M7 Passes for Out-of-District Students

  • The Mayor has announced that all Boston students in grades 7-12 are eligible for an M7 pass. Below, families can find instructions for proving their eligibility and instructions on how to pick up their M7 Pass. 

    Proving Eligibility

    Students must prove eligibility for the M7 by establishing Boston residency and that they are currently in grades 7-12

    • Students can use the same TWO documents outlined by Welcome Services to prove residency for attendance at a Boston public school. Items cannot be from the same category below: 
      • A Utility Bill (not water or cell phone) dated within the past 60 days
      • A Deed, Mortgage Payment dated within the past 60 days, or Property Tax Bill dated within the last year
      • A current Lease, Section 8 Agreement, or BPS Landlord Affidavit, dated within a year
      • A W2 form dated within the year or a Payroll Stub dated within the past 60 days 
      • A Bank or Credit Card Statement dated within the past 60 days
      • A Letter from an Approved Government Agency* dated within the past 60 days 
    • We then need to confirm that they are currently in grades 7-12. Possible documents could include:
      • A letter from their school on official school letterhead;
      • A transcript;
      • An official class schedule specifying a student’s grade;
      • A student ID stating a student’s grade.

    Picking Up My M7 Pass

    Boston families may pick up their M7 Passes at any of the BPS Welcome Centers. The Fall Registration period will run from Tuesday, September 10, until Thursday, October 10. Please see the hours below:

     

    Roxbury Welcome Center

    Dorchester

    Roslindale

    East Boston

    Tuesday

    3-5pm

    3-5pm

    3-5pm

    3-5pm

    Wednesday

    3-7pm

    3-7pm

    3-7pm

    Closed

    Thursday

    9-11am

    9-11am

    9-11am

    Closed

    Some students have received a S-Card from their school. If you are attending a school that has an S-Card, please bring it with you to pick up your M7 pass. We will ask that you turn in that pass when you receive your M7. 

    FAQs

    What lines can I use my M7 pass on?

    • M7 Passes are good for unlimited travel on the subway, Local or Express buses, and Commuter Rail Zones 1A, 1, and 2.

    How long will my pass work for?

    • Your pass will work through the end of June. Assuming you still live in Boston and are in grades 7-12, you may request a new pass during the next registration period in September. You will be asked to provide evidence of eligibility in order to obtain your new pass.  
    • You may want to continue using your Student CharlieCard over the summer, because you will automatically receive a discounted fare by using it. There are two options for students to continue using their Student CharlieCards:
      • Option 1: Like a regular CharlieCard, you can add money to the card at any MBTA fare vending machine. If you use your Student CharlieCard, you will automatically receive a 50% discounted fare on all MBTA rides.
      • Option 2: You can also purchase a monthly pass at any MBTA Fare Vending Machine by tapping your Student CharlieCard on the machine. Purchasing a monthly pass on your StudentCharlieCard is less expensive than buying a regular pass ($30 a month for students versus $90 a month for adults).
    • Note that on August 31, these cards will expire. If you have added money to your card, the value of that card will go down to zero. As a result, if you add money to the card you should plan to spend the entire amount by August 31.

    What should I do if I lose my pass?

    • Please contact BPS Transportation immediately. If your pass is not reported missing and remains in use, BPS or the MBTA may assume that your pass has been illegally sold.  If this is the case, we may deactivate it and potentially block you from getting a new pass in future years.
    • After the registration period ends, you may get a replacement pass at the BPS Transportation Office. The office is located on the second floor of the Bolling Building and is open between 10am - 6pm on weekdays when BPS is open.
      • Please note that in order to receive your replacement pass you must have received a pass during the fall registration period. We will not give out new passes outside of the registration period.
      • We will deactivate your existing pass
      • You also need to bring proof of identification for the student (that is, a student ID, driver’s license, transcript, letter from the school, student schedule, etc.).
    • If you lose your pass after July 1st, you will need to wait until the next fall registration period. 

    What should I do if my pass is broken?

    • Please contact BPS Transportation and provide the T-Pass number. We may be able to work with the MBTA to reactivate the pass remotely.
      • Please note that your pass may appear broken if you tap quickly twice. If this happens, your pass may be temporarily disabled for 20 minutes - not broken.
    • If we are not able to reactivate the pass remotely, you may get a replacement pass at the BPS Transportation Office. The office is located on the second floor of the Bolling Building and is open between 10am - 6pm on weekdays when BPS is open. 
      • You need to bring your non-working pass, which will be handed in and deactivated.

    How can I see if my card is active or not?