Higher Education Loan Partners for Pastors is a program through the Iowa United Methodist Foundation to HELP Pastors by offering a low interest rate to refinance the student loan debt they acquired while attending seminary.
Please refer to the HELP description document for details and criteria. Core Criteria for Loan Consideration:
- Ordained elders and deacons who are members of and serving the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for at least 3 years will have top priority, but those with at least 1 year of service will be considered.
- Local pastors who have completed the course of study and are serving full-time in the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for at least 2 years.
- Loan recipients must enroll in or have completed the IUMF’s financial education certification course for faith leaders.
- Plans to actively serve in the Iowa Conference for the length of the loan.
2017 HELP applications are now closed.
2018 HELP applications will open on June 1, 2018.