You can now choose to purchase a new school bus pass and share the fare with Kent County Council when applications open on June 3.
The KCC Travel Saver and KCC 16+ Travel Saver offers parents the opportunity to halve the costs of bus travel rather than buying a ticket direct from operators.
KCC cabinet member for transport Mike Whiting said: “I am happy that we have managed to continue to give parents this vital assistance by funding half the cost of bus travel for the whole year.
“For about 30,000 youngsters across the county who take advantage of the scheme, it remains the most generous of its kind outside of London.
“The money we put in means we share the fare with you, plus you can travel an unlimited amount on Arriva and Stagecoach buses in the county.
“Our subsidy for those most in need means those on low incomes will only pay £100 and those in care, care leavers and carers will continue to receive a free or discounted KCC Travel Saver.”
The new card costs £350 and £400 for the 16+ card or can be spread by instalments on direct debit.
Formerly the Young Person’s Travel Pass and 16+ Travel Card, the KCC Travel Saver brings transport options for 11 to 19-year-olds under the same brand.
The cards are subsidised by KCC at a cost of around £10 million each year meaning parents pay about £2 for a return journey each day.
The Travel Saver also allows children to use the card for free travel on Arriva and Stagecoach’s bus network throughout the day at weekends and during school holidays.
Mr Whiting added: “Such large discretionary areas of spend are increasingly difficult for councils to provide but we are committed to help parents in this way and with the Travel Saver, costs can now be spread over a longer period through our new instalment offer.
“We remain committed to subsidising a scheme that we know thousands of parents and young people think of as a valuable product from their county council.”
Parents have until July 14 to apply to ensure the card is available for the new school year in September.
The cost of the pass can be spread over eight months from August through to March depending on when applications are received.