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Covid-19 Update

COVID-19 Programming Updates

Update on Coronavirus

SEA began requiring vaccinations in fall 2021. Consistent with CDC guidelines, we continue to require masks and social distancing while indoors on our campus.

SEA 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.

Contact Information

Please email us with any questions or concerns at covid@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.

Academic Year 2021-2022 Refund Policy

Based on the fluid and ever-changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, SEA has revised our refund policy 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 SEA Undergraduate & Gap Programs, Academic Year 2021-2022

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.

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 Peg Brandon, pbrandon@sea.edu
  • Donor Advised Funds

If you have a question or would like to speak with someone in the Development Department, please email: development@sea.edu.