Financial Literacy

Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Programs

  • Equal Justice Works’ Student Debt Relief Resources
    • Resources on student debt relief programs and how they work, including the free e-book “Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt.”
  • DoughRoller’s “Ultimate Guide to Eliminating Your Law School Debt”
    • A guide to law school debt written by someone with firsthand experience in accumulating (and eventually paying off) law school student loans. Includes a curated list of loan forgiveness programs, by state.
  • DC Bar Foundation Loan Repayment Program
    • Lawyers providing direct legal services at certain non-profit DC civil legal services providers are eligible for loan repayment assistance.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness
    • The federal College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 established a Direct Loan forgiveness program for employees of certain types of government, non-profit and public service organizations who make 120 qualifying monthly payments.
  • Federal Government Employees
    • The Federal student loan repayment program permits agencies to repay Federally insured student loans as a recruitment or retention incentive for candidates or current employees of the agency.
  • Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program
    • The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) provides a limited number of forgivable loans to attorneys employed full-time by LSC-funded legal services programs (LSC grantees) to help them repay their law school debt.
  • John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program (JRJ)
    • A federal grant program that provides student loan repayment assistance for local, state, and federal public defenders and local and state prosecutors who commit to extended service in those roles. Each state or territory administers its own program so graduates should locate the designated agency and application requirements for their state.

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