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, 2021.  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 may pick up their ORCA card at orientation or the first day of school or contact their school administrator for more information.

High school students

  • All Seattle Public High School students are eligible for a free, unlimited use ORCA card
  • High school students may pick up their ORCA card at orientation or the first day of school.
  • All card replacement 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

*UPDATE (2/4/2021) - SDOT is waiving income eligibility for students who live 0-1.5 miles from their schools. Students must still complete an application, but do not need to check the income eligibility box. Cards provided for students who are not income eligible will be valid through June 30, 2021.

  • Students who were in the program last year do not need to complete a new application. The City will verify these students are still not eligible for transportation from Seattle Public Schools 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. 

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.