JELF by the Numbers

the college need is real

education,,graduation,and,people,concept, ,group,of,happy,international

Over time, JELF has loaned

to over 2,296 students.


Loaned in 2020 to


Higher Education Students


Total JELF Recipients


Total Individual Loans

as each jelf loan is repaid, more students can be funded.

Each loan JELF makes represents a student and a story. JELF has played a part in helping over 2,296 students by providing interest-free, last dollar loans. We refer to our recipients as JELFies. You can read and watch some of their stories here.

Since 1889


In 1889, JELF began as the Hebrew Orphans' Home in Atlanta, the oldest continually operating non-profit in the state of Georgia.

27 Partner Agencies


JELF partners with Jewish agencies across five states allowing us to really personalize the loan process. 

bringing it full circle

JELF has maintained a 99% repayment rate for over 11 years! We continue to add more JELFies to our Full Circle Society each year - those who have received a JELF loan and now give back themselves.

  • Repayment rate for over 11 years

  • Recipients who are active in the Jewish community

  • Alumni Giving Increase in the past 3 years!


Many JELF loan recipients not only become JELF donors, but also vital members of the JELF community – in turn, helping future Jewish students in need

$694K repaid last year. This is one of the main ways our fund for new loans is replenished.

25% of current JELF Board members are former recipients themselves or have a close family member who was a JELF recipient!

73 volunteers from around JELF's five-state region personally reviewed 2020 loan applications.

As always, 100% interest-free!


This year the generosity of our donors just like you helped 394 achieve their educational goals. 

Need College Money

JELF provides funds for Jewish students from different communities and backgrounds. Find out if you qualify!

Scroll to Top