Loan Repayment Assistance Program
William & Mary Law School’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program assists graduates, beginning with the Class of 2004, who work for government agencies or qualifying private nonprofit organizations, as described below. Assistance is in the form of annual interest-bearing loans which are forgiven if the recipient satisfies all program requirements and remains in qualifying employment. Funding is provided on a calendar-year basis, with disbursement by mid-March. The program consists of the following funds:
The John Levy Loan Repayment Fund, established in honor of Professor Emeritus John Levy for his lifelong commitment to public service and his distinguished career safeguarding the rights of the unrepresented and underrepresented.
The Ernest W. Goodrich Law Public Service Endowment, established through a bequest by Mr. Goodrich, a 1935 William & Mary graduate who practiced law in Surry, Virginia, for nearly 60 years, and served as president of the Law School Association and Rector of the William & Mary Board of Visitors.
The Richard and Laurie Bellinger Loan Repayment Assistance Endowment, established by the Bellingers, friends of the Law School, to encourage and assist graduates to take positions of high social value.
The R. William Arthur Loan Repayment Assistance Endowment, established by Dorothy Ellett Arthur in memory of her husband, The Honorable R. William Arthur, William & Mary Law Class of 1940, a highly respected lawyer and jurist in Wytheville, Virginia, who devoted much of his career to public service.
The Gregory A. Presnell Loan Repayment Assistance Fund, provided by The Honorable Gregory A. Presnell, U.S. District Judge, who earned his undergraduate degree from William & Mary in 1964.
The William & Mary Public Service Fund, a student organization that raises money for loan repayment and summer public service fellowships.
Eligible applicants will:
- have an annual salary of $55,000 or less for first-time applicants (the salary cap increases to $58,000 for an applicant in the second year of assistance and $60,000 in the third year); and
- be working full-time for a legal aid/legal services organization; public defender; prosecutor; government agency; JAG corps; legislative office; or an academic, law-related, nonlegal, or other 501(c)(3) organization with a public service mission. Partisan political work and judicial clerkships are not eligible.
A maximum of $5,000 in loan forgiveness will be awarded annually per recipient. Each recipient will be eligible for up to $15,000 ($5,000 per year for three calendar years).
Selection criteria include the applicant's commitment to public service, type of work, salary, law school loan debt, personal statement, locale cost of living, and financial circumstances.
The Loan Repayment Assistance Program Application and the Loan Repayment Assistant Program Recertification Form for the following calendar year will be available around November 15 on a password-protected site for alumni. Alumni may request a password by completing this form. The application deadline is mid-January.
Non-William & Mary Loan Repayment Resources
Federal, state, and employer-based loan repayment programs operate independently of William & Mary's. Equal Justice Works provides an overview of some of these programs and offers debt relief webinars and other resources. See www.equaljusticeworks.org. Heather Jarvis, a nationally-recognized expert on education debt relief, offers loan repayment information via webinars, a blog, and other resources. See www.askheatherjarvis.com.