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Youth Pass Eligibility

The Youth Pass Program offers reduced fares to young adults with low income. The program is a partnership between the T and participating cities and towns.

Youth Pass CharlieCards can be loaded with:

  • Cash value for roughly 50% reduced one-way fares
  • $10 7-Day LinkPasses
  • $30 monthly LinkPasses

Your card can also be used to purchase reduced monthly passes for Commuter Rail, Ferry, and Express Bus.

Youth Pass Reduced Fares

The Youth Pass CharlieCard provides reduced fares for bus, subway, Commuter Rail, Express Bus, and ferry.

Learn more about Youth Passes

Want to become a Youth Pass Partner?

If you're a municipal or nonprofit employee and are interested in launching the Youth Pass Program in your municipality, email us at youthpass@mbta.com.

Youth Pass Application Process

Step 1. Make sure you're eligible

To apply for the Youth Pass Program, you must:

  • Live in a participating city or town
  • Be between 18 and 25 and enrolled in at least one Youth Pass partner program
  • Be between 12 and 17 and unable to get a Student CharlieCard through your middle or high school

Learn more about eligibility

Step 2. Gather the required documents

To apply, you’ll need documentation that shows:

  • Your date of birth
  • Your address
  • Enrollment in a Youth Pass partner program

See what documents you’ll need

Step 3. Fill out the application

Youth Pass CharlieCards are valid from November 1 of the current year to October 31 of the following year. Cards issued for the previous year expire on November 1.

Riders will need to re-apply each year to be issued a new card.

Apply for a Youth Pass online

Are you a middle or high school student? You may be eligible for a Student CharlieCard (M7 or S-Card) through your school. College and university students may be eligible for Semester Passes.

Am I eligible for a Youth Pass?

You may be eligible if you are between 12 and 25, live in a participating city or town, are enrolled in a Youth Pass partner program, and are not able to get a Student CharlieCard (M7 or S-Card) through your middle or high school.

Note: Immigration or citizenship status is not used to determine Youth Pass eligibility.

What documents do I need to apply?

You’ll need documents that show proof of age, address, and enrollment in a Youth Pass partner program. See what documents are accepted for each category below.

Proof of Age

  • Birth certificate
  • Photo ID (driver’s license, learner’s permit, state ID, or another photo ID issued by a government agency)
  • Visa, residency, or immigration document
  • A notarized affidavit from a parent or legal guardian

Proof of Address

  • Photo ID (driver's license, learner’s permit, state ID, or another photo ID issued by a government agency)
  • Utility or phone bill with your name, address, and issued within the last 90 days
  • Signed lease agreement
  • Bank statement, W-2, or pay stub
  • Official school transcript, proof of enrollment, or tuition bill for current year

See examples of eligibility documents

Proof of Enrollment in a Youth Pass Partner Program

If you’re over 18, you’ll need to show that you’re enrolled in a Youth Pass partner program. Examples of partner programs include:

  • State or federal benefit programs (like MASSGrant, MassHealth, or SNAP)
  • Alternative education programs (like high school equivalency degree programs)
  • Job training or professional development programs (like Year Up or Roca)

Proof of enrollment documents vary based on each program.

Apply Online

Tapping a Youth Pass on a subway fare gate

Youth Passes for the 2023 program year are valid from November 1, 2022 through October 31, 2023. You can now apply online.

 

Check your corresponding Youth Pass partner, alternative education, or job training and professional development program below for a list of accepted documents and contact information. 

State and Federal Benefit Programs

Alternative Education Programs

Job Training or Professional Development Programs

Participating Cities and Towns

To apply in person, or if you have questions, contact your participating city or town below.

Youth Pass Reduced Fares

The Youth Pass CharlieCard provides reduced fares for bus, subway, Commuter Rail, Express Bus, and ferry.

Learn more about Youth Passes

Want to become a Youth Pass Partner?

If you're a municipal or nonprofit employee and are interested in launching the Youth Pass Program in your municipality, email us at youthpass@mbta.com.

Apply Online

Tapping a Youth Pass on a subway fare gate

Youth Passes for the 2023 program year are valid from November 1, 2022 through October 31, 2023. You can now apply online.