Student Authority Tuition Benefits

Israeli universities are internationally recognized and two are even ranked in the top 100 universities in the world. Attending university in Israel is a great way to get your foot in the door, make Israeli contacts within your field, and acquire essential Hebrew skills. A degree from an Israeli institution provides the experience that can make a significant difference in your academic future, as well as your professional career.

The university system in Israel can be very accommodating to new Olim. Hebrew lectures often include English readings. Advanced Ulpan is available, and several universities and colleges offer MA programs in English. Professors, while they are not required too, will frequently allow Oleh students to answer exams and write papers in English.

As an Oleh Chadash, you may be entitled to a subsidized higher education through the Student Authority as a part of your benefits package from the Israeli government for making Aliyah.

Period of eligibility:
Students must begin their studies* within 36 months of making Aliyah, not counting army or national service. The period is determined by the date the student began their studies even if they were not funded by the Student Authority. In addition to the requirement of starting studies within 36 months of Aliyah, there are age restrictions on the benefit as well.

Age:
Students must begin their studies before their 23rd birthday for Mechina.

Students must begin studies for an undergraduate degree, practical engineering program and certificate studies before the age of 27.

Students must begin their studies for graduate degrees, certificated for undergraduates and re-training programs before the age of 30.

Note: If you are no longer eligible for the Mechina as a new immigrant and have served in the IDF, you might be eligible for a tuition grant from the army. See here for more details.

Note: Programs offered in English are semi-private and therefore are not fully covered by the Student Authority (as with the Israeli programs). Tuition ranges from $6,000 – $25,000, depending on the program. If the program is recognized by the Student Authority, they will pay the equivalent of Israeli tuition (approx. $3,000 a year).

Amount of assistance:
Tuition grants to cover the standard number of years per degree:

  • B.A.\B.Sc. = 3 year and 4 year programs
  • B.Ed. or BSc in engineering or nursing = 4 years
  • Architecture\Medicine = 5 years
  • M.A.\M.Sc.  = 2 years.
    * It can be up to 3 years if a year of supplementary courses are necessary
  • Mechina
    • Assistance for Mechina is given in addition to assistance for regular studies. Mechina is ONLY funded for students obligated by the university to do the Mechina.

The Student Authority pays UP TO standard state tuition fees:

  • Undergraduate = about 10,200 NIS per year
  • Graduate = about 13,800 NIS per year
  • University Preparatory Program (Mechinat Olim) = about 17,800 NIS per year
  • TAKA

Reimbursement:
Universities (except for BIU and Ariel) –
 The Student Authority reimburses students directly after they have submitted proof of payment and other relevant forms to the Student Authority.

Colleges (including BIU and Ariel) – Student Authority pays the college directly after the student has been approved for tuition assistance.

Mechina Programs – Student Authority pays the university directly after the student has been approved for tuition assistance.

Please note: English language programs are not fully covered by the Student Authority. Tuition ranges from $6,000-$25,000. Click here for a complete list of higher education institutions that are recognized by the Student Authority.

The following private colleges are not fully covered by Student Authority benefits. Tuition ranges from $6,000-$8,000 per year.

  1. IDC – Herzliya
  2. Kiryat Ono College – Kiryat Ono
  3. Netanya Academic College – Netanya
  4. Peres Academic Center – Rehovot
  5. College of Management – Rishon Le’Tzion
  6. Carmel Academic Center – Haifa
  7. Lander College – Jerusalem
  8. Schechter Institute – Jerusalem
  9. College of Law and Business – Ramat Gan

The Student Authority does NOT fund:

  • Dormitories or living expenses
  • Repeating an undergraduate degree – with exception of studying law, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
  • Registration fees, psychometric & other entrance exams, social services, health insurance, campus security etc.
  • Hebrew language studies during academic studies
  • University summer Ulpan

Community Service/Volunteering

Shahak (community volunteer service) is a program for student Olim who are receiving tuition benefits from the Student Authority. By volunteering in a communal organization of their choice, students receive the remaining 50% of their tuition funding in their third year of studies. Students that continue on to 4th and/or 5th year of study must complete 120 hours of volunteer service per year to continue receiving Student Authority funding.
Currently, the student has to complete 120 hours over the course of the year*.

