Need Based Grants

CIEE’s need-based grants provide support for students facing financial barriers to studying abroad. To apply, you will need to provide your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), as displayed on your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). We award need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection.

GAIN Travel Grant

$750 to $2,000 toward airfare; award amount depends on CIEE program location.

Eligibility: The Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grant helps cover airfare to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate financial need. Pell-eligible students are guaranteed a GAIN Grant if they submit their Scholarships Application by October 15 for January and spring programs, or by April 1 for summer and fall programs.  GAIN Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis to students with a wider range of need and we offer GAIN Grants for all of our programs!  


Go Global Grant recipients also automatically receive a GAIN Grant!

Semester Programs: $2,500 toward program costs
Summer Programs: $1,000 toward program costs

Eligibility: Qualified applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are guaranteed a CIEE Go Global Grant and a GAIN Travel Grant, regardless of whether they receive the Gilman Scholarship. That’s a program cost reduction and funding toward airfare! Students must submit their Scholarships Application by October 15 for spring programs, or April 1 for summer and fall programs to be guaranteed a grant.  After the deadline, we will continue to award until funds are exhausted.