ISE awards $4 million in financial aid annually.

To be eligible, students do not necessarily need to qualify for standard forms of financial aid (such as Pell Grants) on their home campuses. Applicants are strongly encouraged to file the FAFSA and submit the Student Aid Report to ISE along with tax returns from the most recent tax year and any supplemental information that might be helpful in our review.


Semester at Sea Financial Aid

Aid Type Amount Voyage Eligibility
HBCU Scholarship $10,000   Students attending a HBCU or Predominately Black Institution (PBI) as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
HACU Scholarship $10,000   Students attending a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) that is a member of HACU.
DiversityAbroad.com Scholarship $5,000 + flights   Members of the Diversity Abroad community. Preference will be given to students from diverse backgrounds (African-American/Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Students with Disabilities, First Generation, Hispanic/Latino, Low-Income, LGBTQ, Native American, Multiracial).
C.Y. Tung Scholarship $20,000     Enrolled in China Studies for U.S. Students or English (U.S.) Studies for Chinese Students
Need-Based Grants $250 – $10,000   All Students
Merit Scholarships $250 – $2,500   >3.0 GPA
Alumni Support Scholarships $500 – $10,000   >3.25 GPA
Work Study $4,000   All Students
IMPACT Scholarship $3,500   All Students
Global Journalism & Integrated Communications Fellowship $5,000   Majoring in Journalism or related field
NSCS Scholarship – “Scholar at Sea” $10,000   NSCS members only
International Student Advancement Award $1,500-$10,000   Students must be enrolled in a University outside of the United States
Colorado State University Varies   CSU undergrads
Chapman University $7,500     Chapman undergrads
Morehouse College $3,500     Morehouse undergrads
University of California – Irvine $2,000 – $3,750     UCI undergrads
University of California – San Diego $1,000 – $2,500     UCSD undergrads
University of Colorado – Boulder Varies     CU undergrads
University of Hawaii – Hilo Varies     UH Hilo undergrads
Important Dates  – Fall    – Spring
Fall 2016  Spring 2017
• Need-based Grants
• Merit Scholarships
No application deadline – reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit an application after you place your deposit and allow 2 weeks for review.
• Work Study
• Alumni/ Endowed
• Impact Scholarship
• Global Journalism Fellowship
• International Student Advancement Scholarship
• HBCU Scholarship
• HACU/HSI Scholarship
• DiversityAbroad.com Scholarship
• C.Y. Tung Scholar  (Spring Only)
Application Deadline Application Deadline
April 22, 2016  September 28, 2016
Award Notification  Award Notification
May 6, 2016  October 7, 2016

International Students

International students are welcome to apply for any ISE scholarships. We ask that you submit a statement of your parent’s income, with an English translation and conversion to US dollars, in lieu of the FAFSA and tax forms.