Two more universities announce emergency reservist grants

Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev has announced that enrolled students called up for reserve duty will receive a ILS1,200 (US$300) grant and a delay in paying rental fees if they were living in university dormitories, writes Gavriel Fiske for The Times of Israel. The university also said it would provide assistance for students, faculty and staff who have been evacuated from their homes as a result of the Israel-Hamas war.

Bar-Ilan University also announced grants of ILS1,000 (US$255) to ILS5,000 (US$1,300) for the more than 6,000 registered students who are now serving on the front lines. The grant is to be “applied towards housing and tuition, emotional support, and additional study hours during the academic year,” the university said in a statement.

The announcements come on the heels of a similar programme initiated recently by Tel Aviv University. Other major universities in Israel are expected to follow suit. Due to the massive call-up of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reserves, an estimated 30% of all university students, as well as many faculty and staff, are now doing IDF reserve duty in various capacities.
Full report on The Times of Israel site