Have you been homeless? Do you want to continue your education or start a career in a trade? The Passport to Careers program can assist you on your journey toward a postsecondary education or apprenticeship. It provides financial assistance and support services, if you meet the following criteria:
- Homeless or in Foster Care: You experienced unaccompanied homelessness (without a parent or guardian) during the prior school year, or were in the care of the Washington State, tribal, or federal foster care system. (See chart at right for eligibility dates.)
- State Resident: You are a resident of Washington, or your case is based in Washington State.
- You are or will be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible institution of higher education or a recognized pre-apprenticeship or registered apprenticeship program in Washington before turning 22.
- You are not planning to pursue a degree in theology.
- You have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree.
Application Process: Download the consent form
Passport to Careers Eligibility Expansion:
- July 2018: In foster care after age 15.
- July 2019: In foster care after age 14 or experienced unaccompanied homelessness in the prior school year.
- July 2020: In foster care after age 13.
Passport to College:
- Through the Passport to College program, students receive support services from college staff, a scholarship that assists with the cost of attending college, and priority consideration for the State Need Grant and State Work Study programs.
- Passport to Apprenticeships
The Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities:
- Will assist students participating in registered apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs with covering costs such as tuition, fees, work clothes, and occupation-related tools.
Make sure you visit your College & Career Center if you have any additional questions.