Loan Repayment Assistance Program

To encourage and enable Penn State Dickinson Law graduates to pursue careers in public interest law, the Law School has established a Loan Repayment and Assistance Program (LRAP) that can assist qualified graduates working in public interest law with their loan repayment obligations.

Dickinson Law implemented its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) in the spring of 2003, with the goal of encouraging careers in public interest law by assisting law graduates with their educational loan repayment obligations. “Public interest” employment is defined as: work for a not-for-profit organization that qualifies for tax exemption under IRS Code §§ 501(c)(3); and is work that provides legal assistance to under-served people or interests.

Who May Apply?

Dickinson Law graduates of the classes of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 who work for a qualifying employer and whose income approximates the LRAP Committee’s suggested guideline of $55,000 per year are welcome to apply for the 2019 selection cycle.

Graduates of the classes of 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 may apply for either the 2019 or 2020 selection cycle. Graduates of the class of 2018 may apply through the 2021 selection cycle.

2019 Selection Cycle

  • Interested applicants must read the LRAP Guidelines in full to understand the program’s eligibility requirements and responsibilities of participants.
  • Applications should be postmarked and mailed by May 1, 2019. We can no longer accept applications by fax due to data privacy concerns.
  • Committee decisions will be released to individual applicants by June 30, 2019.

Resources for New Applicants

Notes for Selected Participants

  • Annual recertification is required and will be due by June 1 each year.
  • Participants must remain in qualifying Public Interest employment for five (5) years. Otherwise, the funds they have received from LRAP must be repaid according to the program’s repayment schedule.

Interested individuals may contact program administrator Rebecca Schreiber-Reis with questions.