KCC provides the Kent Travel Saver scheme on a discretionary basis, with a £10 million subsidy for families to help reduce the costs of travel for students.
For the new school year, passes will cost £370 for a Travel Saver and £420 for a 16+ pass. Discounts continue for children from Low Income Households and those with three or more secondary aged children.
Parents can pay upfront in full or by a series of instalments and once purchased, users will save about half against the costs of tickets bought from operators directly.
Parents can apply now and need to have done so by August 1 to be sure of having their Travel Saver Card ready for the start of term.
Arriva and Stagecoach also accept the pass for travel in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays.
KCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation David Brazier said: “The county’s bus operators have been doing a wonderful job in keeping routes running safely throughout the pandemic.
“We hope to see more children getting back on the bus when the new term starts in September to help ensure those services provided by commercial operators will continue.
“As ever, we are delighted to be able to help parents offset the cost of getting their children to school through our Travel Saver schemes – the most generous scheme of its type outside of London.
“I would encourage all those who want to take up our offer to make sure they visit out website by the start of August to ensure their card is ready.”
KCC’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills Shellina Prendergast said: “The KCC Travel Saver and the KCC 16+ Travel Saver are both excellent ways for families to save money on the cost of getting their children to and from school.
“KCC has once again pledged to ‘share the fare’ with parents and carers this year, meaning the local authority will subsidise the cost of the Travel Saver card and families will pay up to 50% less than they would if they bought them direct from the bus companies.
“The cost of the Travel Saver card does not change throughout the year so I would encourage parents and carers to apply as soon as possible to ensure they get the maximum value from them.”