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Passport to College is a college readiness program for high school juniors and seniors. Passport brings together a cohort of first-generation Boston Public School students and supports them throughout their journey through college. The program incorporates a workshop-based, holistic approach that enables students to develop the skills, motivation and determination necessary to enter and successfully complete college. The strategy of Passport includes an emphasis on community, exploration, key 21st Century Skills, parent involvement, and peer learning.
  • Afterschool program meeting weekly, for 2 hours a week during the school year
    • Juniors meet Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm
    • Seniors meet Thursdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Weekly attendance is mandatory to participate in the program
  • Workshops are held at the Boston HERC office in the South End
  • College Trips and other special events scheduled throughout the year
  • Students will be eligible for a free Chromebook or college scholarship upon program completion 
  • Low or moderate income and/or first generation college student (parents/guardians have not received a bachelors degree or higher in the USA)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 scale. if your school uses an alternative scale, ask your Guidance Counselor to help you convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale.
  • Students and parents must complete all application requirements and attend an orientation session
  • A desire to attend college/university
  • Application form: This form, completed online.
  • Two (2) recommendations: At least one from a Guidance Counselor or Teacher
  • High School Transcript
  • Mandatory Orientation: attended by a student and parent
  • Short Student Interview
  • Verification of family income: Must provide a copy of ONE of the following items:

Most recently filed Income Tax Return

Recent Paystub

MassHealth Card

Written proof of eligibility for free or reduced lunch or other assistance

  • Signed copy of Passport Agreement by student and parent/legal guardian. 
Student Information

I am a "First Generation College Student" if, neither of my parents finished a 4-year college degree in the U.S. Even if, (1) They finished college in another country, or (2) I have a brother or sister who either finished college or is in college now.

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