Steps to Apply
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.
- For previous (2016-2019 award) JRJ recipients only, complete the JRJ Employment Verification Continuing Service Form and include with application packet.
- All materials must be completed, signed, scanned and attached as a PDF document (documents can be scanned as individually or all together in one PDF) and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline.
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)
- What is the individual award amount? The award amounts will not be determined until all applications have been entered and the application period has closed.
- When will I receive notification if I have been awarded the JRJ award? All applicants will be notified by email stating if they have been awarded or denied after all applications have been entered into our system for scoring (which takes into account the applicant’s amount of student loan debt, years of service, current annual salary, and geographic location). This process normally takes 1-3 weeks after the close of the application period.
Further inquiries specific to Ohio's program can be directed to: