John R. Justice Loan Forgiveness Program

NOW ACCEPTING 2020 JOHN R. JUSTICE STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATIONS. 

The South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination (SCCPC) is now accepting applications for the 2020 John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program. The application period will end Monday, November 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The John R. Justice Loan Repayment Program provides student loan repayment assistance for local, state, and federal public defenders and state solicitors who commit to extended service in those roles. Please share the attached 2020  John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program Application and Service Agreement Packet with the prosecutors and public defenders in your offices.

This year, there is a total of $40,385.00 for awards to eligible prosecutors and public defenders. This amount will be divided equally between the two groups, prosecutors and public defenders, with each group receiving $20,192.50.

All eligible prosecutors and public defenders may apply (please see the application for eligibility guidelines). Completed applications must be submitted electronically to the SCCPC Director of Business Services and Communications, Andrea Sancho-Baker (asancho-baker@cpc.sc.gov) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2020.  

2020 JOHN R. JUSTICE SLRP APPLICATION PACKET

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The John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program authorized in Public Law 110-315, Part JJ, dated August 14, 2008, 42 USC 3797cc-21, provides loan repayment assistance for state and federal prosecutors and public defenders who agree to remain employed as prosecutors and defenders for at least three years. Repayment benefits cannot exceed $10,000 in a calendar year with a total aggregate not to exceed $60,000. The South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination administers the John R. Justice loan forgiveness funding and awards for South Carolina.

Loan Eligibility


Eligible education loans include:

  • Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) Loans
  • Federal Direct Stafford Loans
  • FFELP and Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
  • FFELP and Direct Consolidation Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans

Non-eligible loans include:

  • Federal Parent PLUS Loans
  • Federal Consolidation Loans used to repay Federal Parent PLUS Loans
  • Defaulted student loans
  • Non-federal student loans (private, commercial or alternative student loans)
  • Any eligible loan that has been paid in full