In September of 2012 the U.S. Department of Justice approved the Coordinating Board's application for a continuation grant to fund the John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program (JRJ SLRP) for the third 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, and $112,112 for the third year.
The grant funds must be distributed equally on behalf of prosecutors and public defenders. A condition of the grant is that priority must be given to individuals who have an ongoing JRJ SLRP service agreement obligation. Therefore, no new participants were accepted into the program for the current federal budget year.
Please visit this web page in the coming months 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 more information, please email us or call the the program staff at (512)427-6492 or (512)427-6357.
This project is supported by Grant No. 2012-RJ-BX-0019 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.