Middle and High Schools: Help Your Students Save
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The T is working with middle and high schools in the Boston area to offer students year-round discounted MBTA fares for the bus, subway, Commuter Rail, and ferry.
Through our Student Pass Program, schools can sign up to provide cards and have families pay for them, or schools can cover the cost.
Students and families can add value to S-Cards for reduced fares, or purchase a $30 monthly pass for unlimited travel on the subway and Local or Express buses. S-Cards can also be used to buy half-price 1-way Commuter Rail and ferry tickets. S-Cards remain active from September 1 to August 31.
Prepaid M7 Passes, which cost schools $30 a month per pass from September through June, are good for unlimited travel on the subway, Local or Express buses, and Commuter Rail Zones 1A, 1, and 2. During July and August, M7 Passes offer the same discounts as S-Cards but must have value added to them.
Only school administrators can sign up for the program. Students and parents, check with your school to see if it participates.
Administrators, you’ll use an online portal to sign up, place orders, and manage the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
For Students (and Parents)
Only children 11 and under who are accompanied by a paying adult ride the MBTA for free. (Up to 2 children per adult are allowed.)
If you’re a middle or high school student—or the parent of a student—interested in discounted MBTA passes, check with your school to see if it participates in the Student Pass Program. If it does not, send officials to this page to get more information.
The cost of a Student Pass depends on the type of pass used.
S-Cards are free, and students or parents can load passes or value to them to ride at reduced prices, or purchase a $30 monthly pass for unlimited travel on the subway and Local or Express buses.
M7 Passes cost $30 a month, and they provide unlimited travel on the subway, Local or Express buses, and Commuter Rail Zones 1A, 1, and 2.
Contact your school administrator, who can report your pass lost or stolen.
Yes, your S-Card or M7 Pass will still work and offer access to reduced fares. M7 Passes function as S-Cards in July and August.
Schools do not cover the costs for July and August—students or parents must add value.
For School Administrators
Schools may select 1 super-user and as many administrators as needed.
- The super-user can perform any function on the site, including changing financial information, changing billing or shipping address information, or creating accounts for other staff.
- Administrators, assigned by the super-user, can place or make modifications to an order and register new students.
No. Student cards are effective all year.
Select “CharlieCard Management” and search for the card assigned to the student. Set the card status to "Remove from Account."
Note: Schools will be invoiced for any CharlieCard still active after the 15th of the month.
Only the listed super-user may change the shipping address/payment form. Under “Account Management,” select “Billing/Shipping” to edit your school’s address.
Yes. Select “CharlieCard Management,” and you can view a roster of assigned cards and search for specific students.
On the School Pass Program website, select “CharlieCard Management” and then “Order New Cards.” Select how many M7 Passes and S-Cards you need, up to 100% of the school’s total enrollment number.
Payment may be made by Check, ACH, or Paymode. ACH payments will process on the 16th of the month. Schools using Paymode or a check must send their payments before the 15th of each month.
Checks should be made payable to MBTA Pass Program and mailed to:
Student Lock Box
PO BOX 847894
Boston, MA 02284-7894
Note: Although overnight shipments are not accepted by the lock box, USPS Priority will typically deliver the next day.
Orders for the next school year can be placed after July 5. Orders placed between July 5 and August 30 will arrive no later than September 1. Any orders placed after August 30 will be mailed in 1-2 business days. During the academic school year, orders placed before 3 PM will be delivered the next business day. The T will ship cards directly to your office.
Assign cards to students by selecting “CharlieCard Management” and then “Activate Cards.” Contact StudentPassProgram@mbta.com to report any cards listed on the packing slip but not received within 5 business days.
Note: You will be invoiced for M7 Passes that have been assigned. The school is responsible for unauthorized activity on any unassigned cards.
Yes. In the “Review Current Order” section, click on “Order Roster Uploader.” Follow the instructions for using the import/export tool, or view the sample template to create your own spreadsheet to enter the information.
Replacement options depend on the pass type and whether it has been tracked by the school administrator.
- M7 Passes loaded with a monthly pass and tracked
- S-Cards loaded with a monthly pass, tracked, and lost during the school year (September-June)
- Untracked S-Cards
- S-Cards loaded with stored value
- S-Cards lost during the summer (July-August)
Passes loaded on S-Cards will only be replaced between the 1st and the 15th of the month, and only one replacement is allowed per month.
To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged pass:
On the Student Pass Program website, select “CharlieCard Management” and then “Report Lost/Damaged Card.” Enter the lost card’s serial number and select “Submit.” Select a new, unassigned card from the dropdown menu to assign it to the student. If no replacements cards are available, click on the link to order a new card.
Note: You cannot order additional student cards unless all cards have been assigned.