Student Debt Relief Pilot

Addressing Unmet Needs

Repaying Student Debt for Educators at Jewish Organizations

The Student Debt Relief pilot was launched by the Federation in 2017, in partnership with Bob Tandler and Valli Benesch, to repay student loans for employees as a strategy to enhance employee recruitment and retention.

Modeled after for-profit company benefits, this three-year pilot allows educators working a minimum of 20 hours per week teaching at select Bay Area Jewish institutions (listed below) to receive a monthly payment toward their student loans. 

The pilot invited partner employers and is administered by the Federation and Gradifi, a subsidiary of First Republic Bank.

For Partner Employers

Onboarding eligible employees for this employee benefit is easy when participating partners complete these steps:

  1. Determine employee eligibility at your organization. Refer to the JCF Employer Onboarding Guide.
  2. Choose whether you want to offer the fixed or stepped benefit
    Program Stepped by Year 
    Program Fixed $100 Constant
  3. Promote the program to eligible employees.
    Gradifi Marketing Toolkit
  4. Employees should complete enrollment in one of three cycles.
  • January 1
  • April 1
  • September 1

5. Once invited into the Pilot, the Federation will send program administrators a link to complete a grant application. Grants are disbursed once Gradifi confirms that employees are enrolled.  

Eligibility Requirements For Educators at Jewish Organizations

Educators at participating Jewish organizations who work a minimum of 20 hours per week teaching and have student debt may be eligible for this program. Please check with your organization’s benefits administrator about specific eligibility requirements.

Participating organizations include:

Brandeis Marin
Congregation Beth Sholom
Congregation Emanu-El
Congregation Rodef Sholom
Congregation Sherith Israel
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
Jewish Community High School of the Bay

Kehillah Jewish High School
Osher Marin JCC
Oshman Family JCC
Peninsula Sinai Congregation
Peninsula Temple Beth El
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School
The Brandeis School of San Francisco

For more information on participating, contact Jeanne Miller.

For more information, please contact:
Jeanne Miller
Director, Business Leadership Council and Donor Acquisition
415.512.6423