Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Programs

Financial Education, Loan Repayment & Resources

We strongly urge you to invest some time becoming familiar with financial literacy tools, especially in the areas of budgeting and repayment of loans. As a first step, make an appointment to see Marilyn Jones, the Student Financial Planning Coordinator at the Law School.  Ms. Jones is located in the Office of Student Affairs, Suite 280, and her e-mail address is mjones@law.umaryland.edu.  She can talk with you about your educational loans, including available repayment programs, and she can assist you in developing a workable budget.  You may also find it helpful to talk with a financial aid counselor in the University’s Student Financial Assistance & Education Office, 601 W. Lombard St., Suite 221, aidtalk@umaryland.edu.

Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Programs

If you plan to pursue a career in public service, you will want to learn more about available Loan Repayment Assistance Programs. Several are described below, but you can obtain more information from Marilyn Jones in the Office of Student Affairs (see above for contact information) or from Teresa Schmiedeler, Director of Public Interest Initiatives & Fellowships in our Career Development Office, 410.706.2080, tschmiedeler@law.umaryland.edu.

Maryland Higher Education Commission, State Scholarship Administration, 16 Francis Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401-1781 Contact: MHEC office at (410) 260-4546 (www.mhec.state.md.us), Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LARP): This program provides educational loan repayment assistance to individuals providing public service in state or local government or the nonprofit sector in Maryland. An application may be obtained from the State Scholarship Administration.

D. C. Bar Foundation, Loan Repayment Assistance Program, if your lawyers do free legal work for low-income DC residents, they may qualify for loan repayment assistance. Your organization first needs to be certified as an LRAP eligible employers. Review the LRAP Employer Information for information. If you are looking for information on loan repayment, review the LRAP info. Questions? Read the LRAP Lawyer FAQs. Remember: you can only qualify for an LRAP if your employer is a LRAP eligible employer. Read the LRAP Employer Information to find out more.

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program accepts applications on an annual basis. The school LRAP program awards funds for the express purpose of repaying educational student loans to qualified applicants working in public service.

For more information, contact:
M. Teresa Schmiedeler,
Director, Public Interest Initiatives & Fellowships, 410-706-2080.

Informational Websites on LRAPs


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