Blind and visually impaired students are entitled to receive scholarship to learn in institutions of higher education.
- Blind and visually impaired university students are eligible to receive a full scholarship from the university for tuition.
- Students enrolled in an institution where this arrangement is not applicable (colleges, Academy of Music, etc.), are eligible for a scholarship from the Blind Services Department, which is of an amount equal to the tuition paid at universities.
- Assistance for studies at the Open University will be up to 50% of the cost of a course for up to two courses per year.
- A person can take up to a maximum of 4 years to earn a bachelor's degree and 3 years to earn a masters.
Who is Eligible?
- A person is eligible for the scholarship if they meet the following conditions:
- He/she is a Certificate of Blindness/Visual Impairment holder.
- He/she is an applicants for study at an institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education, or the matriculation exam (Bagrut) project at Leyad HaUniversita HaEvrit High School.
- He/she did not receive financial assistance for post-secondary education from another source, such as the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Absorption, or a National Insurance Institute vocational rehabilitation framework.
- He/she has been found to be suitable for studies by the counseling department at Migdal Or’s rehabilitation center
- Students who were not found suitable by the counseling department who paid for and began their studies on their own and successfully completed their first year will be eligible for financial assistance from the beginning of their second year.
How to Claim It?
- In order to receive this aid one should contact their local social services office.
- A form and affidavit need to be filled out and submitted along with the relevant documentation.
- The director of the social services department, or someone appointed by him/her, will assess the request and answer the applicant.
- Migdal Or provides consulting services to blind and visually impaired students who are interested in integrating into academic studies in institutions of higher education.
- They have a library that provides information on occupations, professions, places of study and admission conditions.
- The information can be found in writing, recorded on a computerized system, and written in braille.
- Migdal Or offers counseling services for the blind and visually impaired who are interested in learning at an institution of higher education.
- The counseling department has a library to supply information on occupations, professions, places of study, and acceptance criteria.
- The information is available in written form, in recorded form, in a computerized system and in Braille.
Laws and Regulations
- Provision 6.5 of the Social Work Regulations: Blind and Visually Impaired Students in Institutions of Post-Secondary Education
- Original information regarding the blind and visually impaired was primarily based on the Guide to Rights and Services for the Blind in Israel from the Blind Services Department (Rehabilitation Branch, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services), and was uploaded to the site with the assistance of Blind Services Department grant recipients.
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.