Albany-- New, strict government rules require everyone traveling out of the country to have a U.S. passport. Now Albany State University's President is making it a requirement on campus.
Under a new passport initiative, all incoming ASU freshmen are required to get one. The school says we're now living in a global economy and students need to be prepared for it. But a passport can be expensive especially for students.
Albany State is helping out where they can. They're providing free pictures. Students also get free rides to the post office.
"It is the goal of Albany State and Dr. Freeman that our students not miss out on any opportunities and that they are prepared and ready to study abroad, to do internships in other countries, to visit other countries so our students will have a competitive edge," said Dr. Stephanie Harris-Jolly with Albany State.
The price for the passport itself is included in new student orientation fees. All ASU staff members will also have to obtain passports under the new initiative.