In keeping with the State of Israel's ideological perspective of encouraging aliyah in general, and that of young immigrant academics in particular, new-immigrant students can receive assistance regardless of their socio-economic condition.
- Absorption Status
one of the following categories:
- New immigrant/ child of immigrants
- Returning minor
- Immigrant citizen
As defined by the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration.
- The Period of Eligibility
- Students must begin their studies within 36 months of receiving new immigrant status. This period does not include military/national service, and up to one year in the career army.
- Students must complete studies within 10 years of their date of aliyah.
- Graduates of Na'aleh who change status within 12 months from the date of completion of the program can receive assistance only if no more than 36 months have passed from the date of change of status to new immigrant, or from the date of completion of the program (whichever date is later) and up to the commencement of higher-education studies. This period does not include military/National service and up to one year of the career army.
- Period of stay in Israel - Tourist Status
A student with tourist status whose length of stay in Israel, for a consecutive or cumultaive period, is:
- Up to 3 years - is eligible for regular and full assistance from the Student Authority, provided the student becomes a new immigrant within 3 years (cumulative).
- An individual with tourist status who resides in Israel for 3-5 years – is eligible for financial assistance for one academic year, provided they become a new immigrant in accordance with fundamental regulations for assistance.
- 5 years and above – is not eligible for assistance from the Student Authority.
- Maximum Age for Receiving Assistance
The determining age for receipt of assistance from the Student Authority (age when commencing studies):
- Commencing a preparatory program (mechina) – up to age 23.
- Commencing undergraduate/practical engineering/certificate studies – up to age 27.
- Commencing a graduate degree/career retraining for students an undergraduate degree – up to age 30.
- For students who wish to study in TAKA, the determining age is determined according to the study track for which they are candidates as detailed above.
- Students must present a high school diploma, high school completion certificate recognized abroad, or a completion certificate from a recognized preparatory program (mechina) in Israel.
- Assistance for the new immigrant mechina- students with a matriculation certificate/high-school diploma from abroad that is recognized but not equivalent, and that enables acceptance to higher education in the country of origin, and only on condition that the university in which the student wishes to study requires the completion of the immigrant mechina as a prerequisite for registering for a first degree.
- In situations in which students have a recognized, equivalent diploma, and are required by the university in which they wish to study to complete an immigrant mechina as a condition of registration for a first degree, it is necessary to obtain authorization from the head of the Student Authority.
- Immigrant students who studied in an immigrant mechina with the assistance of the Student Authority are not eligible for studies in a TAKA program.
- Students who request assistance for studies for a master's degree are required to present the degree they received at the conclusion of their previous studies.
- Students who are accepted for studies on a "conditional" status receive assistance upon completion of the condition as defined by the educational institution. Students with a first degree from overseas or Israel, are not eligible for assistance for an additional first degree, with the exception of immigrant students from countries that require a pre-first degree for the degree for which the student is registered in Israel. Students with a master's degree from overseas can be eligible for assistance for scholarships for another master's degree, retraining studies, or post-degree studies in Israel, if the Exceptions Committee authorizes assistance, in order to enable integration into employment at a more appropriate professional level.
- Immigrant students who studied for a diploma in Israel, including practical engineers, technicians, senior qualified teachers, non-academic nurses, or any other diploma studies, and who did not receive any assistance from the Student Authority, can be entitled to study for a bachelor's degree in accordance with the conditions detailed above.
- In order to avoid doubt, the title "Specialist" and "Master 1" are not considered as a Master's degree for the purpose of providing assistance.
- In order to continue to receive assistance, students must fulfill additional criteria:
- Students requesting assistance for studies for bachelors/masters/diploma/retraining following a degree, must sign a student declaration before a personal absorption counselor that affirms that they do not have an equal degree to the one for which they are applying for assistance.
- At the beginning of every academic year or semester students must submit a request for tuition assistance for that year/semester, no later than 1/10.
- Students must meet the admission requirements of the study institution and study program in which they registered. In institutions that require English studies as part of the degree requirements, students must register for English courses beginning their first year of studies, based on conditions specified in the acceptance letter.
- Students must demonstrate success in their studies and in all courses in which they are they are registered, and complete the academic year with an average grade of 60 or above.
- Students are required to study consecutively one year after another. Students have the option to halt their studies for up to one academic year while receiving assistance from the Student Authority (the student must update the Student Authority at the location in which they receive services). Students who cease their studies during the academic year, or whose studies are terminated by the institution, must inform the Student Authority immediately upon cessation of studies.
Students who do not inform the Student Authority of cessation of studies, and continue to receive tuition assistance –will have 10% of the total tuition assistance deducted from the total benefits for which they are eligible.
- Students cannot receive assistance for repeating a study year or a course, regardless of whether they failed the course, or changed study track or program.
