Passport to Careers
The Passport to Careers program helps students, who were in foster care or homeless without a parent or guardian, prepare for and succeed in college, apprenticeships, or pre-apprenticeship programs.
Under the Passport to Careers program, there are two sub-programs:
- Passport to College
- Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities
Passport to College
Through the Passport to College program, students receive a scholarship that helps with the cost of going to college. Students also get extra support from college staff and priority consideration for State Work Study.
In the 2018-19 school year, the program served about 316 students, with a maximum annual award of $4,500.
Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities
The Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities program helps students in registered apprenticeships or pre-apprenticeship programs. Students can get help with covering costs such as tuition for classes, fees, work clothes, rain gear, boots, and tools.
The Washington Student Achievement Council works with ANEW to manage the Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities program.
Passport to Careers: Eligibility Requirements
Passport students must:
Have been in Washington state, federal, or tribal foster care after age 14 or have experienced unaccompanied homelessness in the last school year.
Enroll at least half-time in an eligible college, apprenticeship, or pre-apprenticeship by their 22nd birthday.
Maintain Washington residency.
Not pursue a degree in theology.
Be working toward earning their first bachelor’s degree, associate degree, certificate, pre-apprenticeship, or apprenticeship.
Passport to College Eligibility: Apply for financial aid
Students who want to participate in Passport to College must also complete a FAFSA or WASFA to be considered eligible. Providers for the Supplemental Education Transition Planning (SETuP) program may be able to assist students with completing their financial aid and admissions applications.
Passport-eligible students looking for detailed information on preparing, applying, and paying for college, apprenticeship, or pre-apprenticeship programs can find more information in the Passport to Careers Guide.
More support for Passport students
Forty-five colleges throughout Washington have committed to providing extra support services to students who are eligible for Passport. These colleges have a designated support staff (DSS) person to help Passport students through college.
Apply: Complete the Passport Consent Form
Students who have experienced tribal foster care must complete the Passport Tribal Verification Form.
Unaccompanied homeless youth do not need to complete a consent form. Instead, they need to contact the financial aid office at their college or ANEW.
Send completed forms to:
Washington Student Achievement Council
Passport to Careers Program
PO Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504-3430
Get more information
Phone: 1-888-535-0747, option 3
More opportunities for students from foster care
- Independent Living Program
- Transitional Living Program
Foster youth and unaccompanied homeless youth in Washington may be eligible for postsecondary preparation and support through the Supplemental Education and Transition Program (SETuP).
Learn more about why students who were in foster care are likely to have their classes paid for at most Washington State colleges.
Disclaimer: The 2018 Legislature established the Passport to Careers program to help more Washington students—specifically those who have been in foster care—prepare for careers. Changes implemented since July 2018 include expanded eligibility to youth in Washington state foster care, the federal unaccompanied refugee minors program, interstate compact program, and tribal foster care, and to unaccompanied homeless youth. In addition to college, students who prefer to enter the trades may participate in pre-apprenticeships or apprenticeships. The legislation also adds eligibility for unaccompanied homeless youth beginning July 1, 2019. Program updates are currently being developed for phased-in implementation. Continue to check this page for updates.