Midreshet Rachel Tuition
We do not want financial constraints to prevent anyone from studying at Midreshet Rachel V’Chaya. Please see the section on financial assistance below.
Fees for the complete academic year 2012-2013 are $9,600. This includes a non-refundable fee of $250 for registration and $350 for student activities. This $600 is due upon acceptance.
Cost for living in one of the Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya apartments is $350 a month (including all utilities except telephone; linens and kitchen utensils are also provided.)
To reserve a place in one of our apartments, a $350 deposit is required.
We also have programs for Elul, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. For fees, please contact our Israeli office.
Tuition is due in two payments – payment of half the fee is due three days after arrival and the balance of payment is due within three months after arrival. Payment can be made either to the Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya office directly or through our US office. Payment may be made in US dollars, or in other major currencies at the current exchange rates. Preferred methods of payment of tuition are cash, check or bank transfer. Payments by Visa or Mastercard are welcome, but are subject to a 3% surcharge due to additional bankcharges incurred by Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya. Inquiries concerning fees for a part-time program are welcomed.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
S. Daniel Abraham Scholarship Program
Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya is an approved institution for the S. Daniel Abraham Scholarship Program. You can find more information and apply online on the Abraham Scholars Website.
The Zoltan and Ibolya Bernat, z”l Memorial Scholarship Fund.
This scholarship provides a limited number of monthly stipends to married couples studying at Darche Noam (husband at Shapell’s and wife at Midreshet Rachel). The stipends are up to a maximum of $400 per month for living expenses and are awarded based on academic/leadership potential and financial need. For applications contact Rabbi Yehoshua Seidenfeld at email@example.com.
MORE Scholarships and Financial Assistance
MASA – Students requiring financial assistance and meeting the criteria of the Jewish Agency’s MASA long-term study scholarship program are encouraged to apply through Darche Noam. You must be under 31 years of age and registering for a program of at least 5 months. Masa will grant a scholarship, depending on your financial situation and country of origin, for up to a maximum of $10,000. The application must be submitted to MASA by the school and not directly by the applicant. You can find all sorts of information and an application at the MASA website http://www.masaisrael.org/Masa/English/. Unfortunately MASA does not yet have an online application so you will need to print and complete the application and then fax it to us at our US fax # 516-908-6020 or our Israel fax # 972-2-652-0801. We will review your application and let you know what, if anything, needs to be addressed.
Note that assistance may also be available from a student’s synagogue, JCC or Hillel. Scholarships are often available from local Federations. To find your local federation website, see the Jewish Federation List.
The following organizations also provide scholarships for students studying in Israel:
Torah Letzion is an organization whose goal is to assist students with their dream of learning in Israel. Although mainly for students just graduating from high school, if you went to a Jewish high school and did not spend a gap year in Israel, you may be eligible.
Mizrachi Organization of Canada, If you are from Canada, contact us for details and forms.
Jeff Seidel’s Jewish Student Information Center ($400 scholarship towards airfare to come study in Israel)
Additionally, students may apply to Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya for financial aid. Assistance is available in the form of generous scholarships and work-study.