There are four ways to help pay for your year in Israel:
Scholarships via Joint Israel Programs/FAFSA
Yeshiva University, Touro University and Hebrew Theological College all have Joint Israel Programs. As such students are able to use their year in Israel as a freshman year at any of these institutions and are eligible for the same financial aid (grants and/or loans) from the State and Federal government as any other university student.
To apply for a Joint Program and for the aid option, students must
- Apply and be accepted to a recognized program in Israel (Each college has their own list of recognized Israel programs).
- Apply and be accepted to the college with a joint program.
- Apply to the joint program
- Concurrently, parents must file the necessary FAFSA documents (these document normally require a tax return to have also been filed)
In addition, students enrolled in these joint programs will receive college credit that will can be used at the university (and if a student chooses to attend a different university, may be used for credit). Please visit the university websites to obtain more details about these programs, including costs and any other requirements.
Scholarships specifically for Israel study
A number of instutions and organizations offer scholarships for a year study in Israel. The ICJA website maintains an up-to-date list of these opportunities. At present, the following are the scholarships to consider:
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, High School Financial Need-Based – CCIP High School Scholarship Program & application. Deadline: March 1st.
ATT Scholarships, Deadline: January 15.
Adina Weiner Memorial Foundation, Deadline: May 30.
Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship, Deadline: February 12th.
Joseph Masliansky Memorial Scholarship of ICJA, Deadline: February 28th.
Chicago Rabbinical Council: the Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwawrtz, shlita, Torah Essay Contest, Deadline: April 30.
NCSY – contact your advisor
Torah LeTzion *website is currently down* — Deadline February 27
Jeff Seidel Airfare Scholarship
The Jewish Agency offers all students attending Zionist programs in Israel at least a $1,000 scholarship for the year study. (Additional amounts are available on a need-basis.) This scholarship can be applied for once a student is accepted to a program in Israel.
Program based Scholarships
Some Israel programs offered their own scholarships – please check with the school you are applying to for more information.
For more information, contact your Israel program guidance counselor.