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Financial Aid

Grants, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

60% of our voyagers receive some form of financial aid.

Students do not necessarily need to qualify for standard forms of financial aid (such as Pell Grants) on their home campuses to be eligible for scholarships. 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. 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.

Please note: Semester at Sea scholarship review committees will review applications based on the criteria and terms established for each individual award. Scholarships will be awarded only if a fully qualified applicant is identified by the committee. Semester at Sea is not obligated to award any scholarship if a qualified candidate is not identified by the scholarship review committee.

Scholarship Deadlines

(ISE Awarded Aid only)

Need and Merit Grants are reviewed on a rolling basis while aid is available, so apply early! You may apply after you’ve been accepted the program and have place your deposit. Please allow two (2) weeks for review. Applications will formally close one month before voyage embarkation unless otherwise noted.

Award Name


Fall 2021



Applications Open:
February 9, 2021

Spring 2022



Applications Open:
July 7, 2021
Davis UWC Scholarship for Undergraduates
  • Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Undergraduate Deadline: April 1, 2021 
  • Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Undergraduate Notification: April 15, 2021

  • Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Undergraduate Deadline: April 1, 2021 
  • Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Undergraduate Notification: April 15, 2021
Tutu Ubuntu Scholarship (Spring Voyages only)N/A
  • SP22 Deadline: August 4, 2021
  • SP22 Notification: August 16, 2021
All Other ISE Awards:

Student Assistant Grants; Alumni Support; IMPACT Project Cohort; Global Journalism Fellowship; International Student Advancement; Minority Serving Institution; HBCU Scholarship; HACU/HSI Scholarship; Inclusive Engagement Scholarship; CY Tung Scholarship (Spring Voyages only)
  • FA21 Deadline: April 14, 2021
  • FA21 Notification: May 4, 2021
  • SP22 Deadline:  September 20, 2021
  • SP22 Notification: September 30, 2021

 

Visit the Scholarship Application Portal

Semester at Sea Financial Aid

SpringFall
Aid TypeAmountVoyageEligibility
$250 - $10,000

All Students

ISE Awarded Aid

 

$250-$2,500

>3.0 GPA

ISE Awarded Aid

 

$4,000

All Students

ISE Awarded Aid

 

$500-$10,000

>3.00 GPA

ISE Awarded Aid

 

$10,000

Students attending a HBCU or Predominately Black Institution (PBI) as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.

ISE Awarded Aid

 

$10,000

Students attending a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)  that is a member of HACU.

ISE Awarded Aid

 

$5,000

Must attend an eligible Minority Serving Institution. Preference will be given to students who identify with underrepresented backgrounds.

ISE Awarded Aid

$3,500-$10,000

Students must be enrolled in a University outside of the United States.

ISE Awarded Aid

 

Two free overnight Field Programs, 1 credit seminar + Opportunity for post-voyage internship. Top applicants also receive $3,500 towards voyage program fees.

All Students

 

**This scholarship is currently under review. We will update this page once we are able to open applications again.**

$3,500

Majoring in Journalism, Communications, English, or related field

ISE Awarded Aid

 

$25,000

Enrolled in Chinese Studies for U.S. students or enrolled in American Studies for Chinese students.

ISE Awarded Aid

 

Full & Partial Tuition

Davis UWC Scholar at a Davis Institution.

Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Undergraduate Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

$30,000

Must be a current undergraduate student that graduated from a high school located in an African Country.

  • Spring 2022 Deadline: August 4, 2021
$5,000 + Flights

Open to all students. Preference will be given to students from underrepresented identities (Race/Ethnic Minorities, Students with Disabilities, First Generation, Low-Income, LGBTQIA+, Religion, Veterans)

$10,000

Available to the children or grandchildren of SAS alumni

Demonstrated financial need via the FAFSA Student Aid Report

3.0 cumulative GPA

$25,000

Preference for this award will be given to students whose parents are employed by CMI or Sunstone. Applicants must provide proof of parental employment at CMI or Sunstone in order to be considered for the award. Applicants must also provide proof of demonstrated need for this award via the FAFSA Student Aid Report or, for international students, other proof of parental yearly income.


 

School/Institution Specific Grants and Scholarships

Amount: $500-$2,500

California Polytechnic State University
(San Luis Obispo)

The Cal Poly/SAS Merit Grants are awarded by the Study Abroad Office at Cal Poly. Students must demonstrate a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher to qualify. Contact the Study Abroad Office at abroad@calpoly.edu for application and deadline details.

Amount: $7,500

Chapman University Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded by the Center for Global Education, for more information please email globaled@chapman.edu. Students must be an undergraduate at Chapman to qualify.

Amount: Varies

Colorado State University

The CSU/SAS need based grant is awarded, by Student Financial Services, based on your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) through your CSU institutional aid application. This is awarded on a first come, first served basis. The CSU Education Abroad office nominates students for the CSU/SAS merit grant. Need and Merit Applications will not be reviewed in the SAS office.

Amount: $3,500

Morehouse College Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded by the Study Abroad Office. Please contact Julius Coles at jcoles@morehouse.edu for more information. Students must be an undergraduate at Morehouse to qualify.

Amount: $5,000 – 10,000

NSCS Scholarship “Scholar at Sea”

Members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars are eligible to apply for this award. Two $10,000 awards, three $5,000 awards and one $5,000 award for a CSU NSCS member is available per voyage. Requirements and application are available online.

Amount: $10,000

The Society of Torch and Laurel Scholarship

High achieving Torch & Laurel Scholars are eligible to apply for this award. Requirements and application are available online.

Amount$2,000 – 3,750

UC Irvine Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded by the Center for International Education at UCI. For more information, see UCI’s website. Students must be an undergraduate at UCI to qualify. Scholarships range from $2,000 – $3,750.

Amount: $1,000 – 2,500

UC San Diego Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded by the Institute for Shipboard Education. Students must be an undergraduate at UCSD and submit an ISE need and/or merit grant application to qualify. Scholarships range from $1,000 – $2,500.

Amount: Varies

CU Boulder Scholarships

The CU/SAS scholarships are awarded by the Office of International Education, please complete the CU-Boulder Study Abroad Scholarship to be nominated or you may email abroad@colorado.edu for more information. Students must be an undergraduate at CU to qualify. Awards are based on demonstrated financial need and merit. Students do not need to submit an ISE need or merit grant application.

Amount: Varies

University of Hawaii – Hilo Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded by the Center for Global Education and Exchange. For more information please contact Carolina Lam at uhhglobe@hawaii.edu. Students must be an undergraduate at UH-Hilo and have demonstrated financial need to qualify.

Amount: $500-$5,000

University of Virginia Scholarships

The UVa/SAS Merit Scholarship will be awarded on a rolling basis and will range from $500 – $5,000. Students must be a current UVa undergraduate and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to qualify. To apply, submit the SAS merit scholarship application.