10.6.10. Policy/strategy implemented, including an adequately funded mechanism for persons with disabilities.

The core values of the Lebanese University, as a public free access institution, include equality of all, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability or gender. According to the above, the Lebanese University have built some campuses and implemented many branches of its faculty on all the Lebanese territory, in order to reduce inequalities and to give equal chances to ALL student’s resident in Lebanon to access to the higher education. So even the students with modest financial capabilities could pursue their higher studies. Moreover, Lebanese University put a plan to build more

campuses adequate in new areas in order to give more chance to all students willing to continue their studies, knowing that the number of enrolled students at the Lebanese University is increasing gradually, and knowing that the Syrian refugee crisis that affected Lebanon, requires more premises and more campuses covering the higher educational needs.

Specific Support Measures

The public Lebanese University offers free education for all Lebanese citizens. Students with special needs benefit from the same facilities and measures applied in all public institutions. Measures are rather applied on a case-by-case basis. The Palestinian and Syrian students are treated equally as the Lebanese nationals.

Fees within Public Higher Education

Education at the Lebanese University is almost free and fees account only for 6.5% of its total budget. The public Lebanese University is open to all Lebanese and to foreigners who are legal residents in the country. An international student enrolled in the LU has to pay a higher fee than that paid by a national student. The fees are paid directly to the Ministry of Finance.

Financial Support for Learners

The public Lebanese University, a limited number of merit-based grants are awarded to ALL students on the basis of academic performance. No public lending program exists for students in Higher Education. Another form of aid is fee exemptions. These are based on the number of students and social considerations. Some exemptions can be offered to students carrying out some work inside the university.