Passport to College

Services for current or former foster youth and unaccompanied homeless youth

Passport to College was founded in 2008 after the Passport to College Promise Scholarship program was created by the state of Washington in 2007 to help students from foster care attend and succeed in college. The program was initially authorized as a six- year pilot and was made permanent in the 2012 Legislative session. In 2018, the Legislature 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. Passport helps identified students prepare for, attend, and succeed in college. Participants receive scholarships to make college more affordable and are provided with holistic advising in academic, career, financial, personal, and social matters to persist, engage, and succeed in college.

At Bellevue College, we are committed to supporting your success in college by providing you with resources to assist you on your educational journey. These include:

  • Financial Aid guidance and assistance
  • Academic advising and education planning
  • Personal guidance and support
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Textbook and laptop lending program
  • Study skills development
  • Transfer planning
  • Accessing resources for former foster youth
  • Assisting with transportation, including ORCA passes and parking permits
  • Advocacy

For more information, contact:
Barbara Brodsky, Director, TRIO Student Support Services
Designated Support Staff, Passport to College

Office Location: U219A

Schedule an ONLINE Advising Appointment. Schedule an IN-PERSON Advising Appointment.

Last Updated November 2, 2023