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HESC announces funds for legal loan forgiveness

Attorneys who wish to continue in public service as a prosecuting attorney or public defender can receive help with their student loan debt from New York state.

The Higher Education Services Corporation announces $2.43 million available in loan forgiveness funding through the New York State District Attorney and Indigent Legal Services Attorney Loan Program, offered to retain experienced attorneys in critical legal service areas across the state.

“The DALF program creates an incentive for experienced attorneys to continue their practice in essential legal service areas where the need is great,” said Elsa Magee, HESC acting president. “Eligible attorneys can be awarded as much as $20,400 in student loan debt forgiveness, which ultimately benefits both the public and these public servants.”

To qualify, an applicant must be a New York state resident for at least one year, have qualifying student loan expenses and be employed full time as a district attorney, assistant district attorney or indigent legal services attorney in a city, county or non-profit organization in New York state providing criminal or civil legal services for the poor for at least four years.

Eligible attorneys may apply for DALF beginning in their fourth through ninth year of service in these legal service areas. Applications must be submitted by May 15. The application and program details are available on