By participating in this program, Olim have the chance to engage in communal service and to integrate into Israeli society.
Shahak offers a wide range of programs, including working at community centers (Matnasim), hospitals, old age homes, emergency centers, schools, etc.

*Bear in mind that the timeline of the volunteer service goes according to the standard school year.

  • Students who receive any other Government grant will not be able to receive the Student Authority grant during the same academic year (such as the army grant).
  • Students who receive funding for a course from the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration will receive 50% less assistance during their first year of studies.
  • Students who took a break of 3 years or over between their last studies and their current studies are required to provide an Official Declaration that they do not already have the same degree.
    This ‘Hatzharah’ (official declaration) can be done for a minimal fee at the local courts.
    An appointment is not needed, rather one can just show up at the court during office hours. Click here for locations and hours. You can also get the ‘Hatzarah’ from a lawyer, but it is much more expensive.
  • Students must study consecutively, and are entitled to a one year break during their studies, two years on completion of Mechina or Taka.

For NEW students, the deadlines to request assistance each year are as follows:

  • First Semester: November 10
  • Second Semester: June 15
  • Summer Semester: August 15

For CONTINUING students, the deadlines to request assistance each year are as follows:

  • First Semester: October 1
  • Second Semester: June 15
  • Summer Semester: August 15

For detailed information about the process, please click here.

If you are already in Israel, to apply for assistance from the Students Authority, you need to provide the following documents:

  1. Teudat Oleh and Teudat Zehut
  2. Original high school diploma & transcripts OR original degree & university transcripts (students who have not completed a degree need to present their high school diploma)
  3. Certificates or permits from any additional studies (such as Ulpan or Mechina)
  4. Record of army or national service, or exemption certificate
  5. Letter of acceptance to an institution in Israel
  6. Copy of standing order to the institution, signed by the bank (for students studying at universities)
  7. Students who took a break of 3 years or over between their last studies and their current studies are required to provide an Official Declaration that they do not already have the same degree (unless they studied Physiotherapy, Law, Medicine or Occupational Therapy).
    This ‘Hatzharah’ (official declaration) can be done for a minimal fee at the local courts.
    An appointment is not needed, rather one can just show up at the court during office hours. See link for locations and hours: (http://elyon1.court.gov.il/heb/cv/fe_html_out/courts/details/shalom.htm).
    You can also get the ‘Hatzarah’ from a lawyer but it is much more expensive.

The student must get a password from his/her local Misrad Haklita. The application must be submitted online, as there is no longer an in-person option. After the file is uploaded, the student needs to go into the office in person to present the above documentation.  Click here for the online application page.
In order to open an online file with Minhal Hastudentim, click here.

Important: If 3 or more years have passed since you completed your BA degree, you are required to sign a declaration form at the Ministry of Absorption stating that you have not earned an additional degree.

To apply for assistance from the Students Authority from outside of Israel, please write to: aceng@moia.gov.il

Students applying to the pre-Aliyah desk from abroad need to fill out the application form (found here) and add copies of the documentation of previous studies. The originals will be requested once you are in Israel. You will need to present all other documents that are required, after you arrive in Israel at the regional office nearest to your institution of further study:

Jerusalem
15 Hillel Street
Tel: 02-621-4538/39/42/43/48
Fax: 02-623-2058
Email: jrstudents@moia.gov.il

Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 08:00-13:00
Monday & Wednesday: 15:00-18:00
Tuesday: Closed

Tel Aviv
6 Esther Hamalka Street
Tel: 03-520-9181/79/87/84
Fax: 03-527-0262
Email: tastudents@moia.gov.il

Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 08:00-13:00
Tuesday: Closed
Monday and Wednesday: 15:00-17:00

Haifa
15 Pal-Yam Blvd.
Tel: 04-863-1141/49/40/48
Fax: 04-863-1161
Email: hastudents@moia.gov.il

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday, 08:00-13:00

Be’er Sheva
31 Shazar Street, Beit Oshira
Tel: 08-626-1230/1129/1130
English speakers: 08-626-1286
Fax: 08-6261219
Email: bsstudents@moia.gov.il

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday, 08:00-13:00
Tuesday: Closed
Monday and Wednesday: 15:00-18:00