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Covid-19 Update

COVID-19 Programming Updates

Update on Coronavirus

Following CDC guidelines, effective May 29th the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is relaxing its mask mandate, allowing vaccinated persons to discontinue the wearing of masks indoors.  Masks are still required in schools and the CDC advises that all unvaccinated people to continue wearing masks indoors.  Consistent with these guidelines, SEA continues to require masks and social distancing while indoors on our campus.
SEA Semester students arriving on campus are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to arrival, and will continue to be tested while they remain in Woods Hole. In addition to wearing masks, frequent handwashing, sanitizing, and following other revised campus protocols, students will observe strict social distancing and isolation for a minimum of ten days upon arrival in order to form a safe “bubble” of program cohorts, akin to a household group.

Student engagement with the Woods Hole community will be limited to socially distanced and masked use of the Shining Sea Bikeway and selected beaches.

Follow this link to the MA government website for the Commonwealth’s updated travel advisory.

Covid-19 Vaccinations

At this time, SEA strongly encourages all students, faculty, staff & crewmembers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.  Beginning with our fall programs (August 2021) SEA will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for all students, faculty and crewmembers.  Please upload a copy of your CDC Vaccination card here.

Contact Information

Please call us with any questions or concerns at 508-540-3954 x 770, or email our Associate Dean for Student & Financial Services, Virginia Land McGuire, at vland@sea.edu.

FAQs

How will SEA communicate information about program cancellations or changes?

Enrolled students will be contacted directly by our admissions department. For regular updates and information, please check this page.

How is SEA preparing for programs?

As we prepare for fall programs, Sea Education Association (SEA) continues to monitor advice from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, helping to guide our thinking during the Covid-19 pandemic. Likewise, we are and will continue to follow all requirements and modifications as set forth by the governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We will continue to update this page if we modify and amend our protocols and practices as new information becomes available.

Summer 2021 Refund Policy

Based on the fluid and ever-changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, SEA has revised our refund policy for summer 2021 SEA Semester programs to provide students with more time to commit to enrolling.

All refund language below refers to deposits, tuition, and program fees only. SEA will not refund any personal costs incurred in association with the program, including but not limited to airfare, visas, etc.

Refund Policies for Summer Programs

If SEA cancels the program:

  • Program cancellation before the program start = students may apply funds to a future SEA Semester or SEA High School Summer program pending space available. If a future program is not possible, we will issue a full refund.
  • Program cancellation after the program start = partial refund prorated based on the week of cancellation. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that any partial credit will be granted nor that we can support remote completion of any SEA Semester program.

If a student chooses to voluntarily withdraw from the program:

  • Withdrawal 30+ days prior to the program start = 100% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal 29 to 0 days prior to the program start = 50% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal after the program start = no refund. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that any partial credit will be granted nor that we can support remote completion of any SEA Semester program.

If a sending institution suggests that a student not participate in the program:

  • Withdrawal 30+ days prior to the program start = 100% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal 29 to 0 days prior to the program start = 50% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal after the program start = no refund. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that any partial credit will be granted nor that we can support remote completion of any SEA Semester program.

If a sending institution requires that a student not participate in the program:

  • Withdrawal 30+ days prior to the program start = 100% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal 29 to 0 days prior to the program start = 50% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal after the program start = no refund. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that any partial credit will be granted nor that we can support remote completion of any SEA Semester program.

Fall 2021 Refund Policy

Based on the fluid and ever-changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, SEA has revised our refund policy for fall 2021 SEA Semester undergraduate and gap programs to provide students with more time to commit to enrolling.

All refund language below refers to deposits, tuition, and program fees only. SEA will not refund any personal costs incurred in association with the program, including but not limited to airfare, visas, etc.

Refund Policies for Fall 2021 SEA Semester Undergraduate & Gap Programs

If SEA cancels the program:

  • Program cancellation before the program start = students may apply funds to a future SEA Semester program pending space available. If a future program is not possible, we will issue a full refund.
  • Program cancellation after the program start = partial refund prorated based on the week of cancellation. Unfortunately, no partial credit will be granted for SEA Semester fall programs, and SEA cannot support remote completion of any SEA Semester coursework.

If a student chooses to voluntarily withdraw from the program:

  • Withdrawal 30+ days prior to the program start = 100% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal 29 to 0 days prior to the program start = 50% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal after the program start = no refund. Unfortunately, no partial credit will be granted for SEA Semester programs, and SEA cannot support remote completion of any SEA Semester coursework.

If a sending institution suggests that a student not participate in the program:

  • Withdrawal 30+ days prior to the program start = 100% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal 29 to 0 days prior to the program start = 50% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal after the program start = no refund. Unfortunately, no partial credit will be granted for SEA Semester programs, and SEA cannot support remote completion of any SEA Semester coursework.

If a sending institution requires that a student not participate in the program:

  • Withdrawal 30+ days prior to the program start = 100% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal 29 to 0 days prior to the program start = 50% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal after the program start = no refund. Unfortunately, no partial credit will be granted for SEA Semester programs, and SEA cannot support remote completion of any SEA Semester coursework.

How You Can Help

Every year, we ask our community to make gifts to SEA’s Annual Fund. Donor support keeps us sailing through shifting winds and this year we ask for your support to help us weather this global pandemic.

With the world closing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to cancel spring and summer SEA Semesters and short programs because it’s the right thing to do.

Like all non-profit educational institutions, tuition alone does not fully cover our operating costs. We count on contributions from generous donors like you!

With your continued support at this critical time we look forward to inspiring ocean scholars, stewards and leaders for generations to come.

Make a Gift

Giving Options

How Your Gift helps SEA

Your donation helps us:

· Provide scholarships for future students. We never want the cost of our programs to be a barrier.

· Continue to develop programming that enriches and inspires.

· Keep our ships and campus in Woods Hole ship-shape and ready for students.

New Tax Deductions for Non-Profit Giving:

COVID-19 Stimulus Package / CARES Act

· The bill makes a new deduction available for as much as $300 (individual)/$600 (filing jointly) in annual charitable contributions for those who don’t itemize.

· The second change is an increased limit on charitable deductions for those who do itemize. Donors can now deduct 100% of their 2020 donations to public charities, like SEA, from their AGI, except through Donor Advised Funds.

Giving Information

Sea Education Association is a Massachusetts 501(c) 3 educational non-profit.

Make a gift online.

  • Become a Navigator: SEA’s recurring gift society
  • Send a check to: Sea Education Association: PO BOX 6, Woods Hole, MA 02543
  • Stock & Annuities: please contact Kerry Sullivan in the Development office, ksullivan@sea.edu
  • Donor Advised Funds

While our campus is closed, our staff is working remotely and eager to hear from you. If you have a question or would like to speak with someone in the Development Department, please email: development@sea.edu.