The Passport to College Promise Scholarship program helps students from foster care prepare for and succeed in college. Through Passport, students receive a scholarship that assists with the cost of attending college (tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation, and some personal expenses), specialized support services from college staff, and priority consideration for the State Need Grant and State Work Study programs.

The Passport to College Program Advisor provides educational access, follow along support, and transition services for Passport eligible and ineligible youth from care. Former students and students experiencing an educational stop out may also receive services related to re-employment, college reengagement and college transition. Services may include, but are not limited to:

Educational access services

Follow along supports

Transition services

  • Early outreach and college orientation
  • Navigation of financial aid and college entrance processes
  • Career and academic planning
  • Coordination of basic needs
  • Interagency collaboration
  • Ongoing career and academic advising
  • Academic and life  problem solving
  • Coordination of financial aid and financial award planning
  • Referral to services
  • Transfer planning
  • University application assistance
  • Job search, resume and cover letter assistance
  • Mock interviews


Indirect services to Passport students

The following services are available to all Students at WCC. Passport eligible and non-eligible youth from care are provided with appropriate referral to these services on a case by case basis. Indirect services may include, but are not limited to:

  • WAVE new student orientation
  • Educational Planning 100 (first year experience class)
  • Personal counseling
  • Tutoring
  • Access to the Math and Writing Center
  • Job search and resume writing


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
  • Be working toward earning their first bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or certificate. 
To apply, complete the Passport Consent Form.
Send it to us at:
Washington Student Achievement Council
Passport for Foster Youth Promise Program
PO Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504-3430
Fax: 360.704.6246