Although somewhat dependent on airfare and on the final number of students enrolled, the course is estimated to cost $2300-$2500 (excluding registration fees for the 3 credit hours), and includes all expenses: round trip airfare from South Bend, lodging, meals, lab fees, boat fees, charter bus fees, park entrance fees, guide fees, taxes and tips. Not included are personal expenditures (snacks, souvenirs, snorkeling gear if you don't already own it, passport fees if you don't already have one), unscheduled trips, and SCUBA diving fees (optional and done on your own time). Financial aid can be used to pay for the cost of this course as long as you're eligible for an award large enough to cover it - this is a legitimate course expense, just like a lab fee or a materials fee for an art course.
Although Biology L342 is a Summer Session I course, so you won't register for the course or pay for the credit hours until April, you must receive authorization from the course instructors (Dr. Bushnell and Dr. Grens) and pay the costs associated with the trip during Spring semester. Because plane tickets and rooms at the field site must be paid in advance, all fees associated with the trip must be paid in full by March 15. A $200 deposit is required by January 15 to reserve your space in the course.