Show me the Money! Public Service Summer Funding Options & Education Debt Relief News

Looking for Public Service Summer Funding? Don’t Forget: PILA Isn’t the Only Game in Town!

Summer Funding

Don’t miss out. There are some great summer funding sources that many UW law students have benefitted from in the past. For a comprehensive listing check out PSJD’s resources here. Keep in mind that many summer fellowships/grant applications require letters of recommendation so act fast! Deadlines are coming up so don’t miss out!

Here are some highlights:

Q Law Foundation Summer Grant: Deadline extended to this Friday, March 21!

Equal Justice America Fellowships: Deadline next Monday, March 24!

ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund : Deadline March 31.

JW Saxe Fund: Deadline April 1st.

WSBA Labor & Employment Section Summer Grant: Deadline April 3.

KCBA Labor & Employment Section Summer Grant: Deadline April 3.

UW Law International Summer Fellowships: Deadline April 3.

UW Center for Human Rights Fellowships: Deadline April 4.

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties: Deadline April 15.

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program: Deadline April 15.

President Obama’s Budget Proposal & Public Service Loan Forgiveness


March 10, 2014– by Elle Hogan at Equal Justice Works

President Obama’s latest budget proposal includes new initiatives to help Americans deal with their hefty loads of student debt, including expanding eligibility for Pay As You Earn, the most protective income-driven repayment plan. However, it also proposes to cap Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) at the aggregate loan limit for independent undergraduate students, which is currently set at $57,500. This will have the unintended consequence of steering Americans away from public service.

PSLF provides graduates with an incentive to commit to long-term public service careers by helping make them financially viable. If the President’s proposal becomes law and forgiveness is capped at this level, many law school graduates who embark on public service careers will still be paying off their student loans at least 20 years or longer after they graduate (with the possibility of a large tax burden). Many of them will be unable to make this sacrifice, which will mean fewer public defenders, fewer legal aid attorneys, and fewer attorneys working at a wide range of nonprofits. Ultimately, this will result in even less access to justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

To read more about this issue and who will be affected, visit Equal Justice Works’ blog.