HELP

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.

Criteria

2017 HELP applications are now closed.

2018 HELP applications will open on June 1, 2018.