Israel has been approved by the United States Department of Education for American citizens and permanent residents to apply for federally funded student loans while enrolled in accredited Israeli medical schools. Both medical schools at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are accredited by Israel’s Council for Higher Education and Israel’s medical schools are included in the World Health Organization Directory of Medical Schools.
The MSIH is approved for participation in federally funded student loan programs, and American citizens and permanent residents enrolled in the MSIH are eligible for United States Direct Loans. For those filling out the U.S. FAFSA form, the BGU code is G20941. To start the FAFSA form, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. For more information on financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education, see: http://studentaid.ed.gov.
Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may also apply for alternative loans up to the amount of annual cost of attendance. Canadian students can arrange a letter of credit from their bank, and private loans that will process as student loans in Israel.
Accepted students should contact the Ben-Gurion University Financial Aid Office in Israel when processing applications for United States Direct loans and alternative loans. All students should inquire about their eligibility for various financial aid funds before confirming their acceptance. Students who are unable to obtain the necessary loans or personal resources to finance their medical education may not defer their acceptance, but may re-apply for admission at a later date.