Pell Grant Match

Scholarship Information

Amount: Varies

Voyages: Spring and Fall

Eligibility: Confirmed students currently receiving a Pell Grant at their home school

SAS Financial Aid Apply Eligibility

Thank you for your interest in applying for Semester at Sea grants and scholarships! You must be a confirmed voyager, by paying your deposit, before you can apply for any Semester at Sea financial aid. Please answer the questions below to continue.


Semester at Sea generously matches the Federal Pell Grant for the semester. 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. To be considered, confirmed students are required to provide a copy of the current aid year award letter from the home institution.

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.

Don’t Miss Out: Outside Funding Opportunity for Pell Grant Eligible Students!

“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.”

-Gilman Scholarship Program Overview

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

For more information and to apply, visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website.

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In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a confirmed voyager who has paid your deposit.