Texas Law is committed to supporting its graduates who choose a career in public service to address the financial barriers created by law school debt. Since 2009, Texas Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) has provided assistance in the form of semi-annual forgivable loans to eligible J.D. graduates who enter qualifying public service to help repay back student loans borrowed during law school.
In 2020, the program underwent a significant revision to expand access by increasing the salary cap and to align itself closer to other programs across the country. These updates were the product of extensive collaboration and conversations with many institutional stakeholders including the Dean, the Career Services Office, the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Service Law, and the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid.
The LRAP is available to Texas Law J.D. graduates who earn $80,000 a year or less for full-time, law-related work with qualified public service employers. Participants who have a calculated LRAP Income of $60,000 or less will receive LRAP support that will cover the full monthly payment. For participants who have a calculated LRAP Income of $60,001 to $80,000, LRAP support will be based on a contribution formula. In addition, participants may receive LRAP support for the repayment of bar loans, either $50/month or $75/month depending on the calculated LRAP Income. For more details, please review the LRAP Guidelines below.
In general, graduates must enter the program within two years of graduation (or within three years if working in a judicial clerkship). Applicants are required to enroll in a qualified federal Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plan and are strongly encouraged to participate in the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
The Texas Law LRAP, when coupled with the federal PLSF program, may significantly help graduates employed in public service repay their educational debt.
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On September 1, 2023, the moratorium on federal student loan repayments will end and interest accrual will resume. The Department of Education and your student loan servicer will notify you well before payments start. Please visit the Federal Student Aid for updates and additional information.
Texas Law LRAP will resume accepting new applications for federal loan repayment assistance beginning September 1. Before submitting an application , please review the updated LRAP Guidelines below.
To help you prepare for the resumption of student loan payments, update your contact information with your loan servicer and in your StudentAid.gov profile. Visit Preparing for Repayment to Resume to learn more information and helpful tips. In addition, we encourage you to download the helpful guide How to Prepare for Successful Student Loan Repayment, visit AccessLex’s resource page, and attend AccessLex’s Ramping Up to Repayment as the Federal Student Loan Payment Pause Ends webinar to get started. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators also provides a repayment toolkit with a wealth of information including simple downloadable guides and other resources.
Program Guidelines and Application Process
Applicants may submit an LRAP application at any time during the calendar year. Before submitting an application, please carefully read the LRAP Guidelines, which will include all eligibility requirements. Applicants will need to upload all supporting and required documents including a completed Employer Verification form and documentation.
The University of Texas School of Law
Office of Admissions & Financial Aid – LRAP
727 East Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705