Through generous grants and no-interest loans, JCRS College Aid helps financially challenged students get one step closer to a cap and gown – and therefore one step closer to financial stability and self-sufficiency.
Please read all information and application requirements carefully. You will receive a confirmation email from JCRS within two weeks of submitting your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact Lisa Tabb at Lisa@JCRS.org.
In order to be considered, each applicant must meet and agree with the following criteria:
- Be a Jewish student residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee or TexasBe a permanent resident of the United States
- Attend college/training program in the United States (We do not fund programs in Israel)
- Be a United States citizen – refugees, who are not naturalized citizens may be considered on a case by case basis
- The completed application must be received no later than May 31 for the upcoming school year
Student applicants are selected by a Committee of the JCRS and decisions are based on financial need. The Committee will review each applicant’s career plan, financial resources, and anticipated expenses in reaching its decisions. Students who work and have income which can be applied toward their college expenses are viewed more favorably than those who are not involved in helping to meet their expenses.
The committee expects or views more favorably those students who make cost effective decisions and have a sustainable financial plan when choosing schools for their career path.
The JCRS College Aid Program is directed primarily to undergraduate college students who are under the age of 25 when they begin the term for which assistance is being sought. Because of limited funds, graduate students can be considered for assistance only after all undergraduate applications have been reviewed.
How to Apply
Have These Documents Ready to Upload:
- 2016 Federal Tax Return for Parents, complete with all forms and schedules
- 2016 Federal Tax Return for Applicant, if applicableMake sure the tax returns are PDF files (and not a Turbo Tax .Tax2012 file)
- All W2 and/or 1099 forms for both parents and applicant
- 2017-18 Financial Aid Letter from college
If these documents are not already computer files, you must scan them. Make sure to review the scanning instructions for your particular scanner. All pages of your tax return must be sent as a single PDF document. Both sides of your W2(s) must be sent as a single PDF document.
Things to Remember:
- You do not have to complete the application at one time. You have 30 days to complete the application. Your application will be disappear after 30 days.
- You will have 30 days to return and finish filling out the form, after which time their data will be lost. This timer is reset every time you re-save the form. Once a Save and Resume link is made to finish the form and you click ‘Submit’, then the link will no longer be active.
- You will still need to upload the required documents. Therefore, have them handy before starting the application.
If you received a JCRS for the 2016-17 school year, you may complete a Returning College Student Application.
Otherwise, you must complete a New College Student Application.
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Tabb
(504) 828-6334 Lisa@JCRS.org
If you are from the Houston area, please contact Melanie Musser
(832) 767-9097 Melanie@JCRS.org