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Sea|mester Admissions

Prior to embarking on your Sea|mester journey, please review the tuition terms and schedule of payments.  Space is limited aboard our vessels, therefore it is important to have a firm financial plan in place prior to enrollment.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $75 is due upon application. Upon review of the application materials by GXG staff (including but not limited to medical history, academic transcript, and references), successful applicants are offered provisional acceptance and the deposit becomes due.

Berthing Deposit: This deposit is $750 if provisional acceptance is offered more than 30 days before the Program’s start date and $2,000 if provisional acceptance is offered within 30 days of the Program’s start date. Once the deposit has been paid, a GXG representative will schedule a phone or video conference interview with the applicant. GXG will typically determine whether it will offer formal acceptance based on this interview. The deposit is non-refundable once GXG offers formal acceptance.

Remaining Tuition Balance: Tuition is due 90 days before the Program’s start date. If enrolling within 90 days of the Program’s start date, the final tuition is due 21 days after the deposit is paid, but no later than 30 days before the Program’s start date. If enrolling within 30 days of the Program’s start date, the final tuition is due upon enrollment. Tuitions are non-refundable after the due date.

Forms of Payment: Tuition payments are accepted by check, ACH, or wire transfer. Credit cards may also be used for tuition payments, but the tuition amounts will be slightly higher, as GXG’s published tuition fees reflect a 3% discount for payment by check, ACH, or wire transfer.

Switching Trips: Once enrolled, any request to switch Programs in the same summer will be considered on a case-by-case basis. GXG does not allow Program switches within 30 days of the Program’s start date.

Below you will find many options past students have successfully used as means to pay their Sea|mester tuition, yet please contact us directly to chat about your specific needs and we can help you navigate the options that might be available.

While each 529, pre-pay account, and monetary fund will differ in their dispersal requirements, many of our past students have had a high level of success transferring those monies towards their Sea|mester tuition balance.

If you hold a 529 or college pre-pay plan and wish to use it for your Sea|mester voyage, please begin by calling the banking institution that holds the account and inform them of your intentions.  Each institution has its own requirements, therefore they will inform you of what documents you will need from Sea|mester to proceed with the disbursements.

We have received payments from 529 plans in the past, and we do notice the rules vary from plan to plan. Sea|mester does not have a Federal School ID number and we do not issue a 1098-T form and all tuition is paid directly to Sea|mester. However, USF is our school of record and issues an official school transcript. For some plans, that seems to satisfy their requirement that it be for educational purposes, but you will want to check directly with your 529 plan manager to know for sure.

Please call us to discuss your specific account/fund and we can arm you with the required details to help with dispersal.

Many of our past students have been able to utilize scholarships and loans that they have secured through their home institution via a consortium agreement directly with Sea|mester. For more information on this we suggest that students talk directly with their financial aid office or advisor about the possibility of a consortium agreement then contact us with specific details.

If you are ready to start planning your trip but discouraged by a financial roadblock, Sea|mester has another solution for you. We have teamed up with FundMyTravel, who provides us with an online platform where you can fundraise for your meaningful travel experience. You create a campaign page, complete a brief profile to build trust, add a video and tell your story!

FundMyTravel has a team of dedicated staff that will help participants reach their fundraising goals. They can provide tips and insights on the best ways to spread your word and offer sharing tools to get your campaign greater exposure through social media and email. Click the button below to learn more and get started!

Many of our past students have been able to utilize private scholarships and grants that they have secured through their home institution or via local, state and national organizations that offer packages designed to assist students to study abroad. Typically, students find details on these types of scholarships and grants at their study abroad office or at the myriad study abroad sites published on the web.

Sea|mester has and will continue to work with students who are eligible to receive VA benefits which can be applied towards their Sea|mester tuition costs. There are a variety of means that these funds have transferred over to Sea|mester, please call us and we can discuss your options.

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