We strongly encourage our students to take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn in Israel upon graduation. This is the perfect opportunity for your son to continue to develop as a ben-Torah, cultivate a love for Eretz Yisroel and Am Yisroel, and foster a life-long love of learning.
We work closely with our students and parents to ensure they have the information and support needed to navigate the school selection and admissions process.
Financing Your Year in Israel
For many students, one of the challenges to capitalizing on the gap year in Israel is scholarship availability. Below is a partial list of scholarship options and their websites, which are available in order to help defray the cost. In addition to these, many of the yeshivas themselves offer financial incentives and reductions in tuition.
Requirements: If you are applying to a MASA- affiliated program, and you are a first-year Israel study student, you are entitled to a MASA grant.
Requirements: There is an application on the website. Scholarship awarded to specific Yeshivas.
Amount: $400 in airfare
Requirements: Applicants must be involved with NCSY or TYA.
The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the memory of Alisa Flatow, a 20-year-old student studying in Israel murdered in a terrorist attack near the settlement of Kfar Darom on April 9, 1995. Alisa was in Israel to study her religion and to live among the Israeli people.
Requirements: The number of scholarships is quite limited and is awarded on a competitive basis. To qualify for a scholarship award, studies must be of a post-high school nature. Study can be in programs which earn college credits. (For instance, a student may attend a yeshiva and receive credits which may be applied to a degree program at a university.) In all cases, an approved institution must have a 501(c)3 tax-exempt status and must also have an American affiliate mailing address.
Amount: Awards are given based on a combined scholarship and need basis. The intention of the Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund is for it to be especially valuable to those students showing academic promise in their religious studies and the need for financial assistance to pursue study in Israel.
Loans and Grants
Requirements: If a student is enrolled in the Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Joint Israel Program or Touro College, any college-aid money the student is eligible to receive while enrolled in an accredited university is made available to that student during their year of study in Israel. These include FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This includes State Loans and Grants including Pell Grants and Stafford and Perkins Loans.
Applying and enrolling in the S. Daniel Abraham Joint Israel Program through Yeshiva University or Touro College qualifies the student for federal aid. Those students who attend Yeshiva University or Touro College, can receive a year of college credit by completing the year of study in Israel.
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