The Gregory A. Loken Loan Repayment Assistance Program (the "Program") is hereby established at Quinnipiac University to assist graduates from the Quinnipiac University School of Law (QUSL).
The mission of the Program is to encourage QUSL graduates to work in law-related jobs that will benefit the overall public interest and to ease the financial burden of those who make a commitment to pursue public interest employment.
I. Oversight and Administration
A. The Gregory A. Loken Loan Repayment Assistance Program Oversight Committee (hereafter, "the Committee") shall administer the Program. The Dean shall annually direct the appointment of members to the Committee and shall annually appoint the Chair of the Committee. Members may serve consecutive terms.
B. The Committee shall be comprised of:
- One to three professors selected by the Dean, (which may include the Dean) with staggered terms so that there always will be members of the Committee with prior experience. Initial appointments will be of one, two, and three years, respectively.
- One to three students, selected for one-year terms by the Dean with the participation of the Student Bar Association and the Associate Dean of Students. Students should have a demonstrated record of commitment to public interest. Students may not receive Program awards in the year in which they serve as Committee members.
- One or more administrators selected by the Dean, usually representing financial aid, career services/student affairs, and development areas of responsibility.
- Other members may be added at the discretion of the Dean in consultation with the Chair.
C. The Committee will meet at least once per semester. The Committee will monitor implementation of the Program, specifically matters of funding, publicity, and program improvement, and will select award recipients. The Committee may adopt procedures, subject to the Dean's approval, necessary to administer the Program.
II. Eligible Classes
Graduates from QUSL in the five-year period immediately preceding the year of disbursement are eligible to apply. For example, for the funds to be distributed in 2015, applicants may be from the classes of 2010 through 2014.
III. Eligible Employment
Each applicant must have secured a full-time, law-related position with a non-profit organization that provides, directly or through public policy efforts, legal services that benefit the community, underrepresented groups, or indigent persons. A law-related position is one which, as determined by the Committee, requires a JD or equivalent degree and makes direct use of the applicant's legal education. The Committee will give preference to applicants working in non-governmental positions when making awards; the Committee will follow practices consistent with Quinnipiac University's (QU) nondiscrimination policy.
IV. Income Eligibility
A. Applicants must have secured employment in positions meeting the qualifications stated above and should receive salaries that do not exceed $50,000 annually.
B. Applicants must have a minimum of $50,000 in law school debt, with all loans in good standing.
C. The Committee may take into account other factors in setting an applicant's income eligibility, including, but not limited to:
- Spouse's income
- Children and/or other dependents
- Spouse's educational loans
- Other loans such as undergraduate educational loans
- Assistance applicant receives from other loan repayment assistance programs
- Other substantial sources of financial support.
V. Award Amount
Each award should be not less than $2,500; however, awards will be based on available funding and each applicant's financial need. The Dean shall determine and communicate to the Committee the total amount available for assistance each fiscal year. Awards are not automatically renewed. Current recipients may reapply for consideration.
VI. General Administration
A. Publicizing the Program
- The Committee should strive to raise interest in the Program by public relations activities, including presentations in publications such as law school brochures, catalogues, and alumni brochures. The Committee should periodically produce a survey distributed to the law school student body, to monitor student awareness of the Program.
- The Professional and Career Development Office should inform public interest employers of the Program to encourage active recruitment by public interest employers at QUSL.
B. Improving the Program
The Committee should seek ways to improve and update the Program. The Committee should review, once implemented, the income and award guidelines annually.
C. Reporting to the Donors
The Committee (or others at QU) will report annually on Program activity, including, but not limited to, fund balances, number of applicants, and general information regarding award distribution.
VII. Application and Disbursement Procedures
A. Application procedures
Each applicant must complete and submit the Program Application (PA). Applications for 2014 may be submitted from January 1, 2015 through March 30, 2015. The Committee will announce award decisions no later than May 1, 2015.
B. Disbursement Procedures: Applicants selected for LRAP awards will receive information from the Committee with instructions about the disbursement procedure.
VIII. Program Funding
In the event funds available for disbursement are insufficient to make an award, the Dean of QUSL may, with the approval of the Committee, suspend the Program without prior notice.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have any questions.