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Passport to College is Washington state’s publicly-funded scholarship and support program for students from foster care and those who have experienced unaccompanied homelessness. Through enhanced financial aid and tailored support services, Passport to College helps Passport scholars enroll, persist, and complete their post-secondary programs or apprenticeships.

Passport Scholars

Students who have experienced state, Federal, or tribal foster care in Washington after the age of 13 are eligible for PTC. Additionally, unaccompanied homeless youth are now eligible.

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