The Loan Deferral and Forgiveness Program (LD/F) is designed to provide limited loan relief to graduates who pursue public interest law practice. It is consistent with Northeastern’s longstanding commitment to supporting equal access to justice and other important public interest law goals. It was established in recognition that increasingly high educational debt burdens accrued by law students strains the ability of our graduates to choose public interest law careers.

The School of Law encourages public interest graduates to take advantage of the provisions of the 2008 College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA), which provides for income-based repayment and for full public service loan forgiveness on federal student loan debt after 10 years of qualifying payments and eligible employment. 

The 2019 Loan Deferral and Forgiveness Program Guidelines and Application will be available in the fall. The 2019 Round One Deadline is November 15, 2019. The Round Two Deadline (for those applicants who obtain employment after the Round One) is May 29, 2020.

If you have questions concerning the LD/F Program, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at