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Passport to College Program
Community Based (Afterschool) Application ~
2021-2022 School Year

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Program Description

Passport to College is a college readiness program for high school Juniors and Seniors. The Passport program brings together a cohort of first-generation youth and supports them throughout their journey through college.

During Junior and Senior year, we meet weekly to participate in interactive workshops and journey together through the college process. The strategy of Passport includes an emphasis on community, self-exploration, key 21st Century Skills, providing 1-on-1 support, and having fun together.

Community Based Program Overview

Afterschool program meeting weekly, for 2 hours a week during the school year
    • Juniors (Class of 2023) meet Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm
    • Seniors (Class or 2022) meet Wednesdays, 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 
    (62 Northampton St.- 4th Floor)
  • College Trips and other special events scheduled throughout the year
  • Students will be eligible for a free Chromebook or college scholarship upon program completion

     Eligibility Guidelines:
  • 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.
  • Students and parents must complete all application requirements and attend an orientation session
  • A desire to attend college/university

     Application Requirements:
  • Application form: This form, completed online.
  • Recommendation: At least one recommendation 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. 

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