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Admissions 104: College Cash

College Life Guide cover1. Scholarships & Grants

The JVS Scholarship Fund of the Jewish Vocational Service Agencies offers scholarships (amounts vary) and interest-free loans.

The JCCs of North America Graduate Scholarship Program offers full-time students majoring in select subjects $10,000 so long as they agree to work for a JCC after graduation.

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America offers educational grants of $500–$1,000 to high school seniors who are direct descendants of members.

The United Jewish Federation Central Scholarship and Loan Referral Service (CSLRS) offers $1,000–$3,000 to select residents in the Pittsburgh area. www.central­

The Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) offers funds of up to $6,000 in California.

The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation offers scholarships of $360–$4,000 primarily to students from the Greater Dallas Metropolitan area.

The Jewish Social Service Agency of Metropolitan Washington offers scholarships and loans of $1,000–$6,500 to Jewish residents of metropolitan Washington, DC.

2. Lower Cost Loans

The Hebrew Loan Society offers interest-free loans of up to $7,500 per year. Eligibility varies regionally.

The Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF) provides need-based “last-dollar” loans to Jewish students from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

The Jewish Free Loan Association offers loans up to $2,500/year (up to $3,000/year for grad students) to residents of Southern California; loans for Israel Experience programs are also available.


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