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September 30, 2018 11:59 pm EST

First-year or new transfer students who are eligible, but have not obtained their U.S. passport

Funding for first-year or new transfer students to obtain their first U.S. passport

Brandy Arellano

ID# 1416 | Last Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

NOTE: If you are not eligible for the Passport to Go! program, you can still apply for or renew a U.S. passport on campus at the annual UNC Global Passport Drive held in mid-November. Learn more about the drive and what documents you may need to bring.


Seeded by a grant from the UNC Parents Council and sustained by the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund and UNC alumni, this award provides funding for first-year or new transfer students to obtain their first U.S. passport. The primary goal of this award is to encourage students to begin participating in global opportunities early in their academic careers.


To be eligible for the award, the student must:

  • Be a first-year or new transfer undergraduate student
  • Demonstrate financial need by either: (a) being eligible for need-based financial aid at UNC or (b) providing a statement detailing the specific situation and need for this support.
  • Have never before held, but is eligible to apply for, a U.S. passport
  • Agree to all of the award requirements as listed below (Some exceptions for official and excused absences can be made with prior approval.)
  • Be willing to explore global opportunities through service, study, research or professional experiences both locally and abroad

Available Funding & Disbursement

The award amount of $145 covers the application cost for a U.S. passport, and it will be disbursed at the annual UNC Global Passport Drive. Recipients will be expected to cover the cost of passport photos ($7 to $15).

Notification of Award

Applicants will be notified approximately two weeks after the application deadline via email. Please do not contact the Center for Global Initiatives to inquire about the status of your application during this time frame.

Award Requirements

Students will be required to…

Students are also encouraged to…

  • Complete periodic evaluations over the next four years
  • Attend focus groups aimed at improving global opportunities

Application Instructions

The entire application process is completed online, and you can view a preview of the full application before you begin. The application consists of the following:

  • Basic biographical information
  • Two short answer questions

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