FALL 2022 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

BE ADVISED: Starting January 1st, 2022 Winter Term, the GSA UPass will be available via a downloadable app on your smartphone.

The UPass transit fee will only be assessed to full-time and part-time graduate students who are taking in-person classes on the Saskatoon campus.

To learn how to check if your classes are in-person, online or remote, read the information in the blue box at the top of the Classes and Registration page. To check if you have been assess the UPass transit fee, go to the Tuition and Fees channel in PAWS and select 'View and Pay my Tuition and Fees'.

Note: the University and third-party stakeholders continue to evaluate certain student fees for the 2021-22 academic year (September 2021 -August 2022). If changes are made to student fees, students' accounts will be adjusted as necessary.

Face Masks

Face masks (non-medical mask or cloth face-coverings) are MANDATORY in all indoor campus spaces for faculty, staff and students who have approved access or are required to be on campus. 

UPass offers students huge savings for transportation on Saskatoon Transit.

The cost of the UPass for Fall 2021 is $115.38. 

The cost of the UPass for Winter 2022 is $115.38. 

Post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students registered in any of the federated or affiliated colleges of the University of Saskatchewan, who are GSA members, may purchase the UPASS from the GSA at this discounted price. In order to do this, please drop by the GSA Office with proof of GSA membership. For the 2021/2022 academic year, the annual GSA membership is $74.12. Membership is valid from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022. 

Due to COVID-19, and until further notice, please email gsa.admn@usask.ca to schedule an appointment to pay for your membership fees. 

September 16, 2021

Last day for Opt Out applications. Due no later than 4:30 p.m.

November 30, 2021

Last day for Fall Term Opt Ins. Completed online applications are due no later than 4:30pm.

December 13, 2021

Winter Term UPass is now available.  Winter Term Opt Ins will be processed by Student Accounts the first week of January 2022.

December 20, 2021

The University is closed December 20, 2021 to January 4, 2022. 

December 31, 2021

Fall Term UPass is deactivated at the end of the day. Winter Term UPass will be required on January 1, 2022.

January 1, 2022

Winter Term UPass is active. 

January 18, 2022

Last day to apply for Winter Term Opt Outs. Completed online applications are due no later than 4:30pm.

April 30, 2022

Winter Term UPass is deactivated at the end of the day. 

How to Opt In to the Fall UPass:

Full-time or part-time Graduate Students who registered in only online or remote classes for the 2021 Fall Term will be able to opt in to the Fall Term UPass

If you have NOT been assessed the UPass fee for the Fall 2021 Term, but wish to obtain one may do so by completing the opt in application.

Once the opt in application is completed, it can take up to 4 business days for your UPass fee to appear in your student account summary in PAWS.

When you see the UPass fee (will show as GSA Saskatoon Transit Fee) on your account summary, please follow the To Use Your Smartphone as UPass noted in the information in tabs below. The deadline for students to submit an Opt In application is November 30 at 4:30 p.m. 

How to Opt Out of UPass:

Students who are assessed the UPASS, but wish to opt out, can still do so if they meet the following opt out eligibility criteria:

  • Students who live in on-campus residence (Voyageur Place ONLY).
  • Students who live outside the city limits during the term.
  • Students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses or programs.
  • Students who hold a disability parking pass for the U of S.
  • Students who are eligible for discounted passes under Saskatoon Transit's agreement with Social Services.

To apply for the UPass Opt Out Click Here. The last day to apply for the Fall 2021 term Opt Out is September 16, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Opt Out applications completed after the deadline will NOT be accepted.

Students who are assessed the UPASS AND are working remotely for the Fall 2021 term, have the option to opt out by having the following LETTER completed by their supervisor, graduate chair or department head on OFFICIAL letter head with signature and submit it through the opt out application portal no later than September 16, 2021, 4:30 PM. Applications received after the deadline will NOT be accepted.

Once your supervisor/instructor has completed the letter, fill out the online opt out form and select the distance learning/working remotely option where you will be asked to upload this document.

