OTZMA is arguably the most comprehensive and enriching Israel experience available -- and it is also one of the most affordable. This year, we are pleased to have expanded funding available for over 45 participants as well as the establishment of the new OTZMA Leadership Scholarship!
Since its inception in 1986, OTZMA has always been considered a "fellowship" since a participant's local Jewish Federation usually sponsors his/her participation and pays for a healthy portion of the tuition. Moreover, as an officially recognized program of the "Masa Israel Journey" initiative, applicants are eligible to receive a combined grant/aid package of up to $7500 towards their participation -- and this excludes other scholarships that can be attained!
Most importantly, at OTZMA, we actively work with each participant to seek and attain the finances needed to make participation on the program a reality. We believe that finances should not prevent qualified applicants from joining OTZMA.
In short, OTZMA is an unparalleled experience and we'll work to make sure that it is also affordable.
The unsubsidized tuition for OTZMA’s 10-months is $13,000 and $7,500 for 5-months. Tuition includes housing, volunteer and internship placements in each program part, seminars, excursions, health insurance and much more.
Participants on OTZMA are almost always sponsored by their local Jewish Federation. Sponsorship means that you will serve as a representative of the Jewish Federation as you carry out you volunteer/service work. In recognition of your contribution in Israel, the Jewish Federations provide $3000 towards your 10-month tuition and $2,000 for towards your 5-month tuition. If your Federation does not participate in OTZMA, we'll work with you to investigate your funding options.
Universal Grants & Financial Aid from Masa | Apply for the Masa Grant or Learn more.
Most OTZMA participants are eligible to receive a grant of either $3000 or $4500 from the Masa Israel Journey initiative. Those participants who can prove that they are independent and not otherwise supported financially can receive an additional $3000 in financial aid from Masa. What's more, qualifying for financial aid is a relatively simple process. Learn more about Masa Grants & Financial Aid.
The OTZMA Leadership Scholarship | Learn more or apply here
OTZMA is excited to announce the immediate establishment of a new generous scholarship for the upcoming program, making Otzma the most affordable Israel program available. Learn more here.
In addition to the funds above, all OTZMA participants can apply for and receive additional funds towards their participation. For your convenience, we have listed ideas and resources below through which our past participants have received funding.
It is a rarity, but please note that participants that are not eligible for outside funding are responsible for funding their program tuition.