Western Michigan University has opened a passport processing facility on its Kalamazoo campus, offering discounted services to students and employees with a valid university ID.
According to the Western Michigan website, the facility is fully certified as a national passport center, and the process can be completed in a scheduled 30-minute appointment or at a walk-in time. The office will be available to the general public, but with a valid student ID the $25 processing fee will be waived. For non-university individuals the necessary photos required for the application process will cost $10, and free for WMU students and faculty.
There are two fees required to process each application that may be paid by personal check or money order. First, an application fee of $110 for adults made payable to the U.S. Department of State, and a processing fee of $25 payable to the university that is waived for students and employees.
Fees vary based on the applicant’s age and whether it is a new passport or an old one the student wants to be renewed. The processing fee will always be waived with a valid student ID, and there is never a fee for passport photos making it a much more affordable option for students than applying for a passport elsewhere.
The fees assessed to those outside the Western Michigan University community go directly to covering the costs of shipping, photos and other expenses that required for the organization to offer the discounted service to students. The passport processing office will reside in the university’s Haenicke Institute of Global Education, which is also the organization responsible for arranging Western Michigan’s study abroad programs and overseas guests.