College Factual Credits DART Access for Improving College Affordability

Recently, USA Today College published an online article from College Factual, a website that helps college students identify affordable higher education.

Two schools that made the top 10 list are Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the University of Dallas in Irving. Both of these schools are in the DART Service Area. College Factual cites University of Dallas Station as a major selling point for UD.

“The campus is only about 10 miles from downtown Dallas, and there is a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) station near the campus grounds.”

SMU, which is located near Mockingbird Station and served by two bus shuttles, also is very DART-accessible.

You can read the entire article here.

Transit provides reliable transportation, reduces commuting costs
Transportation is one of the key costs of attending college, and lack of transportation is reportedly one of the top reasons students miss class.

DART has a bus stop or rail station within walking distance of more than 30 North Texas trade schools, colleges and universities, so it is possible to progress from community college to a doctoral degree without owning a car. To make travel to and from campus more affordable, DART offers reduced fares to full-time college students who possess the proper DART-issued student ID.

If the college or university participates in the DART Higher Education Pass Program, students obtain a semester DART Pass from the school – usually the parking office. If the institution does not participate, those students may take advantage of DART’s Reduced College fares. In both cases, enrollment must be verified at the beginning of every academic semester and the pass updated at the DART Store in Downtown Dallas.

Learn more about DART’s college pass programs:

About Karen Ptacek

Karen is a Communications Representative at Dallas Area Rapid Transit. She is the project manager and primary writer/editor of DART's Inmotion newsletter and the annual Progress Report publication. She also contributes to DART Daily, Rider Insider and other newsletter articles.
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