Program Information

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Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program (PILRAP)

Our Mission

Central to the educational mission of the American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) is the belief that law is based on the inherent dignity of all individuals. AUWCL graduates have a proud history of building upon that core belief. Many of AUWCL's alumni enter into careers for the public interest, carrying forward the institution's long-standing commitment to use the law as a tool for positive change in our society. Given the cost of higher education and the resulting debt burden with which students graduate, a career in public interest is often not economically viable unless graduates invest time and energy in learning how to manage debt. It is important that public interest lawyers avail themselves of the repayment plans and assistance programs offered by the federal government. As a demonstration of its ongoing commitment to supporting graduates who apply the law to the greater good, AUWCL implemented an invaluable assistance program, the Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program (PILRAP).

PILRAP helps relieve the educational debt burden by providing loan repayment assistance to qualifying JD graduates who work full-time in certain non-profit or government positions.

To learn more about PILRAP, visit


Access the application by following this link.

Other Loan Repayment Resources

Income-Based Repayment

Department of Education Information Page and Fact Sheet (PDF).

IBR Estimated Monthly Payment Calculator from

Pay As You Earn

Department of Education Information Page and Fact Sheet.

Find out if you are eligible for PAYE, by clicking here.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Department of Education Information Page, Questions and Answers and Fact Sheet (PDF).

Contact Information

For more information about the Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Programs, please contact: