Foundation Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Real stories, real people.

I have to live at home with my family. I drive a 12-year old car. I don't travel, have a cell phone, or cable TV. All my money goes to the debt. I can't save much and dropped my dental coverage to have extra money. If I didn't have so much debt, I could be saving for a future. At times my focus would be better if I didn't have to worry about meeting my school loan debt.

During the interview process, I struggled with balancing my career desires against the practical realities of nearly six figures of student loan debt. The LRAP made my job choice a lot easier. I am now in the enviable position of having a job that I love. This is more than just a job for me; it is a calling, and the [Foundation and employer's] LRAPs have made it possible.

These are just a few of the stories of the financial struggles faced by Ohio legal aid staff. They exemplify the challenge Ohio's legal aids often face in attracting and retaining highly qualified and committed lawyers.

Consistent with its commitment to equal access to justice and its mission to ensure that resources, programs and services exist statewide to serve the unmet civil legal needs of Ohio's poor, in 2007 the Foundation began its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), to strengthen and expand civil legal aid by supporting the recruitment and retention of qualifying attorneys by Foundation-funded legal aids.