Applications open for assisted places at Russia’s Higher School of Economics

Applications to take part in the Higher School of Economics (HSE) “Social Lift” project now being accepted




This initiative is aimed at helping people in challenging life situations who cannot compete on equal terms for State-financed places or pay for higher education.


This year, 264 people will have the opportunity of studying at “Vyshka” university (the National Research University Higher School of Economics) with all tuition expenses covered.


Graduates from schools and colleges who do not live or study in cities of millions of people will be able to take part in the Social Lift programme. There are ten categories of those eligible to apply, including students from low-income families, low-income families with several children, students of deceased military personnel, and students from low-income families who live in areas where there is limited access to higher education (single-industry towns and villages).


Since 2022, applications have been open to those from any location whose parents are combat veterans. A full list of categories can be found on the Social Lift website (


Applications can be made in several ways: online on the project’s website (, by post or in person at HSE university campuses.


“We are planning to repeat the face-to-face visits to regional schools which were made last year. We travelled to Krasnodar and Novokuznetsk to receive applications and provide advice to prospective participants. This year’s list of cities has yet to be finalised so I would advise those interested to check information about the visits via the Social Lift website as this is also an excellent way of finding out more about the project, to ask questions directly to the organisers and receive replies straight away”, said the project manager Anton Zakharov.


This initiative is being implemented at all HSE campuses: in Moscow, St Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Perm. Since its inception, 1,500 people have taken part in the Social Lift project, with 463 applicants having gone on to become HSE students.


Applicants must put together a set of documents and submit an application for the approval of the project panel, pass Unified State Exams (USE) in all subjects required for admission to a chosen educational programme and achieve the minimum USE score for each subject on the entrance exam set by HSE.


The deadline for receipt of applications is 9 June.




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