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First Passport Grant


The First Passport Grant aims to break down one of the barriers to meaningful international travel by funding passports for Bobcats. 

Did you know that an adult U.S. Passport lasts for up to 10 years and gives you the ability to travel all over the world? Applying for and receiving your first passport opens up a world of possibilities, including study abroad, internships abroad, and volunteer experiences abroad. If you’re unsure about what a passport is and why you might need one, check out this short video from HowStuffWorks.  

Students that are selected will also receive support and advising on the passport application process. If you are a student that does not fit the eligibility criteria outlined below, OGO can still provide support and advising on the passport application process. 

Student Eligibility 

  1. Must be enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student at Ohio University 

  2. Must be a US citizen by birth or naturalization or U.S. national (i.e. native of American Samoa or Swain's Island).

  3. Must be applying for a first adult US passport (using DS-11 form, not renewing a previous passport) 

    • Applicants who have recently applied for a passport (since August 1, 2023) will be eligible for the award and be required to show a copy of their receipt in order to receive the award.

    • If you are planning to participate in a Winter Break 23/24, Spring Semester 2024, or Spring Break 2024 program - Do not wait to hear if you've received the passport grant before submitting your passport application! Apply now and keep the receipt. If you receive the passport grant, you will be reimbursed up to the $165 this award covers. 

  4. Must qualify for financial aid according to the guidelines determined by the Ohio University Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. All applicants must have a FAFSA on file at the time of application to be considered for an award.

Preference will be given to:

  • First- or second-year undergraduate students
  • Students who receive the Federal Pell Grant

Award Amount 

The award amount is $165. The $165 will cover the costs for (1) the application fee of a U.S. passport book ($130), (2) the execution/acceptance fee ($35).

This award will not cover other fees, which may include passport photos, expedited delivery fees, or travel expenses to submit application materials at the nearest passport application processing center.  


Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM

How to Apply

Applications are to be submitted via Qualtrics using the following link:

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