ORCA Opportunity Youth Program

Update: 11/01/21: ALL Seattle Public middle school students, regardless of income, are now eligible for a fully-subsidized ORCA card for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you previously applied for a card and were denied, please reapply to receive your card. You can request a card here:  

https://civiform.seattle.gov/programs/orca-youth-opportunity-sdot 

*Students whose applications are submitted by Monday at 12pm will have their ORCA card delivered to their school office by Wednesday of the same week. Students will need to go to their school's office to pick up their ORCA card within two weeks of delivery. Students whose applications are submitted after Monday at 12pm will have their ORCA card delivered the following week. 

High school and middle school students at Seattle Public Schools receive a free, unlimited 12-month ORCA card valid through August 31, 2022.  The ORCA cards provide no cost, unlimited transit on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit, and Seattle Center Monorail. The ORCA cards may not be used on Washington State Ferries. 

High school students

  • All Seattle Public High School students are eligible for a free, unlimited use ORCA card
  • Learn more about your ORCA Card HERE!
  • In order to pick up a card, all High School students must complete a Conditions of Use Form, which you can find here: 21-22 Conditions of Use Form
  • High school students may pick up their ORCA card at orientation or the first day of school. Your school administrator will have the most up-to-date information about when your student can pick up their card.
  • All card replacements will be handled by Seattle Public Schools Transportation Department. Students will need to pay the replacement fee to the staff in the main office or attendance office to initiate the replacement process. Card replacement fees are $5.50 for the first card and $25 for each subsequent replacement.

Middle school student

  • All Seattle Public middle school students are eligible for a free, unlimited-use ORCA card. Cards are delivered to schools every Tuesday and Wednesday, starting November 9. 
  • Learn more about how to use an ORCA card HERE or watch a short video from our friends at King County Metro. 
  • To receive an ORCA card, please complete an online application, which includes King County Metro's Conditions of Use form.  You can apply at this link: ORCA Opportunity MS Youth Application 
  • *If you have significant challenges accessing the weblink, you may complete a paper application HERE
    Administrators- If a family needs to complete a paper application, please enter the information from their application to the website on their behalf.
  • If you previously applied for a middle school ORCA card for the 2021-22 academic year and were denied, please complete a new application to receive a card.

  • Students who were in the program last year do not need to complete a new application. The City will verify continued eligibility and then issue the students new ORCA cards.
  • Students who receive a Middle School card through the City of Seattle ORCA Opportunity program will not be required to pay a replacement fee for a lost or damaged card. 
  • All other card replacements will be handled by Seattle Public Schools Transportation Department. Students will need to pay the replacement fee to the staff in the main office or attendance office to initiate the replacement process. Card replacement fees are $5.50 for the first card and $25 for each subsequent replacement. 

If you have any additional questions, please email ORCAOpportunity@seattle.gov or call/text 206-256-ORCA (6722).