy to both recruit and retain excellent healthcare professionals. We are thrilled about this opportunity because it enhances the benefits for our amazing employees and elevates the care we are bringing to our Nassau County neighbors.”

Starting Point is an approved site for three different types of NHSC forgiveness: The Loan Repayment Program, the Rural Community Loan Repayment Program, and the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program. Each type of loan forgiveness has distinct award amounts, requires different levels of service commitments, and has specific eligibility criteria. For more information, please visit Starting Point’s careers page or the NHSC Loan Repayment site

About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,000 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 28 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit


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