USAID Higher Education Scholarship Program

Refugee/Displaced Scholarship Support

Requirements to Join RSS 2 Cohort 2

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 13.5/20 (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 or US funded undergraduate scholarship.

Financial Aid Guidelines

If you are interested in being considered as a candidate for the RSS 2 Cohort 2 support program, you need to demonstrate financial need. Make sure to submit hard copies of all the financial aid required documents starting January 9 and prior to March 15, 2024.


Benefits of RSS 2

If you are accepted, RSS 2 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, the LAU admissions team will contact you and give you the details regarding the English Entrance Exam (EEE). For EEE, here is the test preparation material. You should start preparing for the English Entrance Exam in case you are shortlisted.

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

November 2023 - February 2024
Recruitment phase and completion of application

February 15, 2024
Deadline to receive complete applications

March 8, 2024
Deadline to receive additional documents requested by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (if need be)

March 2024 - May 2024
Review of applications and shortlisting students for exams.
Nafee milkieh for both mother and father/caregiver will be requested from shortlisted applicants for the interviews.
Selection criteria: application completeness, high school grades

May 2024
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 nafee milkieh

June 2024 - July 2024
Final selection
Selection criteria: high school grades, entrance exam results, interview results, official Lebanese baccalaureate score and financial aid assessment

End of August 2024
Start of Academic Year 2024-2025

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%