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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 all passport expenses paid for by the College of Biological Sciences.

Interested students must apply by February 15, 2021. 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.


February 15, 2021

Application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

February 22, 2021

Students will be notified of their acceptance status by this date. Instructions regarding next steps will also be contained in the email. Students should begin collecting the required application materials.


February 23-March 14, 2021

Students will schedule and attend two meetings: 

Meeting 1: A 30-minute meeting with the CBS
Study Abroad Advisor to collect and review
application materials prior to their appointment
with the UMN Passport Office.

Meeting 2: A meeting with the UMN Passport
Office in which they will get a passport photo
taken and submit their passport application. For
Passport Office hours and appointment
information, see:

March 15, 2021

Deadline to complete both appointments and submit a passport application.


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

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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