Colorado Law is dedicated to making public interest legal careers a real option for our graduates, despite the reality of educational debt. Colorado Law's Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) provides partial loan repayment awards to select alumni who choose qualifying public interest work.
Awards may be as much as $6,500 per recipient per year, depending on the availability of funds and other factors.
Awards are contingent upon the recipient's ongoing employment in a qualifying public interest job during the annual period for which the LRAP funds are awarded.
The deadline to apply for an LRAP initial award or renewal is October 7, 2016. We encourage you to consult the FAQs before you submit your application.
Colorado Law keeps all information, including tax returns, strictly confidential and uses data only for determining income and financial eligibility.
You must be a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School. Applicants are NOT required to be licensed attorneys to be eligible for LRAP. Selection for an award is based upon:
An applicant must be employed full-time (35 or more hours per week) in a "public interest capacity" in one of three categories. The categories are:
Judicial clerkships do not qualify as employment in a "public interest capacity" for purposes of Colorado Law’s LRAP.
Your employer cannot be the University of Colorado, nor can the applicant’s services be performed for the University of Colorado.
To qualify for a first-time LRAP award, your gross annual salary must not exceed $63,000.
Our LRAP recognizes annual debt service only on law school loans approved by the University of Colorado. Although total debt burden may be considered in evaluating applications, LRAP awards are intended to repay only law school loans. Our LRAP does not require that you be enrolled in an income-driven repayment plan, e.g. IBR or PAYE.
Participants must notify Colorado Law in writing (c/o the LRAP Administrator) within 30 days of any eligibility changes, including changes in salary, marital status, employment, and loan repayment status. Failure to provide notification will result in the loss of benefits. Participants who receive overpayments as a result of changes are required to refund the overpayment amount to the program.
Colorado Law LRAP recipients may reapply to and will receive an award, for up to four renewal years, if funds are available. (Five years total of LRAP funding may be received.) Renewal applicants must meet all eligibility requirements each year.
Since fiscal year 2012, Colorado Law’s LRAP awards have been structured as loans forgivable after one year of service in the qualifying job. Based on guidance published by the Internal Revenue Service, this structure may eliminate tax consequences for certain recipients.
Colorado Law strongly encourages participants to consult with their tax advisors regarding taxation of each participant’s individual LRAP award.
Please review the LRAP FAQs.
LRAP is administered by the University of Colorado Law School. For further information, please contact Alexia McCaskill, Director for Government & Public Interest.