1,000 UMass Boston students get big T discount
Savings provided courtesy of their fellow students
NEARLY A THOUSAND students at UMass Boston are receiving a significant discount on their MBTA passes this semester, thanks largely to subsidies provided by their classmates.
Students voted in April to hike the mandatory student activity fee by $20 a semester ($40 for the year), with the directive that the money be used to reduce by 50 percent the cost of an MBTA pass offering unlimited bus and subway rides. Students currently pay $320 for a four-month semester pass (11 percent off the full price). The 50 percent reduction would reduce the price of the four-month pass to $180, a savings of $140 a semester.
The discounted passes for the fall semester were offered on a first-come, first-served basis until the $200,000 raised by the fee ran out.
The money ran out quickly. DeWayne Lehman, a spokesman for UMass Boston, said 974 students had qualified for the 50 percent discount as of Monday afternoon and a few more may be added over the next few days. (CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated DeWayne Lehman’s name.)
The scramble for the heavily discounted T passes will take place against next semester, when that semester’s $20 fee is assessed.