The DC Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is a critical pillar of our strategy to support legal aid providers who deliver assistance to financially disenfranchised DC residents. Through LRAP, the Foundation provides one-year, interest-free, forgivable loans of up to $12,000 per year to qualified legal aid attorneys. This helps these talented attorneys remain at their workplaces and provide exceptional service to their clients while juggling lower salaries and high educational debt.
The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) has partnered with Fosterus, a non-profit established to assist with the administration of LRAP programs. Each month, eligible employers provide the names of new employees who may qualify for the Foundation’s LRAP program. We then invite qualified attorneys to enroll in the program by electronically linking their student loan servicing accounts. If you work for one of our eligible employers and think you may qualify, please contact your employer to see if they have sent your information to DCBF.
For participants with federal loans, DCBF awards the lesser of the monthly loan payment due, or $600 per month. For those participants with private loans, the award is capped at $1,000 per month. And, in a critical improvement to the program, starting this month, DCBF will determine eligibility for LRAP awards on a rolling basis. LRAP-eligible attorneys will no longer have to wait for an annual LRAP application period in October, nor will they have to wait until the following January to receive awards. The partnership with Fosterus creates a streamlined enrollment process with less paperwork for participants by accessing loan servicing information and making payments directly to lenders.
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