At VA, we understand that continuous learning is essential to health care professionals’ ability to provide proactive, personalized, patient-driven health care for our Veterans. As such, VA offers one of the most comprehensive education support programs in the nation. From generous loan repayment programs to scholarships, our educational incentive programs afford employees the resources they need to excel in their fields.

Below are some of our many programs designed to support your education:

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP)

Reduce your debt qualifying school loan debt with a VHA loan reimbursement program. To qualify, EDRP must be offered by the recruiting VHA Medical Center for a vacant position that provides direct patient care services or services incident to direct patient care. This offer will be within the official vacancy announcement for the qualifying position.

Employee Incentive Scholarship Program (EISP)

The Employee Incentive Scholarship Program authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to award scholarships to permanent full- and part-time Veterans Health Administration (VHA) employees pursuing degrees or training in health care disciplines for which recruitment and retention of qualified personnel is difficult.

Student Loan Repayment

Under the VA Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), employees in certain occupations may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 per year, with a lifetime maximum of $60,000, to help repay student loans. Please inquire further on the availability of the SLRP when submitting your application for employment.

VA Learning Online (VALO)

VA Learning Online puts a world of educational opportunities at your fingertips! Employees can take their pick of professional development opportunities and work-related courses offered by Government and private organizations. The VALO Web-based catalog offers more than 1,500 e-learning courses in a wide variety of topics. Log on and learn, at work or at home, 24 hours a day.

To learn more about these programs and others, visit today!

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Published on Mar. 20, 2015

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  1. Deborah J Russell March 21, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I am interested in learning about job opportunities in the Knoxville TN area that can provide BSN to MSN FNP or DNP education reimbursement. I currently hold BSN and MBA degrees since 1991 and 2000 respectively. I am willing to commit to employment to fulfill education reimbursement. Please provide any links to this information. Best Regards, (865)805-3730

    • VA Careers March 23, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Deborah — Please visit to explore opportunities that meet your qualifications. Check out the interactive map on the homepage, where you can explore openings by city & state. Good luck!

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