Has a JELF loan impacted your college experience? Help encourage others to participate by become a JELFie!
Repayer Request Form
Planned Giving Inquiry Form
Once this form is submitted our legacy team will be in touch to help you plan your next steps.
After a six month reprieve to get situated and find employment, recipients have eight (8) years to pay off their loan (although many pay off well before that time!).
JELF’s repayment scale is graduated, meaning that repayments start small and gradually increase over the eight-year period, helping to stay manageable throughout the time. Of course, JELF loans never accrue interest so whatever a student borrows to JELF is what they will pay back! We believe that our 99% repayment rate is the best measure of our success and appreciate each recipient’s diligent payback.
JELF’s repayment program is graduated, meaning that payments are smaller right out of school when income is likely to be at its smallest.
Years 1 and 2 – 5% of the total amount borrowed
Years 3 and 4 – 10% of the total amount borrowed
Years 5 and 6 – 15% of the total amount borrowed
Years 7 and 8 – 20% of the total amount borrowed
All repayers are welcome to accelerate repayment as much as they would like. By paying back early, JELF can help even more students in need. There is no penalty for paying off a loan early.
Borrowers can easily set up monthly payments to JELF from their banks through ACH, which allows funds to move from one bank account to other through a central clearing house.
JELF does not accept credit cards for student repayments (we’d lose a percentage — don’t charge any interest to begin with!). Further, payment by credit card would essentially turn a student’s non-interest bearing debt into interest-bearing debt.
Yes, sometimes individuals want to help a borrower by repaying all or some of their loan! Setting up a one-time ACH payment will allow an individual to make a gift towards a borrower’s balance. A one-time payment towards repayment can also be made anonymously.
A celebration of course!
The recipient will receive their final promissory note stamped “Paid in Full” and will then join the ranks of JELF’s Alumni!
Eventually JELF hopes former borrowers will also join JELF’s “Full Circle Society,” a giving society of individuals who, like them, received JELF loans, paid them off in full – and are now in a position to give back to JELF, helping future generations.