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State Maritime Schools

Program Descriptions

Program Number



State Maritime Schools


Federal Agency




Public Law 96-453.






To train future merchant marine officers in State Maritime Schools.


Types of Assistance

Direct Payments for Specified Use; Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Operation and maintenance of State Maritime Schools; maintenance and repair of training vessels loaned by Federal Government; student incentive payments to selected cadets.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States. Limited to one academy in any one State.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Students, meeting eligibility requirements.


Formal application from State Governor setting forth evidence of establishment of school; State appropriation for the school; suitable curriculum and facilities. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102.

Application Procedure

Letter from a State Governor to the Secretary of Transportation or the Maritime Administrator. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102.

Award Procedure

Need for training must be established. The final award is approved by the Maritime Administrator.



Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Annual assistance payment of $297,000 to regional academies if matched by State appropriations and if out-of-State students are enrolled. Federal assistance consists of (1) lump-sum annual assistance payment to schools, (2) loan of vessel and payment for its maintenance, and (3) student incentive payments. States are required to show that their annual funding for the school at least matches the Federal lump sum assistance payment.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Annual payments to the schools are given on a lump-sum basis.


Post Assistance Requirements


Monthly enrollment by class. Annual cost analysis of school operation. Other at request of the Maritime Administrator.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Pertaining to each school, its officers, faculty and students, the vessel and crew, and the shore base are required to be kept for the period of employment/enrollment, plus 6 years.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Program Level) FY 07 $11,099,000; FY 08 $13,181,000; and FY 09 $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Annual assistance payment of $315,000 to each regional school, provided State matches funds and admits eligible out-of-State students. An allowance of $4,000 per academic year, not to exceed 4 years, paid to selected students in good standing in the Student Incentive Payment Program.


Program Accomplishments

A total of 515 licensed mariners graduated from the State maritime schools in 2007. Forty-eight cadets who received student incentive payments graduated as Merchant Marine officers.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

46 CFR 310A; Standard college catalogs are available from the schools listed below


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

(a) Federal Government: none; (b) standard information for prospective students: Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME 04421; Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532; State University of New York Maritime College, Fort Schuyler, NY 10465; Texas Maritime Academy, Galveston, TX 77550; California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA 94591; Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Headquarters Office

Associate Administrator for Business and Workforce Development, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-5737.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

11.417, Sea Grant Support
20.807, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy


Examples of Funded Projects

See USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS section of this program.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See Credentials/Documentation section of this program.


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