"I am fortunate to be one of those people that can say, without any hesitation, that they love their job. Every day, I work to make my community a safer and better place. On a normal day, I may prosecute a criminal case, provide legal advice to the county, work with Child Protective Services to find a safe placement for a child and help a victim of family violence obtain a protective order. I am so thankful that the Virginia Loan Forgiveness Program allows me to follow my passion and have such a rewarding career."

—Amber Bewley '09
Assistant County Attorney, Houston County, Texas

Virginia Loan Forgiveness Program (VLFP)

The Law School is committed to making public service a viable career option for graduates who work in the public interest anywhere in the world. As a public institution of the Commonwealth, the Law School is also committed to enabling graduates to practice in underserved parts of Virginia, including in private practice. Graduates who enter qualifying employment within two years of graduation or within two years of completing a judicial clerkship are eligible to receive loan repayment assistance from the Law School.

For the Classes of 2013 and later, the Law School’s revised loan forgiveness program (VLFP II) helps repay the loans of graduates who earn less than $75,000 annually in public service positions. Participants in the program who earn less than $55,000 annually receive benefits covering 100 percent of their qualifying law school loans. Those earning between $55,000 and $75,000 receive benefits prorated based on income. For the Classes of 2012 and earlier, the Law School maintains its original loan forgiveness program (VLFP I).

VLFP Orange and Blue Cycle Applications

There are two cycles for processing VLFP applications. The VLFP "Blue Cycle" benefit period will cover the 12-month period of January through December. The "Orange Cycle," which covers the six-month period of July through December, accommodates graduates who secure employment later in the year, those with shorter-term plans and those who need flexibility in the VLFP cycle. 

The Orange Cycle is only available to new applicants, and applicants who were specifically placed on a six-month cycle by the program director.

Orange Cycle applications are currently available; the deadline for submitting applications and supporting documentation is June 20, 2014. Because benefit payments may not be distributed until August, applicants should be prepared to make July and August educational loan payments before receiving benefits funding. Blue Cycle applications, which are made available online in October each year, are due December 1. Starting in 2013, Blue Cycle applicants will be required to submit an abbreviated mid-year renewal application on June 1.  

Benefit Period
Application Due
Estimated Benefit
Disbursement Date
Orange Cycle
July 1–Dec. 31
June 1
Blue Cycle
Jan. 1–Dec. 31

Helpful Resources


University of Virginia School of Law
Office of Financial Aid
580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: (434) 924-7805
Fax: (434) 982-2128