Room 240 & virtual
Join the Financial Aid Office for our Spring LRAP info session. We’ll cover Berkeley Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) for J.D. graduates working in law-related, public interest jobs, plus other programs to help you manage your student loans like federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). We’ll also touch on new topics, like the pending debt cancellation litigation and proposed new PSLF and Income-Driven Repayment regulations. Come with your questions about loan repayment and forgiveness!
Any law students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend. This session is most pertinent to J.D. students. 3Ls, if you haven’t attended an LRAP session before, this is your last chance!
This hybrid event will take place in Room 240 and also on Zoom. If you plan to attend virtually, please register for the Zoom webinar in advance.
Would you like to learn about opportunities to get your student debt cancelled? Join the Student Borrower Protection Center to learn more about different pathways to cancellation of student debt including: the Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) Account Adjustment, Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), and President Biden’s Student Debt Relief Plan. The SBPC will review all three options for getting debt cancelled and the steps borrowers need to take in order to participate in them. The event will also review resources for borrowers and feature a live Q&A.
The Biden Administration has announced a three-part student debt relief plan that outlines debt forgiveness for those who qualify, an extension of the payment pause, and a new income-driven approach with some tremendous benefits for borrowers. How do these provisions impact law students and those working in legal professions already? Attend this session for a brief overview of the plan, followed by a Q&A with an Accredited Financial Counselor® from AccessLex Institute.
When it comes to your law school budget, the most important step for saving more is borrowing less. But financial growth during and after law school also means managing credit, understanding loan repayment options, tracking debt, and planning for future expenses like the bar exam. In this session, you’ll walk through each of these items and gain access to spending plan worksheets and other tools to stay on track! Hosted by AccessLex Institute.
Paying for law school is often the top concern for aspiring law students. Thankfully, a little knowledge about the financial aid process and funding strategies will go a long way in lowering your stress as you make your way through your legal education. In this session we’ll discuss cost of attendance, the financial aid application process and the types of aid available to law students. In addition, you’ll learn about student loans and how to compare financial aid offers so you can determine your estimated out-of-pocket expenses associated with each school you’re considering. Hosted by AccessLex Institute.
Student loan repayment can feel overwhelming, but you can chart a path to a debt-free future. Covering all of the essential details, including repayment plan options, consolidation, loan forgiveness and more, this workshop will provide the information and next steps you need to get you on the road to zero student debt. Hosted by AccessLex Institute.
Whenever you make a big financial commitment like attending law school, it’s important to understand what you’re planning to get out of it. A legal education can pay tangible and intangible dividends over your lifetime. In this session, we’ll discuss how to calculate your law school ROI and share resources that can help you optimize it. Hosted by AccessLex Institute.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program enables employees working for qualified public service employers to achieve forgiveness of their federal Direct student loans after 120 monthly payments on a qualified repayment plan. During this session, an Accredited Financial Counselor® from AccessLex Institute® will review the details of and recent updates to the program, as well as the steps you need to take to get on the right track for forgiveness. Hosted by AccessLex Institute.
This session hosted by the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office on November 17, 2022 covers strategies to minimize student loan borrowing and maximize scholarships.
This session hosted by the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office on October 10, 2022 describes how law students planning to go into public interest careers can manage their student loan debt. Topics covered include Berkeley Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program, the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, loan repayment options, and the new debt cancellation plan.
Staffers from the University of California – Office of the President hosted this webinar to help with tax filing questions pertinent to UC graduate and professional students on March 9, 2022.
Two of the nation’s leading experts on student loan law — Persis Yu of the National Consumer Law Center and Mike Pierce of the Student Borrower Protection Center — join Berkeley’s own Professor Jonathan Glater, himself a leading scholar in the field, to discuss imminent changes in student loan policy. This session was hosted September 23, 2021 by the Berkeley Law Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice.
Four Berkeley Law alums answer questions about how they were successfully able to get their student loans forgiven using the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Hosted by the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office on March 14, 2022.
A panel of experts discusses recent changes to the student loan landscape, including the new Public Service Loan Forgiveness waiver, the extended COVID forbearance, and upcoming policy changes to PSLF and income-driven repayment. Panelists were from the Student Borrower Protection Center, and the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, and the National Consumer Law Center. Hosted by the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office on April 13, 2022.
Walk through the best practices for successfully obtaining Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) with Amanda Prasuhn from Berkeley Law’s Financial Aid Office and Suzanne Martindale from the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. We cover the PSLF rules, how to review your loans and fill out the PSLF Form, navigating studentaid.gov, the new PSLF Waiver, and what to do if something goes wrong. Hosted by the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office on May 23, 2022.