Yael is a young woman who has completed degrees in social work and law. She is now working in public interest law, very necessary work but not high paying. She got into some financial difficulty as she was trying to complete her degrees. She needed some money, a few thousand dollars, twice as she completed her education at the University of Texas.
The first loan helped her pay living expenses in the summer when she was not getting financial aid and was doing an unpaid internship for course credit. Yael did not have enough money to give her complete attention to her course work as she neared the final requirements. The money was for things like rent, groceries and similar expenses. The second loan was needed after she completed law school and was facing a summer of intense study for the bar exam with no money coming in.
Yael, like many students across the country, has student loans in the low six figures. The Hebrew Free Loan Association was the only place she could go to for small amounts of money. She was grateful for HFLA’s help, the ease of the experience, and the willingness of HFLA to allow her to skip one payment in her plan when she found herself in temporary difficulty.
Today Yael is a young attorney practicing Legal Aid civil law. Her income is modest, but she feels strongly about the work she does. She might represent a special needs student who is not receiving the proper help in school. She might also be representing a student facing disciplinary placement remain in his or her general education classrooms.
Her HFLA loans repaid, Yael looks forward to the day when she can become an HFLA donor.
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