How to Apply

Financial Aid Application is Currently Unavailable for the 2019-2020 School Year

Through the generosity of many donors, Birch Aquarium is thankful to be able to offer limited financial assistance to underserved schools and students in need. Our application process is currently unavailable for the remainder of the school year. 


How to Apply For Financial Aid

Applications for financial aid must be submitted each school year. If you are interested in receiving financial aid, please review the application process below. Funding is not guaranteed each year as a school’s qualifying criteria may change.

  • One application per reservation should be completed when applying on behalf of multiple classes or an entire grade level.
  • A single application does not qualify for the whole school. Awarded funding will only be applied toward your reservation.
  • If approved for financial aid, you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to proceed with scheduling your program(s). 

Financial Aid Application

Financial aid in the form of scholarship funding is available for the following programs:

Self-Guided Visit at Birch Aquarium 

  • Explore Birch Aquarium at your own pace without structured programming. Offered daily, year-round, during regular aquarium hours. 

Discovery Lab Classes at Birch Aquarium

  • Instructor-led, hands-on programs in one of our classrooms are available weekdays.

Outreach Classes at Your School

  • The Aquarium Express van can travel to your school, bringing with it the wonders of the ocean, Earth, and atmosphere. 
  • Important Note: If you are interested in applying for funding from the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund, please review the qualification requirements prior to submitting your application.

Classes at the Beach

  • Two-hour exploration with Birch Aquarium educators on the beach at the Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve (La Jolla Shores). Select dates only, program subject to tides and weather.