I was privileged to be awarded the Tutu Ubuntu Scholarship for the Spring 2020 voyage. Of all my life experiences, that has been the most challenging yet most fulfilling. It’s not every day you are traversing the world on a cruise ship – doing your coursework while seeing all that the world has to offer! If I had to pick just one element of the voyage – it would have to be the people. Both on land and at sea- every day was a chance to interact with new people of different backgrounds, with unique experiences which were each so beautiful. Beyond the voyage, these very people have become my close network of friends and this is a blessing I would never trade! 128, the world STILL awaits!
Cost & Financial Aid
Scholarships & Grants
Explore the range of options available to help you fund your Semester at Sea journey.
What You Need to Know About Semester at Sea Scholarships & Grants
Even students who do not qualify for standard forms of financial aid (such as Pell Grants) on their home campuses may be eligible for scholarships through the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) and Semester at Sea. Applicants are strongly encouraged to file the FAFSA and submit the Student Aid Report to the 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 also welcome to apply for any ISE scholarships. We ask that you submit a statement of your parents’ income, with an English translation and conversion to U.S. dollars, in lieu of the FAFSA and tax forms.
|Award||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Rolling Deadline Awards|
• Need and Merit Grants
• Pell Grant Match
• GI Bill/Veterans Benefits
|These awards are reviewed on a rolling basis while aid is available, so apply early! View scholarship pages below for more information.||These awards are reviewed on a rolling basis while aid is available, so apply early! View scholarship pages below for more information.|
|Davis UWC Scholarship for Undergraduates||Application Opens: February 7, 2023|
Deadline: April 4, 2023
Notification: April 11, 2023
|Application Opens: February 7, 2023|
Deadline: April 4, 2023
Notification: April 11, 2023
|Tutu Ubuntu Scholarship (Spring Voyages only)||Not available on fall voyages||Applications Open: July 11, 2023|
Deadline: August 11, 2023
Notification: September 5, 2023
|All Other ISE Awards|
• Alumni Support
• CMI/Sunstone Scholarship (Fall Voyages only)
• CY Tung Scholarship (Spring Voyages only)
• Global Journalism Fellowship
• HACU/HSI Scholarship
• HBCU Scholarship
• IMPACT Project Cohort
• Inclusive Engagement Scholarship
• International Student Advancement
• Minority Serving Institution
• Student Assistant Grants
• Tung Legacy (Fall Voyages only)
|Application Opens: February 7, 2023|
Deadline: April 25, 2023
Notification: May 9, 2023
|Application Opens: July 11, 2023|
Deadline: August 29, 2023
Notification: September 12, 2023
Current Scholarships & Grants
|Alumni Support Scholarships|
Merit-based awards supported by generous alumni gifts
|$500-$10,000||Spring & Fall||>3.0 GPA|
Honoring the partnership between Cruise Management International (CMI), Sunstone, and SAS
|$25,000||Fall||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.|
|C.Y. Tung Scholarship|
Supporting students engaged in a curriculum focused on interactions between Chinese and Americans
|$25,000||Spring||Enrolled in Chinese Studies for U.S. students or enrolled in American Studies for Chinese students.|
|Davis UWC Scholarship|
Need-based scholarship to foster global awareness and understanding
|Full & Partial Tuition||Spring & Fall||Davis UWC Scholar at a Davis Institution|
|GI Bill/Veterans Benefits|
Supporting students receiving GI Bill or veteran’s benefits toward their education
|Varies; usually about $5,600||Spring & Fall||Confirmed students currently receiving GI Bill or veterans benefits at their home school.|
|Global Journalism & Integrated Communications Fellowship|
Support to develop reporting, digital storytelling, and critical thinking skills during a SAS voyage
|$3,500||Spring & Fall||Majoring in Journalism, Communications, English, or a related field|
Supporting participation in SAS for students attending a Hispanic-serving institution
|$10,000||Spring & Fall||Students attending a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) that is a member of HACU|
Expanding access to SAS for students from historically or Predominantly Black Institutions
|$10,000||Spring & Fall||Students attending a HBCU or Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) as defined by the U.S. Department of Education|
|HBCU Research Fellowship|
This scholarship is designed to encourage young people to reach their highest potential, to create in them the courage to embrace risk and change on their way to becoming future global leaders
