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2 college loan programs available through Gulf Coast

For those seeking funds for college, help may be available through two loan programs administered by Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services.

The Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF) grants interest-free loans to Jewish students from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for post-secondary study at accredited institutions. These loans can be used for study at a college or university, graduate school or professional/vocational school that leads to a degree or certificate. The JELF application is available online March 1 at The online application and interview with the local JELF Administrator must be submitted by April 30th. Final documentation is due June 15, and loans are awarded for the 2014/2015 school year (beginning in the fall). There is also an application period in September for spring and/or summer semester assistance.

Gulf Coast is the local JELF administrator for Pinellas and Pasco counties. The agency can assist students with the application and will conduct the local interview. These loans are need-based and offer “lastdollar” financing, meaning that each loan provides the final dollars that bridge the gap between a student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school. They are interest-free and no payments are required until after the student leaves school.

Another program, the Trockey Loan Fund, is available only to Jewish students from Pinellas County. This loan is also need-based and “last-dollar” financing. For example, students have used these small loans to help pay for books or other consumable supplies after other resources are used for tuition and living expenses. Loans are granted on an annual basis and a new application is required each year. Gulf Coast JFCS administers this loan fund and applications are available through the agency. These loans are not time based, and can be applied for at any time.

For both loans, applicants must be enrolled full-time in a program leading to a degree or certificate at an accredited institution that is located in the United States, be a U.S. citizen or have lawful immigration status in the U.S., and be able to demonstrate financial need (FAFSA application required). For more information about either loan program, contact Gail Osnos at 727- 479-1806 or

Support for these loan programs is always welcome. Those who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Trockey Loan Fund should contact Stuart Berger at Gulf Coast JFCS at (727) 479-1800. For contributions to JELF, refer to the JELF website at

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