In total, Israel has 61 higher education institutions, with 9 universities and 52 colleges throughout the country. As an Oleh Chadash, you may be entitled to free higher education through the Student Authority as a part of your benefits package from the Israeli government.
The Student Authority which operates through the Ministry of Absorption and Integration, aims to make it easier for young Olim to get an academic degree in Israel. The Student Authority’s services include educational guidance and counseling, preparation programs (Mechinat Olim and TAKA), information on educational options, and financial aid in the form of scholarships and loans for eligible students.
If you are seeking a maintenance scholarship in addition to the Tuition subsidy, check out the Wanda and Carl Lehar Maintenance Scholarship for Olim students.
For more information and general inquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
First year students, please note: In order to receive the tuition benefit for 2020-2021, you must open your student file by Nov. 10, 2020.
Period of eligibility:
Students must begin their studies within 36 months of making Aliyah, not counting army, national service or MASA programs. 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.
Students must begin their studies before their 23rd birthday for Mechinat Olim.
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.
Students interested in a TAKA program, must begin before the age of 30.
Note: If you are no longer eligible for the Mechinat Olim as a new immigrant and have served in the IDF or national service, you might be eligible for a tuition grant from the Ministry of Defense. See here for more details (Hebrew).
Note: Programs offered in English may be semi-private in which case they 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
- ArchitectureMedicine = 5 years
- M.A.M.Sc. = 2 years.
* It can be up to 3 years if a year of supplementary courses are necessary
- Mechinat Olim
- Assistance for Mechinat Olim is given in addition to assistance for regular studies. Mechinat Olim is funded for students obligated by the university to do the Mechinat Olim. In order to check your eligibility for funding, contact the Student Authority.
The Student Authority pays UP TO standard state tuition fees:
- Undergraduate = approximately 10,200 NIS per year
- Graduate = approximately 13,800 NIS per year
- University Preparatory Program (Mechinat Olim) = approximately 17,800 NIS per year
- TAKA (including YAEL tests and preparations)
Universities – The Student Authority reimburses students directly after they have submitted proof of payment and other relevant forms to the Student Authority.
Colleges – Student Authority pays the college directly after the student has been approved for tuition assistance.
Mechinat Programs – Student Authority pays the university directly after the student has been approved for tuition assistance.
One Year Masters Programs – Someone studying in a one-year MA program is eligible for up to 200% in funding (even though they fund 14,000 per year, one-year MA students are entitled to approximately 28,000). *See page 7 here.
Hebrew Language Studies – The Student Authority will fund up to 3,400¬ for required language studies (Hebrew or English).
In order to receive assistance from the Student Authority, the applicant must have a basic knowledge of the Hebrew and pass a YAEL test.
You must present a certificate of completion of Hebrew Ulpan even if you will be studying in English, in order to be eligible for the Student Authority assistance.
For all colleges and universities, deposits will be paid by the individual and then reimbursed by the Student Authority. The reimbursement will not include the registration fee and security fees.
Please note: English language programs are not necessarily 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 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.
- University or College registration fee
- Security fees
Shahak (community volunteer service) is a program for student Olim who are receiving tuition benefits from the Student Authority. By participating in this program, Olim students have the chance to engage in communal service and to integrate into Israeli society.
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 additional volunteering hours, for more information, reach out to your regional Student Authority representative.
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.
For more information, click here.
- 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). However, you may be able to receive other scholarships that are not governmental.
- Students must study consecutively, and are entitled to a one year break during their studies, two years on completion of Mechinat Olim or Taka.
For NEW students, the deadlines to file and present documents are as follows:
- First Semester: November 10
- Second Semester: April 1
- Summer Semester: August 15
For CONTINUING students, the deadlines to request assistance each year are as follows:
- First Semester: October 1
- Second Semester: April 1
- Summer Semester: August 15
For detailed information about the process, please click here.
Before making Aliyah, please fill out this form in order to open a preliminary file.
We recommend opening a file as early as possible prior to your Aliyah.
For additional information:
Pre-Aliyah Services| English Desk| Israel Student Authority| Ministry of Aliyah and Integration
Please note: The Student Authority response time is approximately 2 weeks.
To apply for assistance from the Student Authority, you need to provide the following documents:
- Teudat Oleh and Teudat Zehut
- For those entering undergraduate studies: original high school diploma & transcripts. For those entering graduate studies: original degree & university transcripts
- Certificates or permits from any additional studies (such as Ulpan, Mechinat Olim or Naale)
- Record of army or national service, or exemption certificate (when relevant)
- Letter of acceptance to an institution in Israel
- For students studying at universities, you will provide an Academic Financial Balance payment receipt (אישור גובה שכר לימוד) and your bank account information (via a letter from the bank or a cancelled check)
The steps to requesting assistance are:
- Visit your local branch of Misrad Haklita and request a password to open an account (“tik”)
- Upload the requested documents to your personal page
- Present the originals to the Student Authority (no appointment necessary)
- Click here to login to the application page and upload documents.
Instructions for uploading documents:
- Clear your browser cache before beginning (Use the shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+Del for the option of deleting the cache).
- Documents can be in the following formats: tiff, jpg, png, pdf, docx, doc.
- Do not change the endings of the documents (.pdf, .doc, etc). Documents can be up to 3 MB.
- You must wait for each document to fully load before continuing, including if you need to delete the document.
In order to open an online file with Minhal Hastudentim, click here.
For those with questions about eligibility or study options in Israel, you can contact the Student Authority pre-Aliyah by following this link
For office hours and locations, click here.
Last Updated: January 1st, 2020!