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Program Costs

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

Over 50% of our students receive some form of financial assistance; out of those, 95% receive aid directly from SEA. SEA remains committed to making our programs affordable for all qualified and motivated students.

2015-2016 SEA Semester Costs

SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems $28,900
SEA Semester: The Global Ocean $28,900
SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation $28,900
SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean $28,700
SEA Semester: Oceans & Climate $28,300
SEA Semester: Ocean Exploration $26,700

2016-2017 costs will be posted in February 2016.

2016 SEA Summer Session Costs

Protecting the Phoenix Islands (8-week) $18,900
Transatlantic Crossing (4-week) $9,800
Pacific Reef Expedition (4-week)                    $9,800
Historic Seaports of Western Europe (4-week) $9,800

Itemized Costs: 2015-2016 Program Costs Breakdown (pdf)

Program Value: Program Inclusions

Every 12-week SEA Semester program carries 17-18 semester hours of credit through Boston University or the student’s home institution; the Summer Sessions carry 3 to 11 semester hour credits, depending on the program.

Additional Expenses

Students are responsible for all travel expenses (Home-Woods Hole, Woods Hole-Ship, Ship-Home). Cost varies by program.

Personal expenses (including local transportation): $350 estimate.

Financial Aid

Over 50% of our students receive some form of financial assistance; out of those, 95% receive aid directly from SEA. Please contact the SEA Financial Aid Office (800-552-3633 ext. 557) to discuss the transfer of institutional or federal aid, or to learn about scholarship opportunities.

Payment Information

A $750 deposit, payable to "Sea Education Association", is due within three weeks of acceptance to the program. This fee reserves your space in the class and is credited towards the cost of tuition.

Balance of Invoice is due according to the following schedule:

  • 90 days prior to start date – 50% of total program cost due (after deposit is paid)
  • 60 days prior to start date – final balance due

Bills will be sent to your home address unless otherwise requested. Please contact Tara Grieb in the SEA Billing Office (800-552-3633 ext. 542) if your college requires an invoice for payment.

Refund Policy

Students must notify SEA in writing of their intent to withdraw from the program. The following refund policies apply:

  • 61 days or more before program start date = 100% refund, less $750 deposit
  • 60 – 31 days before program start date = 50% refund, less $750 deposit
  • 30 days or less before program start date, or after program start date = no refund

Title IV financial aid funds used for tuition will be refunded according to federal regulations.