FALL 2020 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The UPASS transit fee will only be assessed to full-time and part-time on-campus students for the Fall 2020 term.

Students who will be registered as full-time or part-time remote, for the Fall 2020 term, will be able to opt-in to the UPASS. 

If you are unsure of what your enrollment status would be for the Fall 2020 term, please contact Student Central. If you would like to confirm if you have been assessed the UPASS transit fee for the Fall 2020 term, please check your tuition statement account summary through PAWS.  

How to Opt-In:

Students who have NