Improving Higher Education Outcomes for
Students from Foster Care
The Washington Passport Network is a statewide collective impact initiative committed to supporting students from foster care and the adult professionals they rely on.
Who We Are
If you are a professional working to support students from foster care, or those experiencing unaccompanied homelessness, in accessing, persisting, or completing post-secondary education or apprenticeships in Washington state, then we consider you a member of the Washington Passport Network.
Currently, 45 post-secondary institutions participate in Passport to Careers. This means that: 1.) campus leadership has made serving Passport scholars effectively a campus-wide priority, 2.) single points of contact are designated for Passport scholars for both student support services and financial aid, and 3.) tailored support services are provided to Passport scholars. Find contact information for Passport to Careers campus champions here.
Passport to Careers (PTC)
Financial Aid and Direct Student Support
Passport to Careers (PTC) 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, PTC helps Passport scholars enroll, persist, and complete their post-secondary programs or apprenticeships.
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 as of July 1, 2019. More detailed eligibility information can be found in our FAQ, in the 2019-20 PTC program manual, and on our resources page in the college section. Students who think they may be eligible should submit the PTC Consent Form for verification.
Provide Technical Assistance (TA)
Our team of experts provides customized TA to post-secondary institutions adopting and implementing Passport to Careers student support strategies on their campuses. Request TA here.
Share Knowledge and Stories of Impact
We’re constantly scanning our network and the national landscape to identify effective student support practices, model policies, and relevant research. We facilitate regional and statewide professional development events for our members. We use our blog as a platform to share stories of impact to highlight the accomplishments of WPN members and the students they serve.
Facilitate Stakeholder Contribution and Leadership
In partnership with the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), our team convenes quarterly meetings of the Passport Leadership Team. The PLT is a 30-member advisory body representing schools, nonprofit, and state organizations from all areas of our state that advises WSAC on Passport to Careers policy and practice issues.
Regional Service Coordination Groups (RSCGs)
We provide planning and facilitative support to help empower RSCGs in central and eastern Washington. Led by members of local schools and non-profit organizations, RSCGs promote a cross-sector, student-centered approach to regional wraparound service delivery for students from foster care through collaboration, service coordination, and intervention.
Juliette Schindler Kelly
Director of Public Affairs & Strategic Partnerships
College Success Foundation
Leadership and Partnerships
College Success Foundation is committed to providing supports and scholarships to inspire underserved, low-income students to finish high school, graduate from college, and succeed in life. Members of CSF’s Statewide Initiatives team staff the WPN.
Established as a cabinet-level state agency on July 1, 2012, the Washington Student Achievement Council provides strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy to support increased student success and higher levels of educational attainment in Washington.
The Passport to Careers program helps former foster youth and unaccompanied homeless youth prepare for and succeed in college, apprenticeships, or pre-apprenticeship programs. Under the Passport to Careers program, there are two sub-programs: Passport to College and Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities.
- Through the Passport to College program, 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 Washington College Grant and State Work Study programs.
- The Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities program will assist students participating in registered apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs with covering occupational-specific costs such as tuition for classes, fees, work clothes, rain gear, boots, and occupation-related tools.