Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program (PILRAP)

Application Process for 2014

Applications for 2014 were due on October 1, 2013. Please note: the application deadline was earlier this year than in years past. This earlier deadline will help ensure that awards are distributed as early as possible in 2014. Application materials can be found below:

The application asks that you submit loan statements that include the balance, interest rate, repayment plan, and monthly payment amount for each loan. A redacted example of such documentation can be viewed by clicking this link.  

Mid-Year Certification (Due May 15, 2014)

PILRAP Mid-Year Employment Verification Form - Submit this form in May along with documentation of your having made loan payments for all previous months of the calendar year. All of this information should be scanned into a single attachment and emailed to finaid@wcl.american.edu.

Application Requirements

  • Signed PILRAP application for the current year.
  • Signed copy of federal tax return for the most recent calendar year with schedules and W-2 Form.
  • Signed copy of spouse's federal tax return for the most recent calendar year with schedules and W-2 Form (if applicable).
  • Current repayment information on all qualifying existing loans.
  • Verification of employment - documentation from employer of qualifying employment (form provided).
  • Application checklist.

Award Timeline

October 1, 2013 Application Deadline
December, 2013 Decisions Mailed
Early 2014 Award checks issued

Award Renewal

Eligibility for program participation must be reestablished each year. A new application and supporting documents must be submitted by the established deadline for award renewal or for PILRAP loan forgiveness to be determined. Failure to reapply may result in loss of assistance. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for information on leaves of absence and inactive status.

Information Release

In an effort to create an informal community of PILRAP participants as well as a resource for new and potential PILRAP participants, please consider the following options and indicate your interest by sending an email to David Steib, Assistant Director for the Office of Public Interest, at dsteib@wcl.american.edu.

As a PILRAP recipient:

  • I am willing to have my contact information made available to other current PILRAP participants.
  • I am willing to have my contact information made available to potential PILRAP participants.
  • I am willing to have my profile published in a PILRAP brochure or newsletter.
  • I am willing to participate in a PILRAP panel on campus.
  • I am willing to host or help organize a PILRAP function in my area.

Application Filing (New Process in 2013)

All application materials must be scanned together and emailed as a single attachment in an email (with the subject heading “PILRAP 2014 Application”) to finaid@wcl.american.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Hard copies, faxes, and incomplete applications will not be accepted. An application is not considered submitted until the applicant receives a confirmation email from the Financial Aid Office. An applicant who does not receive a confirmation email within two business days of submitting the application must contact finaid@wcl.american.edu to confirm receipt of the application. Late applications will not be considered.

Deadline: October 1, 2013


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