Interest Free Loans for Jewish Students In Need

Do you need funds
for higher ed?

I want to support
a college student!

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Our Impact

Since 1961 JELF has provided over $14.5 million in interest free loans to over 2,000 Jewish students in our five-state region.

JELF is dedicated to providing students with the means to
fulfill their educational goals. See the Stories!

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Free of Interest. Full of Hope.

Our “Bringing it Full Circle” video highlights the stories of three very different loan recipients who have paid back their loan and now give back by donating and volunteering.

Applying for a JELF loan begins online.  We work hard to ensure funding for as many qualified students as possible.  Simply click below to get started.

Support for JELF can take many forms. Each year we have over 200 volunteers that give their time to help Jewish students succeed.

Making a Difference

$14.5 million

Loaned Over Time

Over the last 50 years we have loaned $14,500,000 with $1,278,194 in the last year! 

2,000

Students Helped

We have provided interest free loans to 2,000 students, with more than 296 given in just this past year. 

99%

Repayment Rate

We are proud to have a consistent repayment rate for 10+ years.

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Success Story

Shaayna S.

Shaayna was accepted to college right as the 2007 financial crisis began. Her parents, both independent business owners, suddenly couldn’t make ends meet and didn’t have enough saved for college. Even with university scholarships, Work-Study, federal loans and a Parent Plus loan, Shaayna was unable to make ends meet. Luckily, she found out about JELF through BBYO.

Today as a Senior Manager at Price Waterhouse Cooper, she has been able to buy a house for her and her parents. Shaayna just got married and is now looking for ways to give back. She wants to help other women succeed and has started mentoring younger associates at her firm. “Thank goodness for JELF,” she said, “It’s such a great program.”

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