Pell Grants on Semester at Sea

Semester at Sea is pleased to offer aid match for Pell Grant recipients wishing to sail around the world on a Fall or Spring semester voyage.

We are passionate about matching pell grants and making this once-in-a-lifetime experience more accessible and more affordable for students of all backgrounds, including low-income students who may not otherwise pursue a term abroad. The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to post-secondary education.

Semester at Sea will match one semester of your Pell grant. Eligibility is restricted to confirmed students currently receiving a Pell grant at their home school. To apply for the grant match, please create an account on our scholarships portal once you have been admitted and deposited to the voyage of your choice.  You will be asked to submit your home school award letter for the year you intend to sail as proof of Pell Grant eligibility.

The Pell Grant Match is awarded on a rolling basis until approximately two weeks prior to the voyage embarkation date or until the funds have been depleted – whichever occurs first. Students should apply for this grant early if they wish to receive funding.

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Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints.  The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions. 

To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • An undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited US institution
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of the study abroad program

Please note: the student must receive approval from their home institution to study abroad with Semester at Sea in order to be awarded the Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship