Seattle Promise

Seattle Promise Scholars

Seattle Promise is the City of Seattle's college tuition and student success program designed to provide the financial support and personal guidance needed to thrive in college. The program is open to all Seattle public high school graduates regardless of grade point average (GPA), income or country of birth. 

For more information about the Seattle Promise Program and eligibility, check out this page! In addition to college tuition, the City of Seattle ORCA Opportunity Program provides Seattle Promise Scholars with a free, unlimited use ORCA card while enrolled in the program.  

2021-2022 School Year

ORCA cards for the 2021-2022 school year will be mailed to first year Promise Scholars who complete a registration form. The form will be sent to Scholars virtually during Summer Bridge on September 14,15, and 20, 2021. If you miss Summer Bridge, you will still have an opportunity to complete a form and have an ORCA card mailed to you. Please contact Seattle Promise staff with additional questions about Summer Bridge or how to access a link for an ORCA card.

Second and third year Promise Scholars can continue using the same card they received during their first year; you do not need to fill out the form for an ORCA card.

For more information about how to use your new ORCA Card, please reference our new digital handout! It also includes information about where you can use your new card and tips to help you navigate public transportation across the region.

If you have a lost/ damaged card or any additional questions, please email ORCAOpportunity@seattle.gov or call/text 206-256-ORCA (6722). All replacement cards will be issued at no cost.