Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The 2016 Loan Application Cycle closed on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. All received applications are being reviewed. New applicants who submitted an application for this cycle will be notified shortly as to their selection and renewal applicants will be notified of their continuing eligibility.

Newly selected and renewal participants in the 2016 LRAP cycle are required to return completed forms {Executive Director Certification for spring 2016 (October 01, 2015 through March 31, 2016) and Promissory Note for 2016} for the first check disbursement by the following dates:

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Renewal Participants     May 02, 2016
New Participants           June 06, 2016

The necessary forms and this year's LRAP Program Description are provided for your reference.

Should you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the LRAP Coordinator at LRAPcoordinator@lsc.gov.

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Overview

Attorneys who are selected to participate in our loan repayment assistance program receive loans of up to $5,600 per year for up to three years if they remain eligible and if funding is available.

Participating attorneys must use our loan repayment assistance program to pay qualifying law school loans and accrued interest, and must meet all terms and conditions of our loan repayment assistance program.

The debt to LSC will be forgiven at the end of each loan term so long as the participating attorney remains employed in good standing with our grantee throughout the term. Participating attorneys are expected to remain with our grantee for three years.

The Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program, established in 2005, is funded by a Congressional appropriation.

Eligibility

Attorneys who wish to participate must be employed by one of our grantees and meet certain requirements, such as having a total outstanding debt of at least $75,000.  

Participating attorneys must use our loan repayment assistance program to pay qualifying law school loans and accrued interest and must meet all terms and conditions of our loan repayment assistance program.

Using a lottery system, we make loans of up to $5,600 to approximately 70 eligible attorneys each year. The actual number of loans made each year depends on funding levels.

How to Apply

Attorneys who wish to apply can do so through our online application system, which is available in February each year. Visit  How to Apply for information about creating an online ID and password, and for more program information.

Reporting, Compliance Requirements & Applicable Law

This section does not apply to loan repayment assistance loans to individuals.

Current Grants

In 2015, we awarded 80 legal aid attorneys a total of $1 million to assist them with student loan debt.

Learn more about how loan repayment assistance programs can help your organization retain quality legal talent and encourage public sector work.

Submission Deadlines

  • The deadline for application submissions was Monday, March 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
  • The deadlines for required forms return for the first disbursement period are:

Renewal Participants May 02, 2016
New Participants June 06, 2016