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Disclaimer: With the passing of Senate Bill 6274, the Legislature expanded eligibility for the Passport program. Program updates are currently being developed for phased-in implementation. Continue to check this page for updates.

The Passport to College Promise Scholarship program helps students from foster care prepare for and succeed in college. In the 2016-17 academic year, the program served about 340 students, with a maximum annual award of $4,500.

Through Passport, students receive a scholarship that assists with the cost of attending college (tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation, and some personal expenses), support services from college staff, and priority consideration for the State Need Grant and State Work Study programs. 

Foster youth in Washington who have not yet graduated from high school may be eligible for postsecondary preparation and support through the Supplemental Education and Transition Program (SETuP).

To meet eligibility requirements, Passport students must:

  • Spend at least one year in foster care in Washington State after their 16th birthday.

  • Emancipate from care on or after January 1, 2007.

  • Enroll at least half-time in an eligible college by their 22nd birthday.

  • Maintain Washington residency.

  • Not pursue a degree in theology.

  • Be working toward earning their first bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or certificate.

If approved for Passport, students must notify the college financial aid office of their eligibility. They also can contact the Designated Support Staff person at their college to begin receiving help for navigating through college.

Additional support for Passport students

Forty-seven colleges throughout Washington have committed to developing a viable plan for providing support services to students who are eligible for Passport. These colleges have a designated support staff (DSS) person to help Passport students navigate through college. 

Passport students may also opt-in for personalized help and support services from the College Success Foundation.

To apply, complete the Passport Consent Form.

Send it to:
Washington Student Achievement Council
Passport for Foster Youth Promise Program
PO Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504-3430
Fax: 360-704-6246

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Phone: 1-888-535-0747, option 3