Semester at Sea Need-Based Grant

Thanks to the generosity of the Institute for Shipboard Education, Colorado State University students who participate on Semester at Sea are eligible for need-based grants outlined below which are deducted from the final invoice. Grant awards are first-come, first served until funding has been fully allocated. $150,000 in grant funding is available each fall and spring semester.

Grants are awarded based on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated through their CSU institutional aid application.

To be eligible for these CSU/SAS need-based grants, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a current CSU student
  2. Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Completed the CSU Institutional Aid Application available via RamWeb
  4. Register via CSU Education Abroad for the Semester at Sea program
  5. Apply and have been admitted to the Semester at Sea program
  6. Completed the CSU Financial Aid requirements and document submission via RamWeb

Students who are not eligible for the CSU/SAS need-based grant will automatically be considered for the CSU/SAS Merit Scholarship (see below). Students who are receiving Pell Grant funding are also eligible for a Pell Match Grant from Semester at Sea. Additional scholarships opportunities are available directly through Semester at Sea as well as through the CSU Education Abroad Scholarship Common Application.

Note: Students cannot receive both the need-based grant and the merit scholarship. Gap Year students will not be eligible for this special CSU Semester at Sea grant and scholarship funding.

Discounts for Regular 14-Week Voyages on Ship

Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)CSU Student Grant
0-1,999$13,000
2,000-3,999$12,000
4,000-5,999$11,000
6,000-8,999$10,000
9,000-11,999$9,000
12,000-15,999$8,000
16,000-20,000$7,000

Semester at Sea Merit-Based Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of the Institute for Shipboard Education, Colorado State University students who participate on Semester at Sea are eligible for consideration of merit-based scholarships.  $25,000 in merit scholarship funding is available each fall and spring semester.  These awards are deducted from the final invoice. Merit-based award consideration will prioritize students with GPAs of 3.2 and higher as of the end of the semester one year prior to the semester of their voyage.

To be eligible for consideration of CSU/SAS merit-based scholarships, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a current CSU student
  2. Apply and be admitted to the Semester at Sea program
  3. Register via CSU Education Abroad for the Semester at Sea program
  4. Deadline for consideration for Fall voyagers is April 30th.
  5. Deadline for consideration for Spring voyagers is August 31st.

Awards for Fall semester voyages will be made in May. Awards for Spring semester voyages will be made in September.  Awards range from $500 – $4,000 and depend on the number of qualified applicants per voyage.

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