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Loan Repayment Assistance Program

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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.

LRAP AWARDS

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.

ELIGIBILITY

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

QUALIFYING EMPLOYMENT

  • 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
      • Prosecutors
      • Government agencies
      • Public defenders
      • Advocacy groups

APPLICATION PROCESS

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 finaid@vermontlaw.edu. You will be required to provide your W2 and a recent pay stub. Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@vermontlaw.edu or (802) 831-1235.

Deadline

The deadline to submit an application is February 28.


*Judicial clerkship appointments are not considered eligible employment

 

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