|$20,000||Fall 2024 Voyage only||Students attending a HBCU|
Scholarship to fund two Field Programs and 1-credit seminar
|One free overnight Field Program, 1-credit seminar + opportunity for post-voyage internship. Top applicants also receive $3,500 toward voyage program fees.||Spring & Fall||All Students|
|Inclusive Engagement Scholarship|
Fostering a shipboard community inclusive of all identities
|$5,000 + Flights||Spring & Fall||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)|
|International Student Advancement Award|
Expanding the SAS community to include more international students
|$3,500-$10,000||Spring & Fall||Students must be enrolled in a university outside of the United States.|
Recognizing students demonstrating academic excellence and leadership
|$250-$2,500||Spring & Fall||>3.0 GPA|
|Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Scholarship|
Four awards for attendees of eligible Minority Serving Institutions
|$5,000||Spring & Fall||Must attend an eligible Minority Serving Institution. Preference will be given to students who identify with underrepresented backgrounds.|
Helping make SAS a possibility for all students regardless of financial status
|$250-$10,000||Spring & Fall||All students|
|Pell Grant Match|
Semester at Sea generously matches the Federal Pell Grant for the semester
|Varies||Spring & Fall||Confirmed students currently receiving a Pell Grant at their home school.|
|Student Assistant Grants|
A work-study program for industrious, experienced students
|$4,000||Spring & Fall||All Students|
|Tung Legacy Scholarship|
Need- and merit-based aid for legacy students
|$10,000||Fall||Available to the children or grandchildren of SAS alumni|
Demonstrated financial need via the FAFSA Student Aid Report
3.0 cumulative GPA
|Tutu Ubuntu Scholarship|
Promoting Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s legacy of forgiveness, empowerment, and peace
|$30,000||Spring||Must be a current undergraduate student who graduated from a high school located in an African Country|
School & Institution Specific Awards
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 email@example.com for application and deadline details.
Chapman University Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded by the Center for Global Education, for more information please email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Students must be an undergraduate at Chapman to qualify.
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 grant 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.
Morehouse College Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded by the Study Abroad Office. Please contact Julius Coles at email@example.com
for more information. Students must be an undergraduate at Morehouse to qualify.
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 CSU NSCS members are available per voyage. Requirements and application are available online.
The Society of Torch & Laurel Scholarship
High-achieving Torch & Laurel Scholars are eligible to apply for this award. Requirements and the application are available online.
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.
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
Students must be an undergraduate at UH-Hilo and have demonstrated financial need to qualify.
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 current UVa undergraduates and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to qualify. To apply, submit the SAS merit scholarship
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Everything you need to know about program costs for Semester at Sea
Payment is due 90 days before the voyages. This due date may be extended with verification of financial aid and disbursement information.
Possibly. You will be enrolled as a visiting, non-degree seeking student at Colorado State University. Students must be degree-seeking at their home institution in order to receive federal financial aid. Please contact the Semester at Sea financial aid office if your home institution will not process aid.
Private student loans are available from most large banking institutions. The internet is a valuable resource to compare loan terms, rates, and repayment terms.
Some private scholarships may transfer, home school institutional scholarships usually do not transfer. You will need to check with your school’s study abroad office and/or financial aid office to find out if your scholarship can be applied to Semester at Sea.
As soon as you are academically admitted, please submit your deposit within 30 days of admission. The deposit is applied against the tuition and fees for the semester. It is refundable up to 90 days prior to the start of the semester should you decide that you are unable to attend.
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