- Students requesting to study prior to their military service must receive authorization from the IDF recruitment office to defer their service for the purpose of studies. Such authorization is a condition for receiving assistance from the Student Authority, and students must present authorization each academic year following the first year from their date of aliyah. Students with the status of returning minor/immigrant citizen must report to the IDF recruitment office and arrange their obligations for military service immediately upon their arrival in Israel.
- Receipt of tuition assistance requires participation in the community service (Shahak) program according to Student Authority regulations.
- For additional information for students studying at the Open University, see here (Hebrew).
- It is not possible to receive assistance retroactively!
Studies in an institution/track recognized by the Student Authority -
The Student Authority authorizes financial assistance for approximately 170 educational institutions.
- Recognition by the Student Authority of the academic institution and of each faculty and study track is dependent upon recognition by the relevant government authorities.
- In some cases, an educational institution may be recognized, but not all of its faculties and study tracks meet all of the criteria for recognition by government authorities and the Student Authority. Therefore, check with the Student Authority prior to registration.
Extent of Assistance
In principle, the extent of assistance is according to the standard of the track in which the student studies.
- A student studying for an undergraduate degree in psychology, the length of which is 3 years, will be eligible for three annual tuition grants, a total of 300% tuition.
- A student studying for an undergraduate degree in engineering, the length of which is 4 years, will be eligible for four annual tuition grants, a total of 400% tuition.
- A student studying for a Master's degree, the length of which is two years, will be eligible for two annual tuition grants, a total of 200% tuition.
- Students who are required to complete supplementary courses, or a supplementary year of studies, as a condition for admission to a graduate program will be eligible for an additional year of assistance- up to 100% of tuition.
- Financial assistance rates are determined by the government authorities (the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education, the Government Institute for Technological Training, etc.) and the student's specific study program.
- Financial assistance will not exceed 100% annual tuition.
- Certain educational institutions charge tuition that is higher than the fee set by government authorities. These are usually institutions not funded by the State, or institutions that teach subjects that require higher tuition fees, for example, the arts. In several universities the tuition of tracks taught in English is higher than the basic tuition. In all such cases the Student Authority pays only the standard-state tuition (as determined by the government authorities), and students must cover the difference.
- A year of study in a mechina for new immigrants in a university is not considered one of the years of assistance from the Student Authority, on condition that the university requires study in the mechina as a condition of acceptance.
- Financial assistance of up to NIS 3,400 (throughout the entire degree program) is granted for required English/Hebrew courses.
- TAKA (pre-academic) programs are funded by the Student Authority in addition to the financial assistance to which students are eligible, i.e. these programs are not included in the scope of assistance provided.
- The Student Authority grants financial assistance for summer ulpan to eligible students accepted to regular studies. The ulpan is financed in addition to the total financial assistance to which students are eligible. Students can study at summer ulpan offered by any institution authorized by the Student Authority, even if that institution is not the one in which the student is enrolled for academic studies.
- The assistance granted by the Student Authority is government assistance. Therefore, a tuition grant cannot be given to students already receiving a tuition grant from another government entity.
Mechina Grant – For Students Who Serve in the IDF
The State of Israel provides tuition grants for pre-academic mechina, mechina for graduates of Israeli high schools, and mechina for new immigrants to students who served in the IDF.
This assistance, which is provided through the Fund for Discharged Soldiers of the Ministry of Defense according to law, is based on socioeconomic criteria and is not universal. The tuition grants offered by law to discharged soldiers do not reduce the scope of assistance granted by the Student Authority to these students. Discharged soldiers who are not eligible for assistance from the Fund for Discharged Soldiers can apply to the Student Authority for assistance.
Special Populations/Temporary Regulations
Temporary Regulation 210- Student Authority assistance to immigrant students from Bucharia
Temporary Regulation 287- Student Authority assistance to immigrant students from Caucasia
Temporary Regulation 333- Student Authority assistance for engineering study tracks yud-gimmel-yud-daled in areas of national preference
Temporary Regulation 335- Increasing eligibility to participants in TAKA- pre-academic preparatory program of the Student Authority
Temporary Regulation 345- encouraging students to participate in pre-academic program in Ashkelon
Temporary Regulation 347- expanding Student Authority assistance to immigrants from Yemen and to Bnei Menashe
Temporary Regulation 385- Student Authority Assistance to immigrants from Ethiopia born in Israel or for Whom 15 Years Have Passed Since Their Date of Aliyah
Temporary Regulation 386- Student Authority Assistance to New-Immigrant Students from Ethiopia
Note: In order to receive assistance from the Student Authority, it is necessary to apply via the website at the beginning of each academic year /semester.
New students are required to submit a request no later than November 10th.
Continuing students must submit a request no later than the first of October.