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The Office of the Indiana Attorney General is the designated agency to administer the John R. Justice (JRJ) Student Repayment Program for the State of Indiana. The purpose of the program is to encourage qualified attorneys to choose careers as prosecutors and public defenders and to continue in that service. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has provided funding under the FY 2013 JRJ Program in the amount of $63,873
Eligible recipients must enter a service obligation with the U.S. Department of Justice agreeing to remain employed as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years in order to receive a payment under this program. Failure to fulfil the employment commitment will require repayment of the full amount received by the recipient to the U.S. Department of Justice.
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.
Check for commercial student loans, which will not appear in the National Student Loan Data System.
Commercial loans are not eligible for forgiveness. www.annualcreditreport.com.
Awards will be distributed to those least able to repay their loans, but will be spread among geographic and population density to ensure that funding is not isolated or heavily concentrated in any particular geographic section of the state.
The methodology that will be used to assess an applicant's ability to repay their student loans will be to consider the ratio of an applicant's total eligible educational debt to an applicant's adjusted gross income. A cost of living adjustment will be made for each applicant by county. The minimum ratio needed to receive benefits will be determined after all applications are received and the numbers of applications is compared with the total amount of funding available.
JRJ award recipients that do not fulfill the U.S. Department of Justice service agreement must report their ineligible status of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.
For further information about the Indiana JRJ Program, contact Natalie Robinson via email at Natalie.Robinson@atg.in.gov.
For more information on the federal program see the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, John R. Justice Official Site.