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John R. Justice Federal Student Loan Redemption Deadline is December 31, 2022
11/21/2022 | General

John R. Justice Federal Student Loan Redemption Program

One pressing challenge facing New Jersey's criminal justice system today is the retention of qualified prosecutors and public defenders. This program is designed to attract and retain talented attorneys in the service oriented public sector. Qualified attorneys who would be interested in public interest law often forego these careers because of the overwhelming student debt burden assumed during their education. Loan Redemption programs such as the John R. Justice Loan Redemption program are successful in attracting and retaining capable attorneys to careers that they might otherwise not consider.

This program is supported through a federal grant and is offered contingent upon receiving those funds.

To qualify for loan repayment assistance, an applicant must:

  1. Be currently employed full-time by the State of New Jersey as an eligible prosecutor or public defender, and

  2. Have eligible outstanding federal student loan debt in good standing with each lender

  3. Complete the application process and be selected to participate

  4. Sign a service agreement committing to remain employed as an eligible public defender or prosecutor for up to least three years

The most secure and preferred way to send us documents is by uploading your documents on our website at The passcode is njclass13. Please use JRJ2022 for the NJCLASS File Number and the NJCLASS Reference Number may remain blank. If you are unable upload your documents, you may send them via regular mail to HESAA, Special Loans Unit – JRJ, PO Box 549, Trenton, NJ 08625-0549 or email to We look forward to hearing from you soon.

All the required documents must be received by HESAA on or before December 31, 2022

If you have not received benefits from a previous JRJ Loan Redemption Program, please click here.

If you have previously received JRJ Loan Redemption Program benefits and fulfilled your service obligation, please click here.

If you are currently receiving JRJ Loan Redemption Program benefits and have not fulfilled your service obligation, please click here.

Frequently asked questions are posted here.

Interested candidates who need more information may contact HESAA at 800-792-8670, ext. 5535.