WINTER 2022 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

BE ADVISED: Starting September 1st, 2021, the GSA UPass is available via a downloadable app on your smartphone.

Winter 2022 U-PASS fee will be assessed to graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan.  

Your first step is to check whether you have been assessed the “GSA Saskatoon Transit Fee” for Winter 2022 term by going to PAWS -> Tuition and Fees -> Account Summary -> 2022 Winter Term.

  1. If you have NOT been assessed the U-PASS fee and wish to OPT-IN to the U-PASS – please follow the instructions of the section titled “U-PASS Opt-In”
  2. If you have been assessed the U-PASS fee and wish to OPT-OUT of the U-PASS – please make sure you meet the eligibility criteria to opt-out and follow the instructions of the section titled “U-PASS Opt-Out” Be advised, students who opt out in the fall term are not automatically opted out in the winter term.
  3. If you have been assessed the U-PASS fee and wish to USE your U-PASS – please follow the instructions of the section titled “Using your U-PASS”

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

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 contact the GSA Office via email. The 2021/2022 academic year 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 24, 2021

The University is closed December 24, 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 21, 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 Winter UPass:

If you have not been assessed the U-Pass fee, after January 1, 2022 you can contact Student Central via email askus@usask.ca using your U of S email account, and ask to have your account assessed the V-Fee (Voluntary Fees). When you see the U-PASS fee (GSA Saskatoon Transit Fee) appear on your student account summary (PAWS), please follow the instructions below in the section titled “Using your U-PASS”. There is no deadline to opt-in to the U-PASS for the Winter 2022 term.

NOTE:  You cannot just have the UPass fee only added. The V-Fee includes ALL student fees such as Athletic, Recreation, Wellness etc. For details, please check out the 2021-22 Graduate Student Fees.

When you see the UPass fee (which will show as GSA Saskatoon Transit Fee) on your account summary, please follow the tab below titled To Use Your Smartphone as U-Pass which provides more information.

Students who are assessed the U-Pass fee, but wish to opt-out can do so if they meet the following opt-out eligibility criteria:

  • Students who live outside the city limits during the term.
  • Students required to be away from Saskatoon working or doing research for more than half of an academic year.
  • Students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses or programs (this does not include remote).
  • 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.
  • Students who live in on-campus residences (Voyageur Place) - please note that students who live off campus residences don’t meet this criteria. 

To apply for the U-Pass Opt-Out Click Here. 

The last day to apply for the Winter 2022 term Opt-Out is January 21, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Opt-Out applications completed after the deadline will NOT be accepted

IMPORTANT:  If the above links do not work, please consider clearing caches and trying again.  

Note: 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:

In order for you to use the UPASS, please follow the instructions below:

Setup your smartphone: 

(If you had your phone setup for the Fall term U-Pass, you can skip to the “Load your U-Pass” section)

  1. Go to your phone’s app store and download the Saskatoon Transit mobile ticketing app, Transit Go (TGo)
  2. 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 three lines to be presented with the Utilities menu
    2. Select “My Account”
    3. Select “New account” if you haven’t created an account for the Transit Go app
    4. Enter your Usask email address in this format abc123@usask.ca
      1. It is very important that you use that email format, do not use abc123@mail.usask.ca or firstname.lastname@usask.ca. If you do not use that format, PAWS will not recognize your account and your U-Pass will not be available on your phone.
      2. Enter a password for your Transit Go account, we recommend not using the same password as your University accounts.
      3. After entering your password a second time, select the “Create a new account” button.
    5. 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 don’t see it within 5 minutes, check your spam/junk folder)
    6. You will need to click the Verify Account link in the email to complete your account creation setup
    7. After you have verified your account, you can follow the next steps on PAWS.

Load your U-Pass onto your smartphone:

    1. Login to PAWS and go to the U-Pass portal paws.usask.ca/go/upass
    2. You will then be shown a list of term options available to you.
    3. If the system shows that you are not eligible for a U-Pass, you are either:
      1. not enrolled in classes for that term.
      2. only taking classes that do not have the U-Pass fee associated with them.
    4. If you are eligible for a U-Pass for a term, you will see an [Activate] button next to the list, click that button.
    5. Check your Your Saskatoon Transit Go app, your U-Pass will appear on your mobile phone in less than 3 minutes.
    6. If you don’t see the pass after that time, select the “My Passes” button in the app and press the refresh icon in the top right corner.
    7. You will then be able to activate your U-Pass on your phone after the start of the term (after 12:00am on January 1, 2022 for the Winter Term)

    Please ensure that you have thoroughly read all information concerning Using your U-PASS, opt-in and opt-out procedures prior to sending inquiries about the U-PASS. If you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact gsa.admn@usask.ca  

  • 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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