State Maritime Schools
To educate and train future merchant marine officers at the State Maritime Academies (SMA). These graduates education and training prepares them to enter the maritime industry in numerous capacities, including crewing merchant vessels and also to be available during national emergencies or contingencies.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Maritime Administration (MARAD)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE; Training; USE OF PROPERTY, FACILITIES, OR EQUIPMENT
Fiscal Year 2014: Increased Enrollment projected for the licensed programs at the SMA’s. Fiscal Year 2015: Estimated 660 licensed mariner graduates annually to meet economic and national security needs of the nation. Fiscal Year 2016: none projected.
Maritime Education and Training Act of 1936, Public Law 96-453, 46 U.S.C 51501 - 51511.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State institutions of higher educatoin. Assistance is limited to one maritime academy in any one State.
Students, meeting eligibility requirements.
Formal application from State Governor setting forth evidence of establishment of school; State appropriation funds must be provided to the SMA’s that must match the federal funds provided by MARAD in direct payments; suitable curriculum and facilities. Maintain the training vessels in accordance with US Coast Guard regulations and maintain safety and seaworthiness guidelines. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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
Need for training must be established and school must satisfy established maritime training standards The final award is approved by the Maritime Administrator.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Federal/State contracts for assistance automatically extended year by year unless cancelled.
How are proposals selected?
See Credentials/Documentation section of this program.
How may assistance be used?
Operation and maintenance of State Maritime Schools/Academies; maintenance and repair of training vessels loaned by Federal Government; student incentive payments to selected U.S. qualified students. Students, meeting eligibility requirements.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Semester enrollment by class. Annual cost analysis of school operation. Other at request of the Maritime Administrator. Annual submission of State contributions. Semester enrollment by class. Annual cost analysis of school operation. Other at request of the Maritime Administrator. SF-425. Semester enrollment by class. Annual repair and maintenance as needed. Other at request of the Maritime Administrator.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. .In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular 2 CFR 200 nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular 2 CFR 200.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Annual assistance payments of $600,000 to the 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.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Annual payments to the schools are given normally on a lump-sum basis. SIP payments are paid directly to the students per semester. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: lump sum, or per semester directly to financial institutions.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. (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 A&M Maritime Academy, Galveston, TX 77550; California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA 94591; Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Anne Wehde 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-5469.
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 $17,300,000; FY 15 est $18,500,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Annual assistance payment of $600,000 to each regional school provided State matches funds and admits eligible out-of-state student. A subsistence of $8,000 per academic year, not to exceed 4 years, paid to selected students in good standing in the Student Incentive Payment (SIP) Program, NTE a total of 300 students.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
46 CFR 310A; Standard college catalogs are available from the schools listed below .
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: SMA Program – consisting of SIP Program 2.4M; Direct Support Payment 3.6M, Fuel Assistance 1.2M and Schoolship Maintenance Funded 11.3 M Total of 18.5M for the SMA Program. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available