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Need-Based Aid for SEA Semester

Need-Based Financial Aid for SEA Semester

SEA awards over $1 million per year in need-based aid and scholarships.

We are committed to helping qualified students afford our programs.

Our semester program admission process is need-blind and applying for financial aid will not affect your chances for acceptance.

We encourage you to submit financial aid materials as soon as possible and to call us with questions. Formal offers of financial aid are made after you have been accepted to a program, but we can work with you during the admissions process to estimate costs and discuss available aid.

We can help you determine what outside assistance will transfer to SEA, and which sources of SEA-based aid might be available to you. Federal aid (Stafford Student Loans, Pell Grants, Parent PLUS Loans) is usually transferable. State scholarships and outside aid (community or employer scholarships) can often be transferred as well. We have agreements in place with many schools that allow students to transfer institutional aid to SEA. Please meet with someone in your Financial Aid Office as well as in your Study Abroad Office to discuss your own situation, and then contact SEA.

You may qualify for financial aid at SEA even if you are not currently receiving financial aid from your college, so if you believe cost will be an issue, please be in touch.

SEA students can utilize an alternative loan, from the lender of their choice, while enrolled in one of our programs.

How To Apply

(There are no need-based financial aid application deadlines associated with semester programs. Summer program deadlines are listed on those programs' individual webpages.)

To apply for need-based aid from SEA, please submit the following:

  • SEA financial aid application (pdf);
  • Copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR);
  • Your most recent award letter from your Financial Aid Office;
  • Federal regulations may require us to collect tax documents from you and/or your parents, but they are not initially required to apply for need-based aid.
  • Optional: If you have an unusual financial situation, you may submit a letter explaining any special circumstances

Once we have all of your documentation, and you have been accepted into a SEA Semester program, your financial aid application will be evaluated and you will be notified via email.

Upload Financial Aid Materials

Presidential Scholarships

One need-based Presidential Scholarship of $7,500 is awarded for every Fall and Spring SEA Semester class (excludes SEA Summer programs). This award is reserved for applicants with a history of academic excellence, community service and leadership experience.

Students will be automatically selected for this award based on the strength of their application materials and demonstrated financial need. No separate application is required.

Support for Presidential Scholarships is provided by named endowed funds. 

Cabot Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
Edmund B. Cabot Endowed Scholarship Fund
Fremont A. and Eleanor C. Chandler Endowed Scholarship Fund
Clowes Endowed Scholarship Fund
Melville Ireland Endowed Scholarship Fund
Philip R. Jonsson Endowed Scholarship Fund
Rafe and Kate Parker Endowed Scholarship Fund
John C. Parker Endowed Scholarship Fund*
*The John C. Parker Endowed Scholarship fund supports exceptional students who identify themselves as members of the BIPOC community.

SEA financial aid will appear as a credit on your invoice. If your college has a special billing arrangement with SEA, please work with your Study Abroad Office and/or Bursar’s Office. Please contact Tara Grieb at in the SEA Billing Office with questions.

Any specific questions about our need-based financial aid program should be directed to Kayla Sheehan at or 774-392-3905.

The majority of SEA’s need-based aid and special scholarships are supported by generous donations from individuals and foundations working to make SEA Semester accessible to qualified students.  By accepting a financial aid or scholarship award from SEA, you acknowledge that we may share your first name, college, major and hometown with a supporter whose funding has made your award possible.