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LRAP: Cornell Law School
Published June 2010
Public Interest Low Income Protection Plan
How it Works
Judicial clerkships are not eligible but you may enter PILIPP after completion.
While other educational debt is not eligible, it is taken into account in the calculation of expected contribution.
Calculation of Expected Participant Contribution
Gross annual income is the higher of (1) the participant’s income minus annual non-law educational debt or (2) ½ the joint income (if married) minus the joint annual educational debt obligation (not including participant’s law school debt obligation).
There is a base amount of $35,000 allotted for cost of living. This amount is adjusted based on where the participant resides. For example, the amount is increased by 27.96% for those living in New York and 18.55% for those living in Atlanta. The complete list of adjustments can be found on Cornell Law’s website.
A $5,000 allowance is given for each dependent child.
So, for example, a single, childless participant living in New York with a salary of $55,000 would have a net income of $10,214 ($55,000 minus ($35,000 + 27.96% of $35,000). Half of this ($5,107) would be the expected contribution towards law school loan repayment. Cornell would cover the remaining amount, if any.
There is no salary cap. Assets may be included in the calculation of net income.
Final Thoughts on the Cornell Law School Public Interest Low Income Protection Plan
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