Vermont Law School will offer limited residential classes during the summer semester and expects to return to normal operations this fall. For information on campus access, health and safety protocols, and testing requirements please visit vermontlaw.edu/covid19.
The Vermont Law School is dedicated to making public interest law an affordable option for students looking to pursue their passion in this rewarding, but often low-paying career path. VLS initiated its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to assist alumni entering low paying, public interest law with educational loan payments; thereby minimizing educational debt as a consideration in career choice. LRAP loans are forgiven contingent upon achievement of employment criterion outlined in the promissory note.
The award amount ranges from $1,000 to $6,000 per year, depending on the availability of funds and each student's financial condition. Qualifying applicants with the highest debt-to-income ratio will be given priority.
All Vermont Law School JD degree recipients are eligible to apply for assistance. The following eligibility standards apply to loans and employment:
TYPES OF LOANS COVERED:
Federal Family Educational Loans (FFEL) (Stafford)
Direct Federal Loans (excluding Parent PLUS)
Federal Perkins Loans
Employed at least 35 hours/week in law-related, public interest work
Public interest work is defined as employment where the primary purpose of the work is the representation of the interests of an individual or group of individuals who, for various economic political or social reasons, are not adequately represented.
Some employment examples might include*:
Legal services offices
If you meet the above criteria and would like to apply for assistance, you must fill out the application form and submit a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be required to provide your W2 and a recent pay stub. Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com or (802) 831-1235.
The deadline to submit an application is February 28.
*Judicial clerkship appointments are not considered eligible employment