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Emory Free Passport Initiative

In an increasingly interconnected world, getting a passport is a crucial first step in gaining international exposure to enhance global education. However, limited access to resources prevents many students from participating in activities abroad. To champion student flourishing and increase equitable access to global education experiences, the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives' Atlanta Global Partnerships implemented the Emory Free Passport Initiative, a program that covers the costs of a U.S. passport application and/or renewal fees for a limited number of Emory students who receive financial aid. 

In addition to funding for passports, the Emory Free Passport Initiative brings passport processing professionals to campus on select Emory Passport Days to further reduce barriers to U.S. passport application and renewal. 

This initiative is supported by Emory Global Student Travel Support. Sponsor a student’s passport fees of $170 ($130 passport book, $35 processing fee, and $5 photo) by donating to the fund here.


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How To Apply

The Emory Free Passport Initiative is open to currently enrolled Emory students receiving financial aid.

Accepted applicants will be scheduled for a dedicated appointment during an Emory Passport Day. Please be sure to complete and bring all items listed on the checklist.

Faculty, staff, and students who do not qualify for the Emory Free Passport Initiative are welcome to submit an application for an Emory Passport Day appointment during the application period, but the associated passport fees will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Please note: Appointments are limited, and priority will be given to students on Emory Passport Days. 

A special thanks to Delta Air Lines for its generous support during the fall 2023 cycle.

If you would like to support the Emory Free Passport Initiative, we are grateful for donations, which can be made here

Fall 2024 Emory Passport Days: TBA

For questions about the Emory Free Passport Initiative, please email

For general information about U.S. passports from the U.S. Department of State, please visit their website or call the U.S. Department of State at (877) 487-2778.

A Recipe for Applying in Person for a U.S. Passport

Applying in person for a U.S. passport is as easy as following a recipe. With this step by step video guide, the U.S. Department of State gives you all of the ingredients you’ll need to make a passport.

If you have any questions or are interested in future collaboration, contact Obse Ababiya, Associate Director, Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives.
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