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Need money for school for the 2019-20 academic year?

Apply for an interest-free loan for higher education through JELF!

Applications for JELF’s interest-free loans for higher education (college, graduate school and vocational programs) are available to Jewish students in the Tidewater area for the 2019-2020 school year, in partnership with Jewish Family Service of Tidewater. JELF (Jewish Educational Loan Fund) grants need-based, “last dollar” financing, meaning that JELF provides the final dollars that bridge the gap between a student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school.  To qualify, applicants must be:
  • Enrolled full time in a program leading to a degree or certificate at a U.S. accredited institution,
  • A U.S. citizen or have lawful immigration status, and
  • Able to demonstrate financial need (2019 FAFSA application required).
In 2018, JELF granted $1,011,266 in interest-free last-dollar loans to 279 students across its five-state region. JELF is proud to serve students in the Tidewater Jewish community. For more information, visit or email
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