District Attorney and Indigent Legal Services Attorney Loan Forgiveness Program (DALF)

Student loan forgiveness for District Attorneys, Assistant District Attorneys, or Indigent Legal Services Attorneys throughout New York State.

  • Receive up to $20,400 

  • Worked full-time as a District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, or Indigent Legal Services Attorney in New York State between 4 to 9 years

  • Have an outstanding balance on an eligible student loan debt

The deadline to apply for the District Attorney and Indigent Legal Services Attorney Loan Forgiveness Program has passed.

Amount

$3,400

The maximum award under this Program is $20,400 or the applicant's actual eligible student loan indebtedness at the time eligibility is established, whichever is less.  

  • Awards will be paid in the amount of $3,400 for each annual period of qualified service completed or the remaining loan indebtedness.  
Frequency

Annual

Must apply every year.

Duration

Up to 6 years of qualified service.

Any loan forgiveness award payments received may have tax implications. A 1099 form will be issued by the NYS Office of the State Comptroller reflecting the total loan forgiveness payment assistance received by the recipient for the year. Any questions regarding potential tax implications should be directed to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.

Undocumented and other immigrant students: before submitting your application material, apply for eligibility under the NYS DREAM Act.

To receive the Scholarship, you must meet the following residency requirements: 

  • You are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • You are a legal resident of New York State and have resided in New York State for 12 continuous months.

Not a citizen or eligible noncitizen? Learn more about the NYS DREAM Act application.

Eligible Student Loans

Eligible student loans include the total loan balance required to be paid by an eligible attorney on the cumulative total of outstanding student loans covering the cost of attendance at an undergraduate institution and/or law school, at the time the attorney applies for the Program. Interest paid or due on these loans is considered eligible for reimbursement under this Program. 

For purposes of this calculation, the amount of the eligible student loan debt will be reduced by any grants, loan forgiveness, or similar reductions to the attorney’s indebtedness that the attorney has received or will receive, such as law school loan forgiveness and public service scholarships.

Loan payment duration requirements include:

  • Up to 6 years of qualified service.

     

     

Have worked full-time as a District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney,  Indigent Legal Services Attorney, or employed by a prosecuting or criminal defense agency, while a law school graduate awaiting admission to the New York State bar, in New York State for a total of at least four years, but no more than nine years

Must have worked full-time as a District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Indigent Legal Services Attorney or employed by a prosecuting or criminal defense agency, while a law school graduate awaiting admission to the New York State bar, in New York State for a total of 12 months prior to submitting your application.

There is no income requirement or limit.

Financial Status

To receive the loan forgiveness, you must:

  • Be in good standing (a non-default status) on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or on the repayment of any NYS award.
  • Be in compliance with the terms of the service condition(s) imposed by any NYS award that you have previously received.

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