Admission Policies

The Sea School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.

Non-Qualification Exemption

If a student does not meet basic experience requirements to qualify for the United States Coast Guard License or Document, as stated by USCG prior to the start of class, all monies will be refunded.

The exemption does not apply to non-qualification caused by defects in character or physical condition, including but not limited to violations of law, and/or drug use; or see “GROUNDS FOR TERMINATION” citation.

Enrollment Process

An Admissions Representative will provide each student with the school catalog, program information, schedule, and enrollment agreement.  The representative will then interview each student by phone or in person to ensure that he or she is pursuing the appropriate program as listed in our catalog.  To ensure enrollment the applicant must then complete and submit to the school the signed enrollment agreement form.

Prospective students may enroll on-line 24/7 from this SEASCHOOL website link:  www.seaschool.com

Attendance Policy

The school policy and regulation on leave, absence, class cut, tardiness or interruption for unsatisfactory attendance is that any lost time due to any of the above is strictly the student’s responsibility. Students may enter any subsequent class to complete the course. This policy applies to the interruption of students for unsatisfactory attendance.

Grounds for Termination/Discipline Policy

Grounds for termination shall be for non-payment of tuition or improper conduct, which in the opinion of the instructor’s supervisor, is detrimental to the learning process of other students in class. Refunds under termination policy will be the same as those stated

Academic Policy

Sea School issues course completion certificates at the end of each course upon the successful passing of an end of course examination and/or applicable practical assessments. The minimum score considered satisfactory to pass most courses is 70%.  A passing score of 90% is required for the Navigational Rules Examination.

Upon satisfactory passing of U.S. Coast Guard Approved License Examination, the course will be considered completed. The School will maintain records of all students completing the course for five years. The U.S. Coast Guard maintains records of issued documents for a longer period.

Guarantee Policy

If the student is unable to pass our examination for a Coast Guard approved course on the first try (three test sessions), he or she will be allowed to repeat the course at no additional charge.

Veteran Benefits

Sea School is approved by Alabama and South Carolina State Approving Agencies to offer training to veterans and other eligible dependents under the VA Educational Benefit program

The school will notify the VA of any change in the enrollment status of students certified to receive veteran’s educational benefits. This will include when the student violates attendance policy, changes schedules or terminates training.

Tuition, Cancellation & Refund Policy

Tuition Policy

Entire tuition is payable prior to class start. This fee must be submitted with the application to reserve a place in the class of your choice. If for some reason the prospective student is unable to attend this class, the fee can be credited to any future class or course offered by Sea School with no penalty.

Tuition Fees are due and payable not later than the first day of class. Tuition fees cover class book.  Testing fees are additional fees payable at the time of the examination.

Refund/Cancelation Policy

Applicants who are not accepted will receive a full refund of monies paid. Course tuition (less the registration deposit) is refundable only if Sea School is notified no less than three (3) days prior to the start date of class, the student will be unable attend the class. Tuition may be transferred to any other Sea School class on a space available basis. (Student is responsible to maintain proof of payment, check or contract receipt).

The registration deposit is not refundable. It is transferrable to any other Sea School class on a space available basis.

No money is refundable after the start of the class.

To cancel, the student should notify Sea School, by mail, email or other recordable means, of intention to cancel: Sea School, 8440 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702 or hqstaff@seaschool.com.

A refund will not be granted after the completion of a course. However, the Guarantee Policy will be in effect without limitations.

In the event of an Act of God or Acts of God, that force cancellation or modifications of class schedules, Sea School will attempt to reschedule or otherwise accommodate students. Sea School will not be financially responsible for Acts of God.

The Coast Guard limits the number of persons (seats) in an approved course. Unless we can fill a seat of someone who cancels at the last minute (less than three days), we may forego the benefit of that seat/student. However, some cancellations are inevitable, and we will credit that tuition towards a future class.

Online Course Refund Policy

Generally, online training courses are NOT eligible for refunds. We MAY approve a refund request provided the student meets the following requirements:

The student must NOT HAVE EXCEEDED the MAXIMUM training TIME ALLOWED for ANY online course:

  • Auxiliary Sail                       cannot have more than 20 min MAXIMUM of logged course time
  • Towing Endorsement      cannot have more than 20 min MAXIMUM of logged course time
  • Master Upgrade                cannot have more than 2 hours MAXIMUM of logged course time
  • License Renewal                cannot have more than 30 min MAXIMUM of logged course time
  • OUPV (6-Pack)                   cannot have more than 3 hours MAXIMUM of logged course time

If a refund is approved for an online course, and the student has met the above restrictions, the refund amount will be less the transaction processing fees. 

NON- REFUNDABLE Transaction fees for online courses:

  • Auxiliary Sail                  $25
  • Towing Endorsement $25
  • Master Upgrade           $50
  • License Renewal           $25
  • OUPV (6-Pack)              $125 (includes $75 fee for course materials shipped to student after registration)

Students are eligible to transfer from any online course to any classroom instruction course of minimally equal value.  If there is a difference in price the student will be required to pay only that additional amount.

Online courses may NOT be transferred to another student.

Online courses that were paid with a gift certificate are NOT eligible or a refund, however they can transfer to any other course of minimally equal value.  If the course being transferred to has a difference in price the student will be required to pay only that additional amount.

Gift Certificates ARE eligible for refund only by the purchaser, not the recipient.

Student Grievance Policy

As a student you have the following rights, privileges, and responsibilities:

  • To have access to your student records and request corrections where necessary.
  • To request an explanation of the various courses and/or programs.
  • To know the School’s program/course costs and refund policy.
  • To know and adhere to the academic requirements.
  • To know course requirements and evaluation and grading methods.
  • To report and help eliminate all sources of discrimination.
  • To protect the safety and well-being of the School and community.
  • To support the School’s “No Drugs” policy

The two most important student responsibilities are academic integrity and the obligation to complete all requirements of the course of study.

All student complaints will be handled expeditiously so as to promptly resolve problems or mistaken impressions. Every effort will be made to resolve the complaint prior to the student’s departure. The concern should first be discussed with the instructor. If the student is uncomfortable discussing their concerns with the instructor, they can elevate their complaint to the Operations Officer at the St Petersburg, FL/Headquarters Campus.