USAID Higher Education Scholarship Program

Refugee/Displaced Scholarship Support

To know more about the program, watch this brief tutorial video to learn how to submit your application. 

Requirements to Join RSS

To be eligible to apply under RSS, parents must not be receiving an educational university subsidy of US $5,000 or more and students should:

  1. Be a refugee/displaced student residing in Lebanon and holding a valid and legal Lebanese residency permit issued by the Lebanese authorities.
  2. Not be an asylum seeker.
  3. Be enrolled in a public or private high school in Lebanon for at least the last three years of your secondary education.
  4. Have a cumulative average of 13.5/20 (Grades 10 and 11) if you are applying from a public school.
  5. Have a cumulative average of 16/20 (Grades 10 and 11) if you are applying from a private school.
  6. Obtain a minimum of 13.5/20 on the official Lebanese Baccalaureate exam.
  7. Demonstrate past and present performance of service and community activities.
  8. Not be registered at any university and not have completed studies at any university.
  9. Register at LAU or AUB as a full-time student at all times.
  10. Not have siblings who have benefited or are benefiting from any USP scholarship.

Financial Aid Guidelines

If you are interested in being considered as a candidate for the RSS support program, you need to demonstrate financial need. Make sure to submit all the financial aid required documents with the online application form prior to March 31, 2021.


Benefits of RSS

If you are accepted, RSS will cover the following:

  1. Full tuition fees for the duration of your program (as per LAU’s academic regulations), including one preparatory year if needed
  2. Medical insurance
  3. Book allowance
  4. Student housing or transportation allowance
    Please note that all those who shall be entitled to dorms are explicitly bound to clear rules and regulations. Dorms are segregated (dorms for girls - dorms for boys).
  5. A monthly stipend for nine to eleven months per year depending on the major
  6. Laptop
  7. Counseling services and psychological support as needed
  8. Support services shall be offered to women coming to live on campus, if and when needed

Programs You May Apply for 

Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing

School of Arts and Sciences

Adnan Kassar School of Business

School of Engineering

Application and Supporting Documents 

After uploading all your supporting documents, you need to send the documents that are required as “original copy” via Liban Post or by hand to LAU Admissions Office to the Beirut or Byblos Campus.

Required Exams and Next Steps

If you are shortlisted, you need to submit a proof of English proficiency by sending one of the below:

If you are shortlisted, the LAU admissions team will contact you and give you the details regarding the English Entrance Exam (EEE) and the sophomore exam. 

If you pass the English exam and you are shortlisted again, the Admission office at LAU will contact you directly to inform you about the interview.


Selection Process Phases

December 2020 - March 2021
Recruitment phase and completion of application

March 31, 2021
Deadline to receive complete applications

April 9, 2021
Deadline to receive additional documents requested by the university (if need be)

April 2021 - May 2021
Review of applications and shortlisting students for exams.
Ifedit el milkieh for both mother and father/caregiver will be requested from shortlisted applicants for the interviews.
Selection criteria: application completeness, high school grades

May 2021 - July 2021
Interview period for students and parents
Selection criteria: high school grades, entrance exam results and official Lebanese baccalaureate or official technical Lebanese baccalaureate score and validation of financial need, including ifedit milkieh

July 2021- August 2021
Final selection
Selection criteria: high school grades, entrance exam results, interview results, official Lebanese baccalaureate score and financial aid assessment

First of August 2021
Start of Academic Year 2021-2022

Final Selection Percentage Distribution

Academic Performance (includes: Averages in grades 10 and 11, entrance exams and official baccalaureate results)  45%
Financial Need    30%
Leadership Assessment  25%