Applications Accepted for LSC's Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program Beginning February 1

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Legal Services Corporation logoThe Legal Services Corproation has announced that, effective February 01, 2018, it is accepting applications under its Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LSC LRAP).  This program awards forgivable one-year loans of $5,600 to attorneys who have worked at an LSC grantee for less than five years to help them repay law school loans. Attorneys must have at least $75,000 in law school debt in order to apply. The deadline for application submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.  

LSC implemented the Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to help LSC grantees recruit and retain qualified attorney staff. Attorneys who are selected may receive forgivable loans for up to three (3) years depending on their continued eligibility and available funding. For each annual term, the loan payment may be forgiven as long as the participating attorney remains employed for the full annual cycle at the employing LSC grantee and otherwise remains
eligible.

Participating attorneys must use the loan repayment assistance program funds to pay qualifying law school loans and accrued interest, and must meet all terms and conditions of the 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 the LSC grantee throughout the term. Participating attorneys are expected to remain with the LSC grantee for three years. 

Using a lottery system, loans of up to $5,600 are made to approximately 70 eligible attorneys each year, with the actual number of loans made each year depending on funding levels.

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

The Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program, established in 2005, is funded by a Congressional appropriation. The provision of LRAP assistance is contingent upon the continuing availability and terms of funding for the FY 2018 LRAP program. 

Questions about the program should be directed to the LRAP Coordinator at LRAPcoordinator@lsc.gov

More Information on The Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program