In September of 2013 the U.S. Department of Justice approved the Coordinating Board's application for a continuation grant to support the John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program (JRJ SLRP) for the fourth consecutive year since funding for the program was initially authorized. The amount of funding for JRJ grants to states has been reduced significantly each year since the initial year. The allocation for Texas was $701,233 for the first year, $293,061 for the second year, $112,112 for the third year, and $105,302 for the current year.
The grant funds must be distributed equally on behalf of prosecutors and public defenders. Program participants signed agreements to remain employed as prosecutors and public defenders for at least three years. Initial-year loan repayment awards were $2,500 for prosecutors and $5,000 for public defenders. Second and third-year awards were reduced to $1,210 and $596 for prosecutors, and were reduced to $2,526 and $1304 for public defenders. Given these reductions, prior year beneficiaries will be invited to submit renewal applications and one-year Secondary Term of Service agreements, to qualify for loan repayment awards supported by the current grant. These individuals will be contacted in late October or early November.
Please visit this web page in the summer of 2014 for any updates on funding for the program next year. Federal program requirements may be viewed at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/johnrjustice.html. For in-depth information regarding available options for financial assistance with student loans, visit http://equaljusticeworks.org/ed-debt/.
For more information, please email us or call the program staff at (512) 427-6492 or (512) 427-6357.
This project is supported by Grant No. 2013-RJ-BX-0006 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.