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Educational Loans and Grants (Scholarships)

Fulfilling our educational and vocational goals is one of life’s most important objectives. At JFCS, we annually help hundreds of Jewish students achieve these goals by providing them with loans and grants (scholarships).

Our loans and grants generally are used to offset the expenses of college, graduate or vocational school, professional programs, and other accredited programs.

Individuals may apply for financial aid up to $6,000 annually to defray their educational and vocational training costs. If you’re applying for the maximum amount, please be aware that substantial portions of most approved awards take the form of deferred-interest loans, usually offered at rates below the prime. Grants (scholarships) average between $1,000 and $1,500.

Are You Eligible?

Grants (Scholarships):

  • You are Jewish and have been a resident of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Santa Clara counties for at least one year prior to your application.

  • You can demonstrate financial need according to JFCS’ guidelines and have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • You have been accepted to or are enrolled in, a college, university, vocational school, or other accredited institution of higher learning.

  • You are in good academic standing, according to the guidelines of your school, with a minimum grade point average of 2.75.


  • You meet all of the criteria above for Grant and Scholarship Eligibility and
  • You are Jewish and have been a permanent resident of one of the five counties named above.

  • Though not a criterion, weight is given to all candidates who demonstrate a connection or commitment to the Jewish community.
  • Download and print application

Incoming and returning college students, attend a free workshop on filling out your FAFSA forms.  LEARN MORE HERE>


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JFCS Success Stories
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Ben Botts, an Honors Program attorney at the United States Department of Labor, is fulfilling his dream ... thanks to JFCS' educational loand and grant program. Read more.

The desire to make the world a better place—tikkun olam—runs deeply in the veins of Yolanda Anyon’s family. Read more.

Parisa Sayani, a young Jewish-Iranian woman, came to this country almost three years ago with hope and determination ... and little else. Read more.

Andrea Bouch-Dimondstein and Katia Savchuk speak passionately about JFCS' Educational Loans and Grant Program. Read more.


Michelle Lamphere; 415-449-1226;   


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