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JELF grants interest-free loans to Jewish students in need for higher education.
JELF's mission is to grant interest-free, last dollar loans for higher education to Jewish students in need. What makes JELF different than the government or a bank? Simply put, we have a personalized lending model and we don't charge interest on our loans! Since 1961, JELF has granted over $10 million to 4,000+ students. JELF's 5-state region includes Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Higher education includes college, graduate school and degree-granting vocational programs of study. We are proud to boast a 99% repayment rate. JELF strongly believes that money should not stand between a student and the education that he or she needs to excel in life. Without a higher education - at minimum, an undergraduate degree or vocational training - the doors to many of life's opportunities slam shut. The loans granted by JELF ensure that Jewish students have the potential to fulfill their educational goals. We are proud that so many of our loan recipients not only become JELF donors, but also vital members of their Jewish communities - in turn, helping future Jewish students in need.