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John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program

The John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment assistance to public defenders and prosecutors.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is not currently accepting applications for funding.

JRJ Student Loan Repayment Program

The Office of Grants and Research (OGR) will administer the John R. Justice (JRJ) Student Loan Repayment Program in accordance with the Congressionally enacted John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act, codified at 42 U.S.C.§3797cc-21 and named for the late John Reid Justice of South Carolina. The purpose of the JRJ program is to encourage qualified individuals to enter into employment and remain employed within their respective fields.

The JRJ student Loan Repayment Program is a federally funded initiative that provides repayment of eligible educational loans on behalf of selected state and federal prosecutors and public defenders. Annual payment amounts are dependent on the availability of federal funds for that year. Using a combination of Federal Funding from Fiscal Years 2019, 2020, and 2021 OGR intends to award a maximum of $100,000, distributed amongst 10 applicants, with a maximum award of $10,000 each. The anticipated repayment benefits for each beneficiary cannot exceed $10,000.00 in a calendar year with a total aggregate not to exceed $60,000.00 or the current total of their eligible student loan debt, whichever is less.

FY22 Funding Period Key Dates

AGF Posted:

November 28, 2022

Deadline for FAQ Submission:

December 5, 2022

Application Due:

December 16, 2022

Award Notification (Tentative):

December 2022


FY22 Funding Period Application Materials

FY22 John R. Justice AGF (Reposted November 28, 2022)
Attachment A - Proof of Loans
Attachment B - First-Time Applicant / New Beneficiary Applicant
Attachment C - Secondary Term of Service
Attachment D - Prior Beneficiary Applicant
Employer Certification Form

John R. Justice FAQ

Contact for John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program

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