Please review the How to Apply for LRAP page and utilize our LRAP Calculator before submitting an application. The LRAP application cannot be saved once started, so we advise gathering all required materials and information beforehand. If you have further questions or encounter unfamiliar terms, check out our LRAP application definitions and FAQs.
Required for new and continuing LRAP applicants to receive a new LRAP loan
- Access the online application
- The online application cannot be saved, so make sure you have all the required materials and information before starting. If you have questions about the application or encounter unfamiliar terms, please review our LRAP application definitions and FAQs.
- Submitting an application is required to receive initial and renewed LRAP loans.
Required for LRAP Applications and Forgiveness Applications to certify your income at the beginning and end of a contract
- Access the Employer Verification Form
- Please upload a completed and recently signed (no more than 40 days in the past) form into the online applications for funding and forgiveness.
Determines how much of your previous LRAP loan is eligible to be forgiven, i.e. cancelled
- Access the online application
- Before starting your forgiveness application, review the checklist here.
- Submitting a forgiveness application within 30 days of the end of each LRAP contract is required by the terms of your LRAP loan.
- We process forgiveness applications on a quarterly basis, so it may take a few weeks to hear back from us about your application.
To pre-qualify for LRAP if you are not yet eligible for an award
- Access the pre-qualification form
- Worried about meeting the 3.5 year LRAP deadline? You can now apply to pre-qualify for 120 months of LRAP funding without having to submit an LRAP application.
- To pre-qualify, you need to be 1) in greater-than-half time and paid law-related, public interest work making under $100k; 2) be in repayment (not in school, in a grace period, or in a forbearance or deferment (the automatic COVID forbearance doesn’t count)); 3) be enrolled in an income-driven repayment plan; and 4) have a $0 monthly payment.
- You must submit both an Employer Verification Form and documentation of your $0 payment to apply.
To ensure you receive communications and LRAP funds as quickly as possible
- If you need to update your address, name, EFT or preferred payment method, or other information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update your information in our internal systems.
- Since we issue LRAP payments through the main campus, we also need to get your information updated with the UC Berkeley vendoring and disbursement teams. To do so, you should complete the supplier update DocuSign form. Please contact email@example.com for information about your supplier ID number, staff contact information, and other required fields.
To apply for and remain in a federal income-driven repayment plan
- Access the application
- On studentaid.gov, you can apply to enter, recertify (annually), or recalculate (immediately) an income-driven repayment plan.
- Being on an IDR plan is a requirement for LRAP and is the best plan for those pursuing PSLF.
To document your PSLF-qualifying employment and payments through Federal Student Aid. Please do not submit this form to Berkeley Law–it contains confidential information and does not satisfy our employer verification requirements.
- Access the PSLF Form
- Please submit this form to the Department of Education/FedLoan Servicing (not the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office).
- You should submit this form to the Dep’t of Ed annually, and at least every time you change jobs, if you plan to pursue PSLF. The form will indicate you’d like to have your employment and payments checked to see if they qualify for PSLF.
- See our PSLF page for more information.