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The John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program provides for the payment of eligible educational loans (both Federal Family Education Loan Program [FFELP] and Federal Direct Loans) for state and federal public defenders and state prosecutors who agree to remain employed as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years. The annual awards to qualified defenders and prosecutors may be up to $4,000, up to an aggregate total of $60,000, to repay their student loan debt. (Although the program's allowed annual maximum is $10,000, on the advice of the program implementation Advisory Committee ISAC is limiting the award to $4,000 for Illinois recipients for FY2010, so that the appropriation of $365,309 can serve as many recipients as possible.) If the employment commitment is not fulfilled, any amount received must be repaid.
To be eligible, you must:
To apply for this program, you must submit a complete John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program Application and a John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program Service Agreement to ISAC as soon as possible after it becomes available. For each subsequent year you wish to apply, a separate application must be completed; service agreements remain in effect for three years and need not be signed again until expired. You may download and print both the application and service agreement here at collegezone.com. You must submit your application and service agreement to ISAC's Deerfield office as indicated on the application.
If your application and/or service agreement are incomplete, ISAC will notify you and you will have the opportunity to furnish missing information. Your application will be considered for processing as of the date it is complete and all required information has been received at ISAC's Deerfield office.
Recipients are selected from among qualified new applicants, as well as those who file timely renewal applications by the September 30th due date. The total amount of awards each year is contingent upon available funding. Applications received after the September 30th due date will only be considered if funding remains. Preference will be given to renewal applicants provided that the recipient continues to meet the eligibility requirements. Additionally, applicants not receiving benefits under another program that provides loan repayment assistance for the eligible loans covered by the Justice Program will receive priority consideration.
Allocation of program funds is equally distributed between prosecutors and public defenders. A formula that ranks each applicant according to ability to repay his/her student loans is used to distribute awards within each of five statewide appellate districts and a sixth category for statewide prosecutors (assistant attorneys general and assistant appellate prosecutors). The amount of the award is also determined by the formula.
The amount of funding for each of the five appellate districts is allocated according to the number of prosecutors and defenders in each district, based on the percentage of the state's total number of prosecutors and public defenders that are employed within each of the districts. Funding for the additional statewide prosecutor category is based on the percentage of the total number of prosecutors that are employed in a statewide capacity.
The award amount is based on the applicant's remaining balance on eligible educational loans, not to exceed $4,000 per year. Proceeds will be remitted directly to the holder(s) of the
Note that ISAC routinely updates this section as new information becomes available. Be sure to check back periodically for the current processing status.
For the 2011-12 Academic Year
This page will be updated with the 2011-12 application for this program, along with processing details, when they become available (anticipated for later this summer).
For more information about the John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program, contact via e-mail (preferred) at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone:
Judy Stickels - 800.899.ISAC (4722), ext. 2834
General information about the program can also be found on the Equal Justice Works website.
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