FY 2017 John R. Justice Grant Program
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and
Delinquency (PCCD), the state administering agency for federal criminal,
juvenile and victim services funding, applied for and will administer the John
R. Justice (JRJ) Loan Repayment program.
PCCD is announcing
the availability of $56,854 in JRJ funds. It is anticipated that 14 awards will
be awarded in the amount of $4,061. Pennsylvania, as prescribed by the JRJ guidelines,
will equally share our allocation between prosecutors and public defenders. Recipients of FY 2015 JRJ awards will be
given priority consideration for receiving 2017 funds.
This solicitation will provide law school
loan debt relief to full-time county and federal public defenders and
prosecutors that are determined to have the least ability to repay
PCCD will utilize a two-stage application
process. Potential applicants will first fill out the online pre-application
form to determine eligibility and provide PCCD with a pool of qualified
A link to the online pre-application form is provided at
the end of these instructions for your convenience.
Once preliminary selections are finalized, these
individuals will be asked to complete and return a formal application to
include income verification, school loan verification and a John R. Justice
Student Loan Repayment Program Service Agreement along with required documents
(i.e. 2016 Federal Tax Return, education loan documentation, proof of
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance
Agency (PHEAA) will be retained to verify the required loan documentation, administer
loan repayment matters, and work directly with the appropriate lending
institutions to make these loan payments.
Pennsylvania’s JRJ program is designed to prioritize
selection of individuals who have the least ability to repay their qualifying
law school loans. We will consider individuals who are employed within
Pennsylvania as full-time county or federal public defenders and prosecutors.
Selected recipients must maintain eligible employment for a minimum of three
years or repay the entire loan forgiveness amount, if the continued eligible employment
requirement is not met. The target populations to receive loan
repayment awards are those individuals with at least one year and no more than
five years of full time eligible employment.
However, should an insufficient number of applications be received or to
ensure equal amounts of disbursements, selections will be made from the list of
individuals with over five years of eligible employment or under one year of
employment who demonstrate the highest need.
will follow the specific loan eligibility/ineligibility as prescribed in the
federal JRJ requirements such as:
a. A loan made, insured or guaranteed under part B
of subchapter IV of Chapter 28 of Title 20 (Federal Family Education Loan
b. A loan made under Part C or D of subchapter IV
of Chapter 28 of Title 20 (William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan and Federal
c. A loan made under section 1078-3 or 1087e (g) of
Title 20 (Federal Consolidation loans and Federal Direct Consolidation loans,
a. A loan made to the parents of a dependent
student under section 428B of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C.
b. A Federal Direct PLUS Loan made to the parents
of a dependent student.
c. A loan made under section 428C or 455 (g) of the
higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1078-3 (Federal consolidation loans)
and 1087e (g) (Federal Direct Consolidation loans) to the extent that such loan
was used to repay a loan described in clause (1) or (2).
NOTE: Once you start the online application process, you will need to
finish it. You will not be able to save your information and complete it at a
Be sure you have the following information at
hand before beginning the pre-application process:
1. The Source of your 2016 Federal Taxable Income (Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ)
2. Your Federal Taxable Income Amount
a. Line 43, Form 1040
b. Line 27, Form 1040A
c. Line 6, Form 1040EZ
3. Total of All Eligible Loan Balances
4. Access the online JRJ Loan Repayment pre-application.
Deadline to submit your online JRJ pre-application form is March 1, 2018.
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency