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Thursday, Jun. 10, 2010
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Free webinar: Understanding the new civil legal assistance attorney student loan repayment program

Civil Legal Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (CLAAP) will make $5 million available to help repay a portion of eligible federal student loan debt for civil legal assistance attorneys who are employed full-time

The Department of Education recently announced Civil Legal Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (CLAAP) will make $5 million available to help repay a portion of eligible federal student loan debt for civil legal assistance attorneys who are employed full-time. However, the program's Ineligibility for Double Benefits Provision makes determining eligibility and benefits a complex task.

Equal Justice Works Senior Program Manager of Law Schools and Advocacy Outreach Heather Jarvis is hosting two free webinars on Thursday, June 17 and Wednesday, July 7 at noon on Understanding the Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program. The 60-minute, interactive webinar will help participants gain an understanding of the Ineligibility for Double Benefits Provision and how to apply for CLAAP, as well as provide information about efforts to secure ongoing funding.

CLAAP is available to qualified civil legal assistance attorneys with federal student loan dept. Applications for the program are expected to be due by Monday, Aug. 16 and funds will be committed on a first-come, first served basis. Eligible attorneys must be licensed to practice law and must be full-time employees of a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance with respect to civil matters to low-income individuals without a fee, or full-time employees of a protection and advocacy system or client assistance program receiving federal funding. The attorneys will need to remain employed for three years or pay the assistance back. Because of CLAAP's Ineligibility for Double Benefits Provision, attorneys expecting to earn substantial Public Service Loan Forgiveness benefits under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act must carefully weigh the pros and cons of receiving CLAAP benefits.

Click here to register for Understanding the Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program. Click here for additional resources to help explain the program and eligibility requirements from Equal Justice Works.

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