Public Service Law Loan Repayment Program

Public Service Law Loan Repayment Program

The New Mexico Public Service Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) offers legal education loan repayment awards to attorneys that provide legal services to low income or underserved residents of New Mexico. Eligible employment sites include state or local government or the non-profit sector in New Mexico.

Eligible Employers
  • Organizations that are exempt from taxation pursuant to Section 501(c) (3) that provides for the care and maintenance of indigent persons in New Mexico through civil legal services
  • The New Mexico Public Defender’s Department
  • The New Mexico District Attorney's Office
  • Annual salary may not exceed $75,000 (effective July 1, 2018 the maximum allowable annual salary will increase to $75,000).
  • Licensed to practice in New Mexico as an attorney and shall declare intent to practice as an attorney in public service employment in New Mexico.
  • Have student loans that were obtained for legal education expenses that are not in default (past or present).
  • Must have applied to all available legal educational loan repayment programs offered by the applicant’s law school for which the applicant qualifies.
  • Must be employed as an attorney at an eligible employment site (Note: Individuals with an official job offer may apply).
  • This is a service-based program, which requires a three (3) year commitment to work in Public Service Law. Past program participants may be eligible for renewal.
How To Apply
  • Complete the LRAP application packet
  • Submit a complete application packet with all supporting documentation at 
When To Apply

The application opens on November 1st and closes on December 1st. 

Where To Apply

The application will be available at the bottom of this page on November 1, 2023.


The maximum award is $7,200.00 Per year.

The New Mexico Public Service Law Loan Repayment Application is OPEN!

The application will close at 5:00PM on December 1, 2023

Application Opens November 1, 2024

Applicants will need to create a new account and password.

Once an application is submitted, you may not make any edits or add additional documents.

Please ensure your information is correct prior to submission.

NMHED, Financial Aid Division Contact Information
Phone: 1-800-279-9777

CONTACT US: If you require additional guidance on how to direct your question or are not able to locate the information you are looking for on the New Mexico Higher Education Department's website, please send us a message.