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College of Biological Sciences Passport Program

The goal of the College of Biological Sciences Passport Program is to help students remove one of the first barriers to studying abroad: obtaining a passport. Students selected for this program will receive assistance in the passport application process and will have their passport paid for by the College of Biological Sciences.

Interested students must apply by October 9, 2019. Late applications will not be considered for the program.

Required eligibility for the College of Biological Sciences Passport Program is the following: 

  • UMNTC Student
  • 18 years old or older
  • US citizen
  • Full-time degree seeking student in the College of Biological Sciences
  • Applying for your first passport (passport renewals are ineligible)

Preference is given to students who:

  • Demonstrate financial need by having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less for the previous or current academic year on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid);
  • Plan to participate in a learning abroad program during their undergraduate career at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities;
  • Freshman or Sophomore class standing.


October 9, 2019

Application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

October 16, 2019

Students will be notified of their acceptance status by this date.

Accepted students will be sent an online orientation that they are required to watch outlining the application process. Students are then responsible for gathering the required application materials.

October 17 - November 8, 2019

Students will schedule two 30-minute meetings OR one 60-minute meeting.

Meeting 1: A study abroad program selection advising appointment during the students will learn about programs that can work with their academic and professional goals.

Meeting 2: A document verification appointment during which the student will bring all application materials with them to the meeting in order to verify that they have completed and gathered all of the necessary documentation. Students will also take their passport photo at the Learning Abroad Center.

Students who are found not to have the correct materials during their first meeting will be required to set up another documentation verification appointment. 

Upon completion of both meetings, students will be allowed to schedule their 15-minute passport application processing appointment.


Students will come in during their 15-minutes scheduled appointment time for passport application processing. Students will receive their passports in 4-8 weeks.


All submissions are final, meaning students cannot modify their application once it has been submitted.

Expected Family Contribution

As preference is given to students having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less for the previous or current academic year on the FAFSA, we also recommend that student look up this information and have it available prior to starting the application.

Students may access this information by contacting OneStop directly or viewing it in 

  • Step 1: Sign into My U and click the "My Finances" tab
  • Step 2: Under the "Financial Aid" section select an aid year & Twin Cities Campus, Step 3: Financial Aid Awarding click select the "respond to your awards" link
  • Step 4: Select "Financial Aid year 2019-2020" and view the "Financial Aid Summary"

If you are still having issues finding this information, please contact OneStop for assistance.

Application Essay

The application does contain one essay question. It is recommended that applicants write their essay separately and then copy and paste it into the application.

Essay Question: How would receiving a passport assist you in your academic, personal, or career goals? Please limit your response to 300 words. 

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