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Financial Aid Resources

There are many financial aid opportunities to help defray the costs of a gap year program in Israel. First and foremost, we recommend speaking directly to the administration of the school or program you are considering. While this list can be a starting point to help you get to where you need to be, we strongly encourage research into additional local opportunities that may not be included here.

 

Scholarship Type
Amount
Deadline
NCSY Torah Fund Varies April 13th, 2022
Your Local NCSY Region Varies Please be in touch with your local NCSY director for more details
NCSY Ben Zakkai Honor Society Varies Please be in touch with your local NCSY director for more details
FAFSA

Students who participate in Joint Israel programs are recognized as a student attending the overseas program of a registered American college. Some of those programs include:

  • Hebrew Theological College
  • Touro College Israel Option
  • Yeshiva University
Varies 2022–23 Academic Year:

The FAFSA form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2023. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 10, 2023.

2021–22 Academic Year:

The FAFSA form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2022. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 10, 2022.

American Jewish League for Israel

*For Bar Ilan Israel Experience only

$4,000-$6,000 April 1, 2022
Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies

The Israel Scholarship Committee of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies administers a limited amount of financial assistance for high school and college students to travel and study in Israel. In order to qualify, you need to be a student who lived and attended high school in Western New York.

$1,000 – $3,000. January 5, 2022
GoAbroad.com Comprehensive guide of general travel scholarship Varies

Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund

$750-$1,500 February 15, 2022

Hilda Spector Morgenstern Merit Scholarship Fund

$2,500 towards tuition All application materials must be received by February 28, 11:59pm, EST. There will be no exceptions.

Jeff Seidel

$400 towards airfare, $250 for returning students 2 months before arrival in Israel

Jewish Federations

Every Federation in North America has its own policies on scholarship funding and the details can change from year to year. Please use this link to locate the Federation in your area. You must call their office to receive a scholarship, emails will not work.

$250-$3,000 Varies

Jewish National Fund (JNF)

You can help JNF and also help yourself by selling trees to be planted in Israel and earn money toward your Israel trip. 50% of what you raise through JNF can be used as a scholarship toward any trip to Israel. Start your own personal fundraising web page at www.jnf.org/pyw.

Varies When you complete your fundraising you can request the scholarship funds
Local Synagogues/Jewish Schools Varies Varies
MASA $200+ TBA

Morris J. & Betty Kaplun Essay Contest

$500-$1,800 March 13, 2022

Nechomas Yisrael

Call 718-851-0340 for more information.

$600-$2,000 Ongoing

Oorah

Oorah offers a significant scholarship to students affiliated with Oorah’s programs, The Zone campers, and Jewish public high school students.

$3,500 towards tuition$100/mo spending money TBA

Taglit-Birthright

10 day trip to Israel. Flights and trip are free.

Free Airfare

Ongoing

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program is a formal arrangement between Yeshiva University and more than 40 Israeli institutions for men and women in Israel. For students who wish to study in Israel, the program provides structure, guidance and assistance. YU’s Israel office maintains a full staff who visit schools regularly in order to assist all program participants and facilitate their seamless return to YU.

Benefits:

  • Use your FAFSA aid to pay for your year in Israel.
  • Your 529 account can be used to pay for the year studying abroad.
  • Flexible payment plans are available through Yeshiva University.
  • You may be eligible to claim an IRS American Opportunity Credit of up to $2,500.
  • Students on the Yeshiva University SDA Israel Program may be eligible for the Federal Work Study Program while working the summer proceeding the year of study in Israel.
  • Upon your return to Yeshiva University, course work earned in Israel will be included on your official YU transcript.
$3,500 towards tuition$100/mo spending money TBA