GRADUATE STUDENTS - BEFORE YOU PROCEED TO THE OPT OUT FORM, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE REGISTERED IN YOUR 994 (MASTERS) OR 996 (PhD) CLASS FOR THE CORRESPONDING TERM YOU WISH TO BE OPTED OUT FROM.

Students in one or more of the following categories will be eligible for opt-out:

  1. Students who live in on-campus residences.
  2. Students who live outside the city limits during the term.
  3. Students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses or programs
  4. Students who hold a disability parking pass for the U of S.
  5. Students who are eligible for discounted passes under Saskatoon Transit's agreement with Social Services.

For a more detailed description of eligibility for opt out, please click here.

If you meet the eligibility, click here to continue to the opt out form.

BE ADVISED: OPTING OUT IN THE FALL TERM DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY OPT YOU OUT IN THE WINTER TERM. YOU WILL HAVE TO OPT-OUT BOTH TERMS IF YOU MEET THE CRITERIA.

Please make sure to log in to your PAWS account when you are filling the opt-out form. 

To use your smartphone as your UPass follow these instructions:

Make sure you have been assessed the UPass fee on your student tuition account on PAWS.

Go to your phone's app store and download the Saskatoon Mobile Ticketing app, Transit Go (TGo)  Link to Apple's App Store     Link to Google Play Store

Once you have downloaded and installed the app, follow these steps to create an account:

  1. Open the Transit Go app and in the top right corner, click the 3 lines presented with the Utilities menu

  2. Select "My Account"

  3. Select "New Account" if you haven't already created an account for the Transit Go app

  4. Enter your Usask email address in this format abc123@usask.ca. It is critical to enter your email in this format. Do not use abc123@mail.usask.ca or firstname.lastname@usask.ca. PAWS will not recognize your account and your UPass will not be available on your phone.

  5. Enter a password for your Transit Go account. We recommend not using the same password as your University accounts.

  6. After entering your password a second time, select the "Create a new account" button.

  7. Check your Usask email account (abc123@usask.ca) for a verification email from Saskatoon Transit. The email will be from noreply@justride.com (if you do not see it within 5 minutes, check your spam/junk folder).

  8. You will need to click the Verify Account link in the email to complete your account set up.

  9. After you have verified your account, you can follow the next steps on PAWS.

Link Your Transit App to your student account:

  1. Login into PAWS and go to the UPass portal paws.usask.ca/go/upass

  2. You will be shown a list of term options available to you

  3. If the system shows that you are NOT eligible for a UPass you are either a) not enrolled in classes for that term, not registered for on-campus classes (only taking remote/distance classes), or your College/Department may not have finalized the class delivery method but will likely do that closer to start of term.

  4. If you are eligible for a UPass for the term, you will see an [activate] button next to the list - click that button

  5. Your UPass will appear on your mobile phone in the Saskatoon Transit Go app in less than 3 minutes

  6. If you do not see the pass after that time, select the "My Passes' button in the app and press the refresh icon on the top right corner

  7. You will then be able to activate your UPass on your phone after the start of term (after 12:00 a.m. on September 1st for Fall Term)

  • You pay less per month than the adult rate per month for an adult bus pass.
  • Taking the bus reduces your carbon footprint and helps reduce pollution in general.
  • Increased use of transit can reduce traffic on campus and in surrounding areas making them friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Transit provides access to most areas of the city, mitigating the need for cash-strapped students to own cars.
  • You don’t have to pay for expensive parking on campus.

To prevent fraudulent use of the UPASS, or the use of an invalid UPASS, and to protect the integrity of the UPASS Program, Saskatoon Transit will have the right to request of any person using the UPASS to provide additional proof of graduate student status at the University of Saskatchewan. The parties agree that any graduate student who cannot produce additional proof of graduate student status may be refused a ride.

Saskatoon Transit may, at its discretion, impose penalties, prosecute  and offer no refund of payment if a graduate student enrolled in the UPASS Program:

  • Attempts to use a fraudulent UPASS. 
  • Permits the use of a UPASS by another or attempts to transfer a UPASS to another.
  • Attempts to use an invalid UPASS.
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