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Reduced fare OPUS Card

The Société de transport de Montréal offers, under certain conditions, a reduced fare to students who have a photo OPUS card. See if you are eligible for the reduced fare and how you can get a photo OPUS card.

Are you eligible for the student fare?

HEC Montréal students are eligible for the reduced student fare if they are:

  • enrolled full-time; or
  • deemed full-time as determined by the Aide financière aux études.

Your status

Full-time student

You must be enrolled in courses worth at least 12 credits per session, including the summer session, to be considered a full-time undergraduate student (preparatory, BBA, certificates and independent study).

For Master’s-level studies, your status depends on the threshold set by the registrar for your program. Generally speaking, full-time students are enrolled in courses worth 9 credits per session (6 credits in the summer session). However, there are many exceptions, such as the MBA, MMIAM and short graduate programs where you must be enrolled in courses worth 12 credits per session (6 credits in the summer) to be considered full-time, so we suggest that you ask the advisor for your program about the number of credits you must be enrolled in to be considered a full-time student.

For programs with a thesis or dissertation (MSc and PhD), there are no minimum credits required. You must be registered as a full-time student with the Registrar's Office.

Deemed full-time student

You may study part-time and still be deemed a full-time student for purposes of Student Financial Assistance if you meet any of these criteria. If so, you must be enrolled in courses worth at least 6 credits per session.

Obtain or renew a photo OPUS card


  • Cost: $15. Payment by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Billing address must be in Québec.
  • You have to be a full-time student and have a mailing address in Québec.
  • You will receive your card by mail.
  • Before starting this process, obtain a student card.
  • Order your OPUS card on HEC en ligne > Services and tools > OPUS Online.

At STM photo studio

  • Cost: $15. Payment in cash (exact change).
  • Go to the STM photo studio and present the required documents. The photo will be taken at the studio.
  • You will receive the card on-site.

By mail

Required documents

  • Full-time students: Present the full-time student attestation in electronic format, available in HEC en ligne.
  • Deemed full-time students: Along with your request, attach a duly completed Reduced-fare student OPUS card application form with a photo. Have your document certified by emailing it to sae.afe@hec.ca before going to the STM photo studio or sending the document by mail.
  • Proof of age with photo (Medicare card, driver’s licence, passport, refugee claimant document or permanent resident card).

For more information

  • Consult the STM website
  • Contact STM customer service by email or by calling 514 786-4636 (Option 6, then option 1)

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