Jelfies David S.

University of Georgia

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From an early age, David’s father struggled with an addiction that eventually took his life. His single mother did what she could to raise three children on her own but just didn’t have the money for college. It was a huge stress for David to come up with ways to pay for his education, so David felt relieved when he received a JELF loan. David was able to go to the University of Georgia, and subsequently earn his degree and become a successful businessman.

David now owns two businesses and he and his wife are educating three children of their own. After he paid his JELF loan off, he felt such a sense of pride that he continued to support the organization as a donor.

Today, David participates in JELF’s loan reviews, assists with marketing efforts, and is proud to be a donor. “It’s now my turn to give back to the hundreds of students JELF helps each year,” he says.

JELF Success Stories

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

College is hard enough without the burden of student loan debt.

College is getting more expensive

The average cost of college in the United States is $35K a year. This cost is only going to continue to grow.

Income rarely matches the cost.

31% of Jewish families have a household income of under $50K. The Jewish community is not immune to debt or hardship.

Average student loan debt is $30K

That's a problem! With student loan debt at an all time high, JELF is here to help!