The following websites all provide helpful financial aid resources — providing additional options to JELF. This page is organized first by General College Aid & Opportunities, followed by local resources in FL, GA, NC, SC and VA.
General College Aid & Opportunities:
- The Sara and Max Goldsammler Scholarship Fund – Sponsored by OU Alumni, this scholarship is offered for ANY high school senior or current Jewish college student for college tuition.
- Department of Education – Offers information on federal assistance for students. Under “Publications,” you can download or order “The Student Guide” (free), which details each assistance program, how much it offers and who is eligible for it.
- Financial Management for College Students – chock full of useful tips and resources, including student planning forms, information about budgeting and more!
- FAFSA – official website for filling out the FAFSA form.
- Southern Regional Educational Board – org which administers the Academic Common Market, allowing a student to enroll in a program at an out-of-state university without paying out-of-state tuition if that program is not offered in the student’s home state university system. All 5 states served by JELF are members of the Academic Common market.
- FastWeb.com – Free financial aid search tool, including clear and concise instructions.
- FinAid.com – Comprehensive financial aid program, including glossary of financial aid terms, links to other sites and a listing of aid based on specific interests.
- Financial Aid Guide – Learn how to properly fill out the FAFSA, get loan counseling and learn about lesser known forms of educational funding.
- CollegeNet.com – Information about individual schools, financial aid and scholarship information. Also provides a search feature that allows you to search by state or major interests and includes links to colleges selected by the user.
- CollegeBoard.com – Focuses primarily on the College Board exams and includes financial aid information, with a financial aid calculator and scholarship search capabilities.
- Ways to Graduate From College Without Going Into Debt – includes 4 great ways to pay for college!
- Eda and Cliff Viner Community Scholars Foundation – The Viner Community Scholarship is a program that provides South Palm Beach County High School students with four year scholarships to colleges and universities in the State of Florida public educational system.
- Bright Scholarship Program – Contains information on financial aid programs including the Florida Bright Scholarship Program.
- Dept. of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance – Agency that administers Florida’s scholarship and grant programs.
- The Student Access Loan Program (SAL) – this is offered to eligible students attending an eligible USG (University System of Georgia), Private or TCSG (Technical College System of Georgia) postsecondary institution in Georgia. The SAL is a 1% fixed rate loan, designed to assist undergraduate and technical college students who have a gap in meeting their educational costs.
- Georgia Student Finance Commission (“Helping Students Plan, Apply and Pay for College”) – offers information on Georgia’s colleges and universities. Includes a complete listing of state and federal financial aid resources.
- Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) – Free service which administers a variety of scholarship and grant programs, including the HOPE scholarship. The GSFC also makes low-interest federal Stafford and PLUS loans to students and parents. GSFC is the only lender in Georgia providing service-cancelable loans to encourage students to train for careers in critical need areas such as teaching and health care.
- StudentAidFoundation.org – Atlanta-based foundation that provides loans to women who are residents of Georgia (attending school elsewhere) or students attending school in Georgia. Loans accrue no interest while a student is in school.
- JIFLA (Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta) – Provides interest-free loans to Jewish individuals in the metro-Atlanta area and surrounding communities. NOTE: JIFLA does not provide educational loans. Their goal is to assist Jews in maintaining or achieving financial stability.
- The Esther Bleich Scholarship (Atlanta area) – Established in 1978 by Dr. Jack K. Bleich in memory of his mother, this scholarship awards grants or loans to worthy and deserving members of the Atlanta Jewish community who are pursuing a college education. Applications may be obtained by contacting The Temple office at 404-873-1731. The deadline for submitting applications is March 31 of each year.
South Carolina Students:
- South Carolina Student Loan Corporation – Provides a comprehensive list of financial aid information, including links to loans, grants and scholarships, including South Carolina’s Life scholarship program.
- College Financial Aid Director – Provides links to state financial aid programs for SC residents.
North Carolina Students:
- College Foundation of North Carolina – Provides a free informational website that offers links to federal programs as well as the North Carolina EXTRA Education Loans.
- State Council of Higher Education – Provides information on paying for college and offers links to other financial aid resources. Be sure to check out the Scholarships & Grants Quicklist.
- Virginia Information Providers Network – Offers free financial aid information for state residents. Click on “Family and Education” and then “Education” to find financial aid information. There are also links to state and federal financial aid resources.