Student Transportation Subsidies

Funded by the Transportation Management Fee, South Seattle College subsidizes many different transportation options for students. South students can save money, save the environment, and relieve stress.

ORCA Cards

The SSC-issued ORCA Card is a transit pass that is accepted by all six Puget Sound regional transit authorities. The pass can be used for travel during peak and off-peak times without zone-restrictions. Students can purchase ORCA cards from the Cashier's Office.

Card Value:

  • Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring: $250

All students ($125).

Students may purchase either an ORCA Card or Parking Permit, but not both.
Fee is charged when requesting a transit pass.

Lost / Stolen / Misplaced ORCA cards:

The South Transportation Services Office and management are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced ORCA cards and bus pass. PLEASE TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR PASS. There are no replacements or refunds on the cards.


Students can also apply for an ORCA LIFT card to qualify for reduced transit fare on select regional transit systems throughout the Puget Sound Region. Visit the ORCA LIFT website to learn more and apply.

For assistance filling-out and applying for ORCA LIFT, students should schedule an appointment with the Benefits Hub at South Seattle College.

Additional Transportation Information

King County Metro Blog: Metro Matters

Metro’s social media channels: 
Twitter: @kcmetrobus
Instagram: @kcmetrobus

For those students new to the Seattle Metro region or who are new to commuting by transit, the King County Mobility Coalition has created a series of videos on how to ride the bus, as well as how to pay for the trip: Community Travel Videos.

The videos are accessible in the following languages: English, ኣምሃሪች (Amharic), ب عر) Arabic), Burmese, 广东话 (Cantonese), 한국어 (Korean), 文华 (Mandarin), नेपाली (Nepali), русскийى)Russian), Soomaali (Somali), español (Spanish), ትግርኛ (Tigrinya), Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese).

Additional Commuter Information: