Jewish Educational Loan Fund 2014 applications now available

by | Feb 28, 2014 | Other News

March 1–April 30

Applications for interest-free loans for post-secondary education (college, graduate school and vocational programs) are now available for the 2014- 2015 school year from the Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF). The application is open to Jewish students in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia (excluding metro D.C.) on JELF’s website at until April 30.

JELF loans are need-based and offer “last-dollar” financing, meaning that JELF provides the final dollars that bridge the gap between a student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a program leading to a degree or certificate at an accredited institution located in the United States, be a U.S. citizen or have lawful immigration status in the U.S., and be able to demonstrate financial need (FAFSA application required).

The Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF) awarded more than $852,000 in interest-free loans to Jewish students for the 2013–2014 school year, including $24,920 to Tidewater area students. A record number of applicants came to JELF seeking to fill the gap between the resources they assembled through grants, loans and scholarships and the real cost of their education.

While JELF currently administers more than $4 million in outstanding loans, it has maintained its impressive 99 percent repayment rate. As students repay their loans, JELF uses those payments to make new loans, creating a circle of tzedakah. As a loan recipient recently expressed to JELF, “Thank you so much for your kindness in helping make it possible for me to work towards achieving the career goals to which I’ve long aspired.”

For additional information, contact JELF at, 770-396‑3080 or visit