Non-Lift ORCA Program

There have been changes to the Non-Lift ORCA Program starting Summer 2016 regarding the process of obtaining, renewing your Non-Lift ORCA card, and subsidies. Please see below for key changes.

  • Transportation & Parking Services Department sells subsidized ORCA cards in office.
  • These ORCA cards will have $2.75 (1 zone peak) or $3.25 (2 zone peak) monthly passes for full months within the duration of the quarter or semester as well as additional E-purse funds.
  • Monthly passes and preloaded E-purse funds are subsidized at a rate of 50%, additional E-purse funds added to the ORCA card will not be subsidized.
  • Prices and ORCA product information are avaliable here.

The Non-Lift Orca subsidy program for the 2015-2016 academic year has ended. Receipts and subsidy requests are no longer being accepted or processed.

Please note that Transportation Program Policies are subject to change at any time.


Launched by King County Metro in 2015 and accepted by Sound Transit, the ORCA LIFT card is a reduced fare transit passed for eligible riders. Seattle University supports this program and will subsidize half of the total cost to students who secure a Seattle University-associated ORCA LIFT.

  • King County Metro Transit Monthly passes are $54, bringing the total cost to $162 per quarter -or- $216 per semester.
  • Sound Transit Monthly Passes are $99 for 2 zone (county) travel, bringing the total cost to $297 per quarter -or- $396 per semester.

Students are responsible for paying half the total cost and Seattle University will subsidize the other half. Subsidies will be loaded on to the Orca LIFT card as E-Purse value. It is the student's responsibility to convert E-Purse to monthly pass. Orca limits the maximum E-Purse balance at $300. The University matches qualifying subsidy requests up to $81 per quarter and $108 for the semester. If the University subsidy would cause your E-Purse value to exceed the maximum Orca balance, those additional funds will be forfeited. 

Note: If you live outside of King County, please view here for more pricing information.

Note: This ORCA LIFT card is not associated in any way with Seattle University's former ORCA card program. Please visit the links below for additional information.

Please note that Transportation Program Policies are subject to change at any time. 

Obtaining an ORCA LIFT Card

Obtaining a Lift Subsidy

Public Safety & Transportation
901 12th Avenue
USVC 102

Seattle, WA 98122-1090
(206) 296-5992

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Notice: We will be closed

Friday March 30th and

Monday April 2nd