Financial Aid Opportunities

Our goal is to serve as many schools as possible, while providing a unique and stellar learning experience.

In an effort to better serve the community and in partnership with many generous supporters, Birch Aquarium at Scripps offers financial aid to schools in need.

Financial Aid Opportunities

If you are a teacher or educator at a school in need and are interested in scheduling a program with us, we encourage you to apply for financial aid.  Financial assistance will help offset the costs for the following programs:

*If you are interested in our Aquarium Express Outreaches, please read below about additional financial aid funding for these programs.

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Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund

Through the generosity of Price Philanthropies and other donors, the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund was established to increase access to hands-on ocean science education by delivering our Aquarium Express Outreach programs directly to the schools in our community that need it most. 


The Aquarium Express Outreaches are classroom-based, 60-minute or 75-minute labs (depending on grade level) that come to your school. We allow a maximum of 25 students for Grades K-2 and 36 students for Grades 3-12 per lab and a minimum of 20 students. You must book a minimum of 3 labs per day to take advantage of these fully funded programs.

Schools qualifying for fully funded outreaches through the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund must meet the following criteria:

  • School site is within San Diego County
  • School site is within 70 miles driving distance of Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • School has Title 1 status
  • Minimum of 70% of school's students receive free and reduced lunch
  • Grade levels K-12

We are no longer accepting applications for the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund for this school year (2018-2019). We encourage you to apply for aid from our General Financial Aid Fund. 

If you have questions, please email or call 858-534-7336