Educational Loans & Grants
Fulfilling our educational and vocational goals is one of life’s most empowering and impactful 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.
Eligible undergraduate & graduate students may apply for financial aid annually to defray their educational and vocational training costs. All qualified students will be considered for a JFCS loan and grants (we do not offer grant-only applications).
- Our Undergraduate need-based grants range from $500 –$3,000.
- Our limited graduate need-based grants range from $500 – $1,000.
- Our undergraduate subsidized loan awards range from $1,000 – $6,000 at a fixed 4.99% interest rate with favorable repayment terms.
- Our graduate subsidized loan awards range from $1,000 – $10,000:
- Option 1: Traditional GRAD Loans at a fixed 6.54% interest rate and repayments begins 9 months after completing one’s graduate/professional degree.
- Option 2: 0% No-interest GRAD Loans at 0% interest rate and a 12-month grace period.
To qualify for one of our Loans and Grants, students must fulfill the following requirements for the 2022 – 2023 school year:
- Identify as Jewish and show meaningful involvement with the community
- You and your family are legal and permanent* residents in one of the following five counties we serve: Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Northern Santa Clara.
*for a minimum of two years prior to submitting your application.
- Submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and can demonstrate financial need.
- Currently in good academic standing, with a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA
- Have a parent, or other qualified individual who can guarantee your loan request.
When Can I apply?
- After you have been accepted, or have re-enrolled at an accredited: state college, university, or vocational training program.
- After you have received your financial aid award from your given school.
How Do I apply?
- Apply online (see below)
- JFCS Loans and Grants application for the 2022 – 23 school year is no longer available.
- Our 2023 – 24 school year application will be available on Monday, May 1, 2023.
PLEASE NOTE; All submitted Loans and Grants applications will be considered only if the given student shows financial need. All qualified applicants will be reviewed for a possible grant and loan award.
Join us for our online JFCS College Readiness Series Workshops in 2022 – 23:
- Free College Readiness Series I Workshops—Cash for College (mid October 2022)
- How to complete The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—college financial aid application for federal aid
- Learn about The College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS Profile)—college financial aid application for private schools
- What families should do after submitting their financial aid applications
- Encourage ALL high school students (9th – 12th grade) to start saving for college—Tips to find the best scholarships for YOUR teen
- Free College Readiness Series II Workshops—Finding & Saving Money for College (early January 2023)
- How can parents find other income sources for college?
- What can students do now to save for college?
- What families should do before all the college acceptances arrive?
- Actions to take when a teen’s chosen college is a financial challenge.
- How to complete a college Financial Aid Appeal
To learn more about upcoming workshops, or college loans and grants, contact Michelle Lamphere, Director of JFCS’ Financial Aid Center at (415) 449-1226
Partial funding for the 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].