A new UCsb financial assistance program launched Monday will provide financial aid to students from families who can’t afford college and graduate without financial aid.
The program will be available in five counties in the West Bank and Gaza, including Beit Lahiya and Gaza City.
The Israeli government has been criticized for the way it distributes aid to poor students, who are often the first in line for loans.
The Palestinian Authority has also been accused of being inefficient and of unfairly discriminating against Palestinians.
The Palestinian Authority will not pay for students to attend universities and institutions in the occupied West Bank, which Israel annexed in the 1967 Middle East war, under the UCsb program, which will be offered in five areas in the territory, including Hebron, Jenin, Bethlehem and Jenin.
The UCsb will be funded by the Palestinian Authority.
It is expected to receive more than $50 million from Israel.
The program is being run by the Palestine Center for Development, Education and Research, a nonprofit group in the Palestinian territories.
The U.S. Agency for International Development, which funds the UCs program, said it was committed to ensuring equal access to higher education.
The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said the program would also be free of discrimination.UCsb is aimed at students in the top 10% of income earners and those who are at least 15 years old who cannot attend university, receive scholarships or work.
It provides up to $10,000 in monthly aid to eligible families who are living in the same area.
In 2014, the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education was awarded a $100 million U.K.-financed grant for the program.