Educational Loans & Grants
JFCS helps hundreds of Jewish students every year achieve their educational and vocational goals by providing them with loans and grants. This assistance is intended to offset the expense of college, graduate or vocational school, and other accredited programs.
Eligible undergraduate and graduate students may apply for financial aid annually to defray their educational and vocational training costs. All qualified students will be considered for both loans and grants. Our grants range from $500 to $3,000, and our subsidized loans range from $1,000 to $10,000 with low interest rates and favorable repayment terms.
“Your generous gift gives me the opportunity to focus my time on academics and extracurriculars, rather than stress over seeking additional sources to help pay for my education, and for that, I am forever grateful … One day, I, too, will help others, as you have helped me during a time of need.”
To qualify for one of our loans and grants, students must fulfill the following requirements:
- Identify as Jewish and show meaningful involvement with the community
- Be a permanent resident of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Northern Santa Clara Counties
- Have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have demonstrated financial need
- Be in good academic standing, with a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA
When Can I Apply?
- After you have been accepted at an accredited state college, university, or vocational training program
- After you have received your financial aid award from your given school
The application for the 2024 – 25 school year will be available here on May 1, 2024.
College Readiness Series Workshops
For parents and high school students, JFCS will be offering part 1 of our College Readiness Series Workshops, “Cash for College—Learn about the new FAFSA and more!” on January 11 and 18, 2024. Download a flyer.
To learn about our College Financial Consultation Services, please contact Michelle Lamphere, Director of JFCS’ Financial Aid Center, at (415) 449-1226.
JFCS’ scholarship program is provided by generous individual support, foundation grants, and named endowment funds. If interested in contributing, please call Barbara Farber at 415-449-3858 or email: [email protected]