All application materials will need to be scanned and uploaded to our secure server – paper submissions, either mailed, emailed or faxed, will not be accepted.
The steps to apply are as follows:
- Read, complete and sign the Federal Service Agreement. Fillable form can be found at this link.
- Read, complete and sign the JRJ Application. Note this application needs to be signed both by the applicant and the applicant’s employer. Fillable form can be found at this link.
- Submit copies of all loan-related documentation confirming outstanding student loan debt reported on JRJ application. Documentation submitted should confirm name of borrower, current outstanding loan amount and type of student loan.
- All materials must be completed, signed, scanned and attached as PDF documents to be sent electronically through our secured server. Submit at link below.
Please note that this system will not accommodate multiple files submitted in one submission. Applicants may submit all application materials as one PDF file in one submission OR applicants can submit individual application materials as separate PDF files in multiple submissions.
JRJ Employment Verification Continuing Service Forms:
About the Program
The John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program (JRJ) provides loan repayment assistance for state and federal public defenders and state prosecutors who agree to remain employed as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years.
State and federal public defenders and state prosecutors who agree to remain employed as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years.
- All eligible attorneys must be "continually licensed to practice law."
- Eligible prosecutors are full-time employees of a state or unit of local government (including tribal government), who "prosecute criminal or juvenile delinquency cases at the state or unit of local government level."
- Public defenders are either full-time employees of a state or unit of local government (including tribal government), or full-time employees of a nonprofit organization operating under a contract with a state or unit of local government, who "provide legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases."
- Full-time federal defender attorneys in a defender organization providing legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases pursuant to Subsection (g) of section 3006A of Title 18, United States Code are eligible.
- Attorneys providing supervision, education, or training of other persons providing prosecutor or public defender representation are also eligible.
- Prosecutors who are employees of the federal government are not eligible.
- Attorneys who are in private practice (and not a full-time employee of a non-profit organization) are not eligible, even if providing public defense services under contract to the state.
- An attorney must not be in default on repayment of any federal student loans.
Federal student loans (both FFEL and Direct loans) are eligible for assistance; however, loans in default, Parent PLUS loans, and private, commercial, or alternative student loans are not eligible.
FAQ and Contact
- John R. Justice FAQs (PDF) - from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Further inquiries specific to Ohio's program can be directed to: