Educational Opportunities for Jewish Students

cap and gownJCS Makes Loans Available for Social Work Students

Jewish students pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work from any accredited educational institution in Miami-Dade County can apply for a low-interest loan from Jewish Community Services (JCS) thanks to a generous donation by the Strassman-Frank Fund. The loan program can be used for tuition or to purchase educational materials, and has a low fixed interest rate of 3%.

The Strassman-Frank Fund was created by a bequest received from the Frank family and has been in existence for over two decades. Over the years, the fund has contributed to the academic success of dozens of students seeking an MSW degree.

For more information, please contact Robin Feder at 305.403.6582 or

JELF Applications for Interest-Free Educational Loans Available March 1

Applications for interest-free loans for post-secondary education (college, graduate school and vocational programs) will be available to Jewish students in the Miami-Dade area for the 2013-2014 school year from the Jewish Educational Loan Fund, in partnership with Jewish Community Services of South Florida.  The loan application will be available March 1 – April 30 on JELF’s website at

JELF loans are need-based and offer “last-dollar” financing, meaning that JELF provides the final dollars that bridge the gap between a student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school.  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, contact Laurie Turner at 305.271.9000 ext. 266 or


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