The cost of the Nativ program includes round-trip airfare between New York and Tel Aviv, tuition and fees, housing, medical insurance (not including dental), meals, required transportation, and all planned sightseeing and touring. Personal expenses are not included. Scholarships are available for the Nativ program.
The cost of Nativ for the 2018-2019 Nativ year is $26,000*.
* Price subject to change
Hebrew University Need-Based Financial Aid Application Financial Aid (for H.U. students only)
All processing and decisions are handled by Hebrew University. Applicants will be notified directly, and arrangements can be made to apply these funds to the cost of the Nativ program. Scholarship application available here.
USY’s Tikun Olam Scholarship
The tzedakah project of USY allocates certain funds for deserving applicants. Candidates should contact their regional USY offices for more information regarding regional scholarships. In addition, limited funds may be available through the international USY office.
Procedures for Scholarship Applications:
The initial request for scholarship aid should be made directly to your synagogue and USY Region. Please use this form only if you anticipate greater needs than will be available from all other sources. We maintain the position that any deserving USYer should be able to attend Nativ despite financial circumstances; however our sources are limited.
Please fill out the scholarship application by May 1.
The MASA Project – Scholarships
The MASA project is a joint initiative of the Israeli Government and the Jewish Agency for Israel whose purpose is to make long-term programs in Israel more affordable by giving need based scholarships to participants. The Nativ program is approved by MASA and applications can be obtained through the MASA website.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
Many synagogues have special scholarship funds or are able to find other means to subsidize deserving youth. Contact should be made through the Rabbi, Youth Director, or other synagogue official.
Contact local Jewish Organizations – a full list can be found here. Even if your Federation is not listed on the list provided, it is worthwhile to contact the Jewish Federation in your community.
QUICK TIP: How to ACTUALLY Get Money from Your Federation
The only way to get money from your federation is TO CALL their office. DO NOT email them if you want to get a scholarship.
When you call the Federation, ask to speak with the Financial Aid Director or to the person in charge of scholarships. Explain your situation to them and ask them if you‘re eligible to apply to any of their scholarships.
If they have a scholarship that you‘re eligible for, they‘ll either email you an application to fill out or send you to their Web site where you can fill out the online application.
Plant Your Way to Israel
You can raise money to be used toward NATIV with JNF’s Plant Your Way to Israel program. Ask your friends and family to plant trees with Jewish National Fund, and half of the funds will go to support JNF forestry projects in Israel, and the other half will be held in a special account on your behalf. The funds can be redeemed to support your trip to Israel. You can conveniently manage your PYW account online through a personalized fundraising webpage. Register today, and get more information at, www.jnf.org/pyw. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 879-9305, ext. 263.
Bureau of Jewish Education
In the United States, many cities have a Bureau of Jewish Education that gives out scholarships. Each of the Bureaus below offer scholarships to study at a seminary or yeshiva in Israel. Contact them directly for information.
PLEASE NOTE: The Bureaus of Jewish Education listed below only give scholarships to people who are located in and or around their city. Please do not contact them if you’re from a different area.
- Cleveland – If you’re in the Cleveland area, contact Helen Wolf, Israel Programs Director, at (216) 371–0446.
- Indianapolis – If you‘re in the Indianapolis area, contact their office to see what scholarships they offer at(317) 255–3124.
- Orange County, CA – If you‘re in the Orange County area, contact their office at (949) 435–3450.
- Phoenix – If you‘re in the Phoenix area, contact the Israel Center at email@example.com or (480) 634–4900, ext. 1119.
- Rhode Island – Grants and scholarships are available for Greater Rhode Island residents for high school or college educational programs in Israel. Contact Larry Katz for more information at 401.421-4111 ext. 179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- San Francisco – If you’re from the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Janet Rothman, Financial Aid Director, at email@example.com or (415) 751-6983, ext. 107.
Several lending institutions offer private loans to assist in financing education costs, and applications should be made directly to these institutions. For further loan opportunities, local banks should be consulted. More information regarding Financial Aid may be found in the Hillel/FACETS National Guide to Scholarships, Fellowships, and Financial Support for Jewish Students.