Who may apply: Maryland residents who provide public service in Maryland State or local government or nonprofit agencies in Maryland to low income or underserved residents.
How to apply: Complete and file a LARP General application.
When to apply: The application deadline is September 30. Pre-Graduation Law Applicants (those in their third year of law school) and Urban Teacher Center (UTC) Applicants, also must apply by September 30.
Eligible employment fields: 2016-2017 eligible employment fields:
You must have earned a degree from a college in Maryland, or from any law school, or a resident teacher certificate from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). You must be employed full-time (35+ hours per week) in state or local government or in a nonprofit organization in Maryland. Your employer must help low income, underserved residents or underserved areas in the state. You must have educational loans from a university, government, or commercial source that you used to pay college expenses. You may not be in default on a loan. Your annual gross salary cannot exceed $60,000. If married, your annual gross salary cannot exceed $60,000, and your combined salaries cannot exceed $130,000. If employed as a nurse faculty member, your annual gross salary cannot exceed $75,000. If married, your annual gross salary cannot exceed $75,000, and your combined salaries cannot exceed $160,000. This is a service-based program. Prior service obligations from other State of Maryland scholarships must be completed by July 1, 2016. One position cannot fulfill two service obligations simultaneously.
URBAN TEACHER CENTER (UTC) APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS
You must be in your 2nd year of the program and possess a Maryland Resident Teaching Certificate. You must submit a LARP General application and all required documents by the deadline specified in the "When to Apply" section. UTC applicants are not eligible to receive the lock-in award.
PRE-GRADUATION LAW STUDENT REQUIREMENTS
You must be a law student attending University of Maryland, Baltimore or University of Baltimore and in your third and final year of school. You must submit a LARP General application by the deadline specified in the "When to Apply" section. Our office must also receive documentation of your official, eligible job offer prior to January 1, 2017.
Applicants will be grouped according to eligible employment field. Within employment fields, individuals will be ranked according to graduation date, then application complete date. If individuals have identical graduation dates and application complete dates, applicants with the lowest income will be awarded first. Priority is given to individuals who have graduated from an institution of higher education in the last three years. Priority employment fields established by law are legal services and nursing. Priority for awarding will also be given to applicants who are employed as nurse faculty members or applicants who teach in schools designated as federal Title I, schools Identified for Improvement by MSDE, or who teach in designated critical shortage subject fields.
Awards will be determined by an applicant’s overall reported educational debt at the time of application. Recipients will lock-in to an award level that contains set award amounts. Award funds are distributed annually over a three (3) year period as long as the recipient remains eligible and continues to submit the required annual employment, lender and tax documentation by the September 30 deadline.
*Payment amount cannot exceed total debt; amount will be adjusted
RENEWING AN AWARD
Recipients of lock-in awards are required to submit annual employment, lender and tax documentation by the September 30 deadline for each year that they receive funding. Failure to submit required documentation by the deadline or failure to report changes in your employment status and/or salary level through out the service/award years will make you ineligible for the award.
AWARD PAYMENT OPTIONS
Award recipients of the Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program are eligible to receive monthly payments if they participate in the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). Individuals who opt to participate in the monthly payment option will receive 12 installments from March 2017 through February 2018. The monthly installment amount will be determined based on the award amount (i.e. Yearly award of $6,000 equals 12 monthly payments of $500).
In addition to the monthly payment option, award recipients can also choose to receive their award in one lump-sum.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LARP PROGRAM: (PDF)
If you have an existing MDCAPS account apply here https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us. If you don't have an MDCAPS account click here for instructions on creating one.
Download the list of schools designated as Federal Title I by the Maryland State Department of Education.
CONDITIONS OF AWARD
Download 2016-2017 Conditions of Award Lock in Award (PDF)
Download 2016-2017 Conditions of Award One Year Only (PDF)
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