Health Professions Student Loan


The Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) is a low-interest subsidized loan limited to Optometry graduate students at the UC Berkeley campus. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be considered for the HPSL loan. Eligibility for the HPSL loan is based on your parent’s income and asset information. UC Berkeley will collect parent information from Optometry students who are interested in being evaluated for this loan.

HPSL loans are not renewed every year automatically. If you receive an HPSL loan for one year, you must complete the FAFSA each subsequent year to be considered again for the HPSL loan.

The loan servicer Heartland ECSI manages HPSL loans for UC Berkeley students. Please note annual loan amounts can vary and are determined yearly based on the availability of funds. 

The Health Resources and Services Administration provides funds for the HPSL loan program. The Health Professions Student Loans Program is not a Title IV, though federal direct and HPSL loans may be consolidated by contacting the federal loan servicer listed under Manage Loans | Federal Student Aid.