Schools distribute student MetroCards to eligible students at the beginning of each semester, and as needed during the school year.
Please be advised that transportation eligibility is based on a student’s grade level, walking distance between home and school, and existing accommodations based on a medical condition, housing status, or safety assessment.
You can immediately use your student MetroCard at every subway and local bus. Student MetroCards cannot be used on express buses.
Student MetroCards are:
- Different from “regular” MetroCards sold to the public
- Good for three trips each school day; allowing a student to travel to school, from school to an after-school activity, and from that activity to home
- Only to be used by the student to whom it was assigned
- For traveling to and from school and school-related activities between 5:30AM and 8:30PM
- For traveling only on days when the student’s school is open for classes
- Valid for one school semester
Types of Student MetroCards
Full-fare student MetroCards allow students to travel to and from school and school-related activities by bus and subway at no cost; visit the transportation eligibility page for more information.
There is a special four-way student MetroCard for students whose trip to school requires more than one transfer each way; you must request this type of card at your school.
Other MetroCard types for extended services or school approved programs may be available in certain circumstances and are subject to approval by your school and the DOE. Please contact your school for more information.
What are School Approved Programs?
School approved programs can be but are not limited to; academic programs such as tutoring, regents prep and college-now classes, academic programs on Saturdays, and community service. School principals determine what activities are considered “school-related” or “school approved”. Your school is then able to provide MetroCards for these activities since the school assumes responsibility for the activity, even if it is beyond the classroom and the physical school building location.