Financial Aid Application

This financial aid application should be completed by educators wishing to receive scholarship funding for one of the following educational programs: Self-Guided Visits, Discovery Labs, Aquarium Express Outreaches, or Beach Teaches.

Please note that this application is not valid for programs offered by the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund.

Are you a Title I school?

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is a non-profit, self-supporting organization that is able to offer limited financial aid to groups in need thanks to the generosity of our donors. In an effort to provide funding to as many low-income, underserved and unrepresented students as possible, we offer assistance on a sliding scale based on criteria such as Title I status, free and reduced lunch rates, and other indicators of financial need.

We rely on the information you provide below to best determine the level of financial assistance to offer for your students.

If this financial aid application is for a reservation (booking) that you have already made, please provide the Order/Confirmation # below and then skip to the Financial Aid Policy section (at the end of this application).

Complete the following fields if you are applying to receive financial aid for a Self-Guided Visit at Birch Aquarium.

Grade Level: Select all that apply
Please list three (3) potential dates that would be preferred for your visit.
Please list three (3) potential times that would be preferred for your arrival and group check-in. For example: 9:30am, 10am, 11:15am, etc.

Complete the following fields if you are applying to receive financial aid for Discovery Lab programming at Birch Aquarium.

  • (Ages 2-TK) Program Capacity: 15 students minimum, 24 students maximum
  • (K-Grade 2) Program Capacity: 20 students minimum, 25 students maximum
  • (Grades 3-12) Program Capacity: 20 students minimum, 36 students maximum

Number of Students (per class) Grade Level Program Topic
If you would like to apply for more than four (4) classes of students, please provide that information below (e.g. Number of Students, Grade Level, and Program Topic).
Please list three (3) potential dates that would be preferred for your visit.
Please indicate the potential Discovery Lab *start times that would be compatible with your schedule. *IMPORTANT NOTE: start time and program duration are specific to grade level.
  • Ages 2-TK (50-minute program): 9:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 12:15 p.m.
  • K-Grade 1 (60-minute program): 9:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 12:15 p.m.
  • Grades 2-5 (60-minute program): 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
  • Grades 6-12 (75-minute program): 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.

Complete the following fields if you are applying to receive financial aid for an Aquarium Express Outreach to your school. Program Requirements: Minimum of 2 programs/Maximum of 4 programs per visit.

Number of Students (per class) Grade Level Program Topic
If you would like to apply for more than four (4) classes of students, please provide that information below (e.g. Number of Students, Grade Level, and Program Topic).
Please list three (3) potential dates that would be preferred for your visit.
Please provide your school’s bell schedule (e.g. breakfast in the classroom, start time, recess, lunch, dismissal).

Complete the following fields if you are applying to receive financial aid for a Beach Teach program at Birch Aquarium. Beach Teaches are offered on select dates only—and programs are subject to tides and weather.

Student min/max: 20 students minimum, 36 students maximum

Please provide the following information about your class:

Number of Students Grade Level Program Topic
Please list three (3) potential dates that would be preferred for your program. We will check to see if these dates are offered for programming.

If there is any additional information that you would like to provide about your students and/or program request, please do so below.

To receive funding from our financial aid endowments, an application must be submitted each school year. Financial aid is not guaranteed, regardless of a school's financial aid status from previous years' applications. Each teacher/group leader who is responsible for booking a program will need to fill out a Financial Aid application.

This application is not valid for financial aid requests from the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund.

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