Sponsored Education Admissions Grant (SEA)

Our policies have changed! Click here for our updated application policies!

The 2018-2019 Sponsored Education Admissions grant application can be accessed here. Please make sure you have read over the application policies before beginning the application. Thank you!

Georgia Aquarium offers a Sponsored Education Admissions (SEA) grant to ensure that diverse audiences, regardless of economic status, have an opportunity to participate in our unique educational experiences at no cost. We are able to provide this gift to Title I schools and non-profit organizations operating in Georgia thanks to private charitable donations from generous corporations, foundations and individuals.

Funding is limited! The fall season is the ideal time for school groups to come explore. There is no better way to start off the school year than to cultivate the curiosities of your students with a trip outside the four walls of the classroom!

We are honored to be the windows to the aquatic world for all of your students. If you are a Title I school in Georgia or a non-profit that serves the students in our community, please apply for funding today!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I apply?

Step 1: Add us to your email address book. If you are accepted, a confirmation email will be sent to you from tickets@georgiaaquarium.org. Add this email address to your email address book now so that you don’t miss any important information!

Step 2:
Fill out the application. Please fill out the application in its entirety. Please only submit the application once. Multiple applications may delay your acceptance. No phone calls please. If you’d like to check on the status of your application, please e-mail sea@georgiaaquarium.org.

Step 3:
Be patient. Applications are reviewed as quickly as possible!.

Step 4:
Watch your e-mail! Letters of acceptance are e-mailed to the e-mail address provided on your application. This letter will include contact information, instructions on what to do when you arrive, etc.

Step 5:
Confirm your visit! Your confirmation email will include a link to confirm your visit. You must confirm your visit within 14 days of receiving your confirmation email or your trip may be forfeited.

Step 6:
Update your numbers. Two weeks before your visit, please either e-mail or give us a call to update your count with us so we are prepared with the correct number of staff members to welcome your group.

Who is eligible?

The SEA grant is available for:

  • Title I schools in the state of Georgia
  • Non-profit organizations registered in the state of Georgia that have education as a part of its mission and serve students in need of financial assistance
Please note the following:
  • If you submit a reservation form for a paid field trip to Georgia Aquarium, you will be disqualified from receiving the SEA grant.
  • There is a maximum of 150 students per group.
  • There is a maximum of 3 groups per school.
  • Limit 1 application per educator.
  • All application policies can be found here.

How much are add on chaperones & vehicles?

Your group will receive a certain number of complimentary adults based on the number of students your group has been approved for. Please note, if your student count decreases, your adult count will also decrease. Please see below for add on pricing:

  • Parking Deck Pre-Paid Parking: $9.00 per vehicle
  • Bus Parking: $28.25 per bus
  • Additional Adults: $30.95 plus tax

Purchase these tickets at www.georgiaaquarium.org/SEAprogram

After I submit my application, when will I receive a response?

We accept applications on a rolling basis and do our best to send confirmation emails as quickly as possible. We thank you in advance for your patience!

When can we visit?

You can visit during the school year, during the school week - August through May. 
To have the best experience and for the best availability, keep the following in mind:

  • Try to come on a Monday or Tuesday
  • Try to come before the month of March
  • Avoid arriving around 10:00am

Can we bring our own lunches?

Unfortunately, we are unable to allow outside food or drink into the facility, and we are unable to store any lunches or coolers you have so plan ahead! There are multiple areas to picnic near Georgia Aquarium, and we have meal options available for our group to purchase in advance.

Where do buses park?

Buses park in the Georgia World Congress Center Marshaling Yard. Purchase this prior to arrival by visiting www.georgiaaquarium.org/busparking


Georgia Aquarium gives a special thanks to Ford Motor Company Fund and Publix Super Markets Charities for being generous benefactors of this program.

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