Youth ORCA Program

2017 – 2018 School Year

The program is accepting new applications! Download the 2017 – 2018 application here. Students may submit completed applications to or the front office of their school.

Replace lost ORCA cards

If a student loses their ORCA card during the summer, they must wait until the school year starts to replace the lost card. The first card replacement is $5, all subsequent replacements are $25.

About the program

The City of Seattle's Youth ORCA program distributes ORCA cards to high school and middle school students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools that are not eligible for an ORCA card from the Seattle Public Schools. To be eligible, high school and middle school students must live in a household that is within the income thresholds listed in the table (same income requirement as ORCA LIFT). The ORCA cards are valid on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, and Everett Transit.


The Youth ORCA program is funded with Proposition 1 funding. The annual program budget is $1 million. This program funding is expected for five years, through 2020. For more information on Proposition 1 funding, visit this website.

Contact Information

Program email:
(206) 256-ORCA (6722)