Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

Consistent with the Seattle University School of Law mission of preparing students who are committed to contributing to the common good by shaping an equitable legal system, Seattle University School of Law has established a Loan Repayment Assistance Program ("LRAP" or "the program"). The LRAP is designed to provide financial assistance to graduates who accept lower paying public interest employment but who require assistance repaying high educational loan debt.

For those graduates who take traditionally low-paying public interest positions and have substantial educational debt, Seattle University School of Law will lend eligible applicants LRAP funds to help meet the repayment of specified law school loans. If the graduate remains in qualifying public interest employment for at least one year after receipt of the loan and maintains applicable student loans in good standing, the loan made by the Law School will be forgiven. Applicants may apply annually for a total of five years of LRAP funding.

Priority deadline for 2018-19 LRAP applications: April 1, 2019

Seattle University School of Law

Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

Policies and Guidelines

Download application packet

Irving C. Paul Loan Forgiveness Fund

for Public Defenders

Policies and Guidelines

Download application packet


Neither the existence of the program nor the formula used by the program is guaranteed. The program may be adjusted as the program budget, participation rate and indebtedness of participants change. Participants may receive more or less funding in succeeding years. Limited funding is allotted by awarding the same percentage to eligible, on-time applicants.

The advantage of a loan repayment forgiveness program over a grant program may be that the payments to the recipients are not taxable as income. Under current law, IRS Code section 108(f) has been interpreted to exempt from taxation student loans that are canceled for citizens in public service employment. It is recommended that recipients consult a tax advisor.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the LRAP Committee at lawfa@seattleu.edu or (206) 398.4250.