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    College Pass and Fare ID

    We can’t do much about tuition and books, but we can give you a discounted OC Bus pass. The College Pass gets you unlimited bus rides to campus, work, shopping, the beach, and more on OC Bus, your safe, clean, convenient ride to all of OC and beyond. Only 9 credits and 46 bucks, and it’s yours. That’s right. You only need to be enrolled in 9 credits during the semester or quarter to qualify for the FREE OC Bus College Fare ID! Once you have your ID, it’s simple to purchase your college pass.

    Better yet, use OC Bus Mobile Pay, the quick and easy way to pay for and use your College Pass. Whichever way you ride – Mobile or Paper Pass – the College Pass is the smart way to get to college. The first step is to get your college fare id, so choose your method below and begin riding to school in style with OC Bus.

  • 30-Day College Pass

    Ride in style for just $46 per month with the 30 Day C-Pass! That’s only $1.50 per day. 

    75-Day Quarter C-Pass

    $115 is all you need to cover transportation this quarter. The first day the pass is used begins the 75-day period. 

    120-Day Semester C-Pass

    $185 covers your transportation for the entire semester. This pass is valid for 120 consecutive days beginning on the day you activate it on-board the bus.

  • A College Fare ID is Required

    The College Fare ID is FREE and is good for the entire semester. An OCTA College Fare ID is required to purchase and use a College Pass. With paper passes, you will need your ID to purchase your pass, and to show the coach operator each time you board the bus with a College Pass. With OC Bus Mobile Pay, you will only need your College Fare ID number to enter into your accounts page. Once entered, you will be able to purchase College Passes and will not need to show a physical card to the coach operator when using.

    View the eligibility requirements and access the online application by clicking the APPLY NOW button.

    View the eligibility requirements and access the online application

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  • Mobile Pay College Pass

    Getting your College Pass on the OB Bus Mobile Pay if you have a College Fare ID.
    1. Once you have downloaded the OC Bus Mobile Pay app, you will need to create an account and enter your College Fare ID number in your account page. Make sure to enter the letter C before the ID number.
    2. Wait 15 minutes for account verification.
    3. Go to Buy Tickets; select Rider Type; Select College Student

    Need a College Fare ID?
    Getting and using College Fare ID on OC Bus Mobile Pay is simple, as along as you are enrolled in 9 or more credit hours/units a semester or quarter at participating colleges. Follow these instructions to get your ID:

    1. Have your eligibility document ready to upload. See fast facts below for more info.
    2. Apply using the form, selecting Mobile Number only at the top of the form.
    3. You will receive an email within 1 business day with your College Fare ID numbe
    4. Once you have downloaded the OC Bus Mobile Pay app, you will need to create an account and enter your College Fare ID number in your account page. Make sure to enter the letter C before the ID number.
    5. Wait 15 minutes for account verification.
    6. Go to Buy Tickets; select Rider Type; Select College Student

    College Fare ID Fast Facts

    • College Fare ID is good for the entire semester/quarter. All College Fare ID numbers will expire December 31 and June 30 of each year regardless of when the ID was issued.
    • Eligibility Requirements for College Fare ID require the student be enrolled in 9 or more credit hours/units at the time of application at a public or private community college, college or university, and trade and/or technical school and provides one of the following documents during the application process.
      Note: Document must clearly show the student name, school name, the start and end dates for classes as well as the total number of units/hours you are enrolled in.
      • Current registration fee/receipt
      • Computer printout showing enrollment and/or in-classroom hours
      • Current registration form or enrollment certificate

    Where Can I Buy College Passes?

    The College Pass is available to eligible students at these participating colleges and at the OCTA Store.

    • Cypress College
    • Fullerton College
    • Goldenwest College
    • Irvine Valley College
    • NOCCCD School of Continuation Education
    • Orange Coast College
    • Saddleback College
    • Santa Ana College
    • Santiago Canyon College
    • The Art Institute of California – OC

    So Easy, a Freshman Can Do It

    When you get on the bus, simply show your activated mobile ticket to the coach operator or swipe your College Pass in the farebox. That’s it. You can ride anytime, any day, anywhere OC Bus goes. No PhD required. To plan your next trip, visit our easy online trip planner that will tell you exactly what bus to take and where to catch it.

    The sky’s the limit, well, almost. Even something as good as the College Pass has restrictions. You cannot use the College Pass on express routes, other transit agency buses or after your college days are over. You must be enrolled a minimum of 9 units a quarter or semester.

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