Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

July 14, 2010
Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Repayment Program Applications Due August 16

In the July 7 Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Education provided information about implementing the Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program for borrowers in the Title IV loan programs. Applications for the special repayment plan must be received by the Department of Education no later than August 16, 2010.

The Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program was created by the Higher Education Opportunity Act. The program is for borrowers who agree to serve as legal assistance attorneys for a period of at least three years. Eligible borrowers may receive up to $6,000 in loan repayment per year for an aggregate of no more than $40,000 in loan repayment. The borrower must be employed on a full-time basis as a civil legal assistance attorney with either of the following types of organizations:

  • A nonprofit entity that provides legal assistance, at no cost, to low-income clients.
  • A protection and advocacy system or client assistance program that provides legal assistance on civil matters to clients and that receives funding under specific federal programs.

Repayments are subject to funding, and borrowers will not be reimbursed for payments made on their loans. More information on the program and application procedures can be found online. Questions may also be directed to the Financial Aid Office.