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Discounted Transportation Passes for Students

Effective September 1, 2019, the North County Transit District and Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will no longer be offering the Sprinter and Breeze Pass. Instead, students can now purchase the Regional Pass for only $60 (a savings of $12 if purchased elsewhere). The Regional Pass gives students the ability to ride the MTS Bus, MTS Trolley, MTS Rapid, as well as the Sprinter and Breeze buses. For more information on transportation routes, please visit

Students are required to have the current term Student Activity Card in order to purchase or reload their monthly compass card. More information about the benefits of the Student Activity Card can be found here.

Available Dates

The monthly renewal period for Compass Cards runs from the 20th day of the previous month to the 10th day of the Valid month. For example, if you are trying to reload a card for June, you can do so between May 20th and June 10th. Cards are loaded on a monthly basis- meaning any cards loaded during the June renewal period are only valid for June regardless of purchase date.

Where to Reload

Compass cards can be reloaded at the Cashier’s Window on the San Marcos Campus or at the Escondido Center in Student Services.

Costs and How to Pay

Payments for Compass Cards and Renewals must be made in cash or money order and are non-refundable. If using a money order, please make it out to Palomar College. Students must have an Adult Compass Card in order to load a Regional Pass. Compass Cards can be purchased for $2.

  • Monthly Regional Pass Reload- $60
  • New Compass Card AND Regional Pass- $62
  • Current Term Student Activity Card (once per semester)- $15

Please Note

Palomar College is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged passes. Palomar College recommends that all Compass Cards be registered with MTS in case of loss, theft, or damage. Regional Passes loaded onto the Compass Card at Palomar College are only valid for MTS Buses, MTS Trolleys, MTS Rapid Buses, Breeze Buses, and the Sprinter. The Coaster and Premium Bus Routes are not covered with this pass.

Notice: Per the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Palomar College and Metropolitan Transit System, Compass Card sales are restricted to Palomar College students only at this time.