dates and rates

Tuition, scholarships,
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Worried Year Course isn't in your budget? With a reasonably-priced tuition and scholarship opportunities, a gap year in Israel is within your reach.

Year COURSE 2021-22


Full Year

The classic Year Course experience

Housing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Full board in Jerusalem,
food stipend in Tel Aviv
All program-related tours, excursions, & activities
Adventure Month
Intensive Hebrew Learning (Ulpan)
Up to 30 college credits
Health Insurance
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Global Trips

Tracks and Add-Ons

Scholarships and Grants

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Most participants receive an automatic $800 grant from Masa Israel Journey towards tuition.
Masa also offers need-based aid.
Application opens in Spring 2021.
Learn more here.

A special endowment process with Hadassah allows Young Judaea to offer generous scholarships to participants showing need.
Application opens in February 2021.

Participants often obtain scholarship through their local Jewish federation and associated initiatives dedicated to Israel programming.
Click to find your local federation.

Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston is pleased to offer stipends for students spending significant time in Israel.
Learn more here

Synagogues often have scholarship or discretionary funds designated for students traveling to Israel. Check in with your synagogue to find out.

The Jewish United Fund offers scholarships based on financial need for Chicago-area participants. Application opens in Spring 2021.
Learn more here.

YC Payment and Cancellation Policy 2021-22

Payment Dates and Options

*Payment due does not include scholarships earned*

  • $100 non-refundable tuition deposit due upon registration
  • January 1, 2021: $4,000 is due
    (Canceling between January 1 and March 1, 2021: Full refund minus the $100 non-refundable application deposit)
  • March 1, 2021: $4,000 is due (a total of $8,000 must be paid)
    (Canceling between March 1 and June 1, 2021: Full refund minus the $100 non-refundable application deposit)
  • June 1, 2021: $8,000 is due (a total of $16,000 must be paid)
    (Canceling between June 1 and July 1, 2021: $500 admin fee + the $100 non-refundable application deposit)
  • August 1, 2021: Balance is due
    (Canceling between July 1 and August 1, 2021: $1,500 admin fee + the $100 non-refundable application deposit)
  • Cancelling between August 1, 2021 and September 2, 2021: $4,000 admin fee + the $100 application deposit
  • December 31, 2021: Balance of Payment Plans Due
    (Includes all scholarships, discounts and promotions; excludes additional tracks and trips)

If you will be working out a payment plan with us, the plans must be established by June 1, 2021 and will commence
with the August 1 payment date. A total of $16,000 must be paid before the start of the program.

Specialty Tracks, Olami and International Trips Payment Deadlines

  • All Custom Tracks and Specialty Add-Ons – August 1, 2021
  • Tikkun Olam in Rwanda – August 1, 2021
  • Tikkun Olam in India - August 1, 2021
  • Olami: Morocco – September 1, 2021
  • Olami: Portugal– December 1, 2021

Young Judaea has the right to cancel the Program or any Program option, or change any itinerary due to low enrollment, security, or other reasons as determined in its sole and absolute discretion

Receipt of application materials and deposit does not guarantee acceptance to the Program. Participation is limited to those chanichim who have been accepted and are paid in full. Young Judaea reserves the right to not accept any applicant and/or revoke acceptance at any time, in its sole and absolute discretion.

If applicant is not accepted to the Program or acceptance is revoked before the program begins, all payments, aside from the $100 will be refunded in full. Young Judaea reserves the right to cancel the Program or any Program option, or change any itinerary due to low enrollment, security or other reasons as determined in its sole and absolute discretion.

Payment Plan Policies

  • Each family receiving a payment plan will be required to pay a minimum of $16,000, including all scholarships, grants and discounts towards all tuition costs by August 1, 2021. If a portion of these funds are comprised of monies from non-family individuals or organizations, a written guarantee of payment by September 1, 2021 will be required
  • Payment plans will not exceed $9,000. Families requesting payment plans agree to a payment structure as determined solely by Young Judaea.
  • All payment plans will end by December 31, 2021
  • Participants who choose to travel via the Young Judaea group flight are required to pay all travel fees by July 13, 2021
  • Two current credit cards in good standing must be provided to Young Judaea by August 1, 2021

Payment Options

Payments towards Year Course tuition may be made by personal check, e-check or via Visa and Mastercard through your online application. Please note that a 3% online convenience fee will be charged to those paying through the online application with a credit card. If you will need to arrange a Payment Plan, please be in touch with Daniel Smith, Director of the Enrollment Office. You will need to sign off on your payment plan arrangement by June 1, 2021 in order to partake in the Program.

Please note: Year Course tuition includes classroom work, certain medical coverage in Israel, accommodations, food subsidy and all internal travel expenses that are a part of the Year Course program. Year Course Olami tuition also includes the cost of travel and insurance related to each of the scheduled trips. Year Course Specialty Track tuition also includes enrichment activities throughout the year, including workshops, excursions, courses, in addition to specialty staff. Program fees cover only part of the cost of the Program which is subsidized by additional funds from individuals and agencies within the Jewish community committed to providing participants with a deep understanding of Judaism and Israel.

Due to past experience, we require a $1,000 deposit from each participant who participates in the Marva program. This deposit will be refunded in full upon graduation from the Marva program, providing students return all equipment to the army. Those students who do not graduate from the Marva program may be entitled to a partial refund of the deposit.

Every effort will be made to keep the price for the program as quoted. Since the price is based on current land costs, it is subject to change.

Young Judaea Year Course participants may be eligible to earn college credit through the American Jewish University (AJU) in Los Angeles, CA, but they are not formally matriculated at AJU. This system is in place so as to allow participants to accept admission offers at other colleges/universities prior to attending Year Course. As a result of the non-matriculated status, neither Year Course nor American Jewish University can provide 1098-T, 529 or similar tuition statements to be used for tax purposes.

Refund Policy (After Program Commencement)

A maximum potential refund will be issued pursuant to the schedule listed below minus any balances due, for those participants who voluntarily leave the Program during the course of the year. Any participant who is dismissed from the program will be responsible for paying any and all open balances immediately.

Date Participant Leaves Maximum Potential Refund

  • On or before October 30, 2021 $4,500.00 + track/trip costs not completed
  • November 1, 2021 – December 30, 2021 $2,500.00 + track/trip costs not completed
  • After December 31, 2021 $0.00

No refunds will be given for chanichim who are involuntarily dismissed or removed from the Program for any reason once the Program has commenced. Young Judaea reserves the right to determine in its sole and absolute discretion whether a participant’s departure from Year Course was voluntary or involuntary.

Young Judaea reserves the right to amend the payment terms, the cancellation policy and the refund policy for the Program. In the event that changes are made to the terms or policies, you will be notified under separate cover and will be responsible for adhering to the new policy and/or payment schedule.

Scholarship funds and/or discounts may be pro-rated in accordance with the applicable scholarship terms for participants who voluntarily withdraw. Scholarship funds and/or credits may be revoked, in their entirety, for participants who are dismissed from the Year Course Program. Participant will be responsible for paying any resulting tuition balance from such withdrawal or dismissal. Participant will also be responsible for any remaining tuition balances under a payment plan as a result of such withdrawal or dismissal.