John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program

It may pay to protect people’s rights. If you are a practicing attorney, see if you qualify for this student loan forgiveness program.

Am I eligible?

You must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen and be an attorney continually licensed to practice law. If one of the following institutions employs you full time, you may be eligible:

• A state or unit of local government that prosecutes criminal or juvenile delinquency cases
• A state or unit of local government that provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases
• A nonprofit organization operating under a contract or unit of local government that devotes substantially all of the employee’s full-time employment to providing legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile cases
• A defender organization that provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases

How much is the award?

Awards vary by state, but cannot exceed a lifetime maximum of $60,000.

Which loans qualify?

• Stafford loans
• Grad PLUS loans
• Consolidation loans
• Perkins loans

How do I apply?

To apply for this repayment plan, follow the procedures set forth by your state’s designated agency. View all the designated state agencies here, and click here for more information about the program.


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