ORCA Opportunity Youth Program

High school and income-eligible middle school students at Seattle Public Schools receive a free, unlimited 12-month ORCA card valid through August 31, 2022.  The ORCA cards provide no cost, unlimited transit on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit, and Seattle Center Monorail. The ORCA cards may not be used on Washington State Ferries. 

High school students

  • All Seattle Public High School students are eligible for a free, unlimited use ORCA card
  • Learn more about your ORCA Card HERE!
  • In order to pick up a card, all High School students must complete a Conditions of Use Form, which you can find here: 21-22 Conditions of Use Form
  • High school students may pick up their ORCA card at orientation or the first day of school. Your school administrator will have the most up-to-date information about when your student can pick up their card.
  • All card replacements will be handled by Seattle Public Schools Transportation Department. Students will need to pay the replacement fee to the staff in the main office or attendance office to initiate the replacement process. Card replacement fees are $5.50 for the first card and $25 for each subsequent replacement.

Income-qualified middle school students

  • To be eligible for an ORCA card, middle school students must be income-qualified and ineligible for transportation from Seattle Public Schools. Applications for income-eligible middle school students for the 2021-2022 school year are now available. You can apply at this link: ORCA Opportunity MS Youth Application 
    *If you have significant challenges accessing the weblink, you may complete a paper application HERE
    Administrators- If a family needs to complete a paper application, please enter the information from their application to the website on their behalf.
  • Students who were in the program last year do not need to complete a new application. The City will verify continued eligibility and then issue the students new ORCA cards. Middle school ORCA cards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Students who receive a Middle School card through the City of Seattle ORCA Opportunity program will not be required to pay a replacement fee for a lost or damaged card. 
  • All other card replacements will be handled by Seattle Public Schools Transportation Department. Students will need to pay the replacement fee to the staff in the main office or attendance office to initiate the replacement process. Card replacement fees are $5.50 for the first card and $25 for each subsequent replacement. 

Middle School Income Eligibility Table

Please reference the graphic below to determine what the next steps are for you and your middle school student to get an ORCA Opportunity card: 

If you have any additional questions, please email ORCAOpportunity@seattle.gov or call/text 206-256-ORCA (6722). For more information about the ORCA Opportunity Program, please see the ORCA Opportunity FAQ.