PORTLAND — Portland-area college students are being welcomed back to school with two weeks of free bus rides.

Beginning Monday, the Greater Portland Transit District METRO and the South Portland Bus Service are offering free rides to students from participating schools. The Ride Free with College ID deal runs through Sept. 8.

The rides are being offered to students from Husson University, Kaplan University, Maine College of Art, SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, Southern Maine Community College, the University of New England and the University of Southern Maine.