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Middle and High School Student CharlieCards

Tapping a purple M7 Student CharlieCard on a subway fare gate

Many middle and high schools in the Greater Boston area offer reduced fare CharlieCards to their students. Children 11 and under do not need reduced fare CharlieCards because they ride the T for free with a paying customer.


Are you a student or parent? Great! You’re in the right place. Stay on this page to learn more about where to get your card and how to use it.

Are you a school administrator? Visit our Pass Programs page to learn more about ordering cards and offering them to students.


College Student Semester Passes

Students at participating universities may be eligible for reduced MBTA fares through the Semester Pass Program.

Learn more about the Semester Program

About Student CharlieCards

Student CharlieCards offer year-round fare discounts to middle and high school students and are available through your school administrator.

Depending on your school district, you'll be given either an M7 card or an S-Card at the beginning of every school year. M7 cards are preloaded by schools with passes for the entire school year, while S-Cards need to be loaded with cash value or passes by students, parents, or guardians.

Note: Your middle or high school must be enrolled in the Student Pass Program in order to receive a Student CharlieCard. College students are not eligible for the Student Pass Program, though they can use the Semester Pass Program.

M7 Card

From September to June, passes are preloaded by schools

In July and August, load with cash value or passes as needed

bus subway commuter rail Unlimited travel on the bus, subway, and Commuter Rail Zones 1A, 1, and 2

commuter rail Valid for Commuter Rail Zones 3 – 10 for 50% the standard fare

S-Card

Year-round, load this card with cash value or passes as needed

bus subway $30.00 a month for unlimited travel on the bus and subway

commuter rail Valid for all Commuter Rail zones for 50% the standard fare

See all reduced fare prices

Using Your Card

Loading Your Card

You can load your card at fare vending machines, onboard fare boxes, and retail sales locations throughout Greater Boston, or buy tickets on mTicket.

Planning Your Trip

Plan your trip to school with our trip planner tool–you can even tell it when you need to arrive so you aren’t late. Review your route options with a parent or guardian to choose the one that’s right for you.

While You Ride

To help make riding the T a pleasant experience for everyone, please follow our rider etiquette guide, and read our rules for bringing bikes on the T. 

Be aware of your surroundings while on public transportation, follow our safety tips, and remember—if you see something, say something.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Students (and Parents)

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Helpful Links

Mode-by-Mode Guides

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College Student Semester Passes

Students at participating universities may be eligible for reduced MBTA fares through the Semester Pass Program.

Learn more about the Semester Program

Mode-by-Mode Guides

Subway Guide clickable graphic
Bus Guide Clickable Graphic
Commuter Rail Guide Clickable Graphic
Clickable graphic for the Ferry Guide: vertical lines with a colored pattern of yellow, light blue, and dark blue

View all guides