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Passport Support

​​​​​Need a free passport? DePaul Study Abroad with support from the IIE American Passport Project will fund a total of 50 passports for in Fall Quarter 2023!​ Note: There are a few spots left, so complete the survey below if you are interested!


Students must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this grant:

  • First-time passport applicant (you have never had a U.S. passport)
  • First-year student status preferred
  • Federal Pell grant-eligible (check your financial aid)
  • Student of color and/or first-generation student
If you do not meet all of these criteria, Study Abroad can still advise you as you apply for your passport, but we cannot pay the fees.​


The following steps are required to receive your free passport through the IIE American Passport Project grant:
  1. Complete this survey​ to confirm your eligibility
  2. Receive an email from DePaul Study Abroad notifying you of your acceptance to the IIE American Passport Project and directing you to sign up for a mandatory meeting date and time
  3. Collect your required passport application docu​ments​ (these will be repeated in your email from Study Abroad); note: you will need an original birth certificate (not a copy)
  4. Meet with Study Abroad to review your documents, make an application submission appointment, and receive funding
  5. Attend your passport submission appointment at a U.S. Postal Service office and submit all application documents
  6. Receive your new p​assport in the mail
  7. Study abroad!​


Yes! If you meet all eligibility criteria and funding is available, DePaul and the IIE American Passport Project will pay your passport fees, a total of $165.

Yes! You can apply for a study abroad program before you have a passport. Once you are accepted to a program, you need to apply for a passport right away in order to receive it in time to travel. See a list of programs currently accepting applications.

If accepted to the IIE American Passport Project, Study Abroad will send you a checklist of required documents. You can preview this on the U.S. Department of State website.

No, unfortunately, these funds are only available Fall Quarter 2023. Passports are valid for 10 years, so get it now.

Your passport will be delivered to you by mail. See current processing times to understand how long it will take. Your documents, e.g. birth certificate, will be returned to you in a separate mailing.