Loan Repayment Assistance Program
The 2020 Open Application period will open on Monday, March 16, 2020. The deadline for application submissions is Monday, April 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Please review the Program Description and Instructions under the downloads tab to the right.
Once you have reviewed the necessary documentation, follow the link below to the online application. Please note that the application process for an LSC LRAP loan is entirely electronic.
2020 LSC LRAP ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM
(The Online Application System will be available beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time.)
ATTENTION RENEWAL APPLICANTS:
If you are a renewal applicant who has received a prior LSC LRAP loan, please use your existing applicant ID and password; DO NOT CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT ID! Contact the LRAP Coordinator as provided below if you have forgotten your applicant ID or password.
Should you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the LRAP Coordinator at LRAPcoordinator@lsc.gov.
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.
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 125 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 March this 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.
In 2019, we awarded 125 legal aid attorneys a total of $1.5 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.
The deadline for application submissions is Monday, April 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.