About the Loan Repayment Assistance Program
LRAP Recipient Profiles
As a child growing up in rural Kansas, Chas Horner '08 saw a lot of need and injustice resulting from poverty. Now a staff attorney for the Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center, Horner works to solve those problems he was surrounded with as a child."Experiences there continue to inspire actions here," Horner says. Read more on Chas and all current LRAP recipients. Watch Chas Horner discuss his work and the benefits of the LRAP.
LRAP at the UO
Public service at the UO School of Law is thriving, with up to 50% of Oregon Law graduates entering public service careers annually. Oregon Law's Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) reflects the school's commitment to public service by increasing graduate access to public service careers. LRAP recipients improve access to justice through their work with legal aid clients, migrant farmworkers, in national and international human rights organizations, as environmental attorneys, tribal attorneys and more. With a combination of low starting public service salaries and unprecedented debt, Oregon Law's LRAP is vital to our public service mission-if graduates cannot alleviate the burdens of debt and low public service salaries, they will not be able to afford public service careers.
Read about Tom Borton '09, Pro Bono Publico, in Oregon Outlook.
Help Oregon Law graduates by donating to LRAP
If you are interested in making a donation to help support the LRAP, please contact Oregon Law's Associate Director for Public Service Initiatives Jane Steckbeck at (541) 346-3987, or via email
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Recent Oregon Law graduates who meet the following criteria may apply for LRAP support:
- Graduated December 2010 or later from Oregon Law; Graduates must apply to the program within 4 years of their graduation date.
- Employment in a qualified public interest law or J.D. advantage position (see Program Policy for more details)
- Have an adjusted gross income of $55,000 or less annually
- Have outstanding law school loan obligations.
Selection Process and Loan Forgiveness
The LRAP Selection Committee will consider the following criteria, with Tier 1 factors weighted more heavily, followed by Tier 2 and 3 respectively:
Tier 1: Commitment to Public Service/Ability to Make an Impact
- The applicant's prior commitment to public service as demonstrated by jobs, internships, public service student group involvement, pro bono work;
- The applicant's stated public service career objectives
- The applicant’s ability to make an impact with his/her target population/cause or organization
Tier 2: Fiscal Management Considerations
- Whether the applicant is eligible for and enrolled in Income Based Repayment (IBR) or Pay as You Earn (PAYE); the Committee will look more favorably upon applicants enrolled in these payment plans, as indicative of a long-term commitment to public service
- Whether the applicant has private loans that are not eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), IBR and PAYE
- Whether the applicant or re-applicant is enrolled in any other LRAP Program; the Committee will not fund a candidate whose loan payments are covered by a different LRAP
Tier 3: Financial situation
- Applicant’s income level
- Law school debt
- Undergraduate and other debt
- Debt/income of partner or spouse
- Any steps the applicant has taken to limit indebtedness/reduce debt; the Committee will favorably consider debt-limiting actions such as part-time work during school, living within a budget, etc.
Under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, graduates in qualifying public service positions are eligible for Pay as You Earn (PAYE) or Income Based Repayment (IBR), which will substantially reduce loan payments for eligible federal loans. Though the LRAP Committee prefers that candidates who are eligible for PAYE or IBR will enroll in one of those payment plans, it will not require applicants to choose PAYE or IBR, but may, in its discretion, limit an LRAP award to the amount a candidate would pay if enrolled in PAYE or IBR. In general, the LRAP Committee will not issue LRAP funds that exceed a candidate’s loan payments under PAYE or IBR, but retains the discretion to award funds in excess of PAYE or IBR payments if the candidate also has private loans not eligible for PSLF, PAYE or IBR. This general rule applies to participation in more than one LRAP programs, in that the Committee will not issue LRAP funds that exceed a candidate’s total loan payments. LRAP recipients are awarded short-term forgivable loans of up to $5,000 per year for up to three years. The LRAP program forgives the loans on an annual basis as long as the LRAP recipient continues working in a public interest position for the year for which the loan was made. See Program Policy for details.
Learn more about LRAP
Please see our Program Policy, or contact Jane Steckbeck at 541-346-3987 or via e-mail.