SEPTA Key Student Fare Card Program

For Students in Kindergarten-12th Grade

SEPTA works with the various Southeastern Pennsylvania school districts to help students eligible for transportation. Student fares are available to all school districts within the SEPTA service area.

The school district in which a student resides is responsible for the student’s transportation to and from school, within the guidelines set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Service for the Academic Year

The information is for the academic year only and does not apply to students attending summer programs.

The school district, not SEPTA directly, distributes the SEPTA Key Student Fare Cards during the first few days of school. School administrators will assign the cards to eligible students and transit the card numbers to activate them.

Students cannot obtain the card directly from SEPTA.

Travel Rights

The cards are good for up to eight trips per school day, between 5:30 am. and 8 pm. This includes taps for transfers, so it is up to four vehicles each way.

School districts determine the travel rights for each card, defining both the number of daily trips and whether the card is valid on Regional Rail.

Students receiving cards without Regional Rail trips may upgrade their card each week at one of the nine SEPTA Sales locations. The upgrade fee is about $10 per week. It is recommended that students complete the upgrade before the valid week of class.


Your school administrator will provide additional information as needed.

At a Glance

  • For use only by the student to which the card is issued
  • Valid for travel to and from school only
  • May be used for bus, trolley, or subway transportation
  • Cards are tapped at a farebox or turnstile just like regular Key Cards
  • May be used throughout the school year.
  • Card remains valid subsequent academic years until the student graduates.
  • No cost to students or their parent/guardians

Lost or Stolen Cards

Report it immediately to your school administrator if your card is lost or stolen. You will receive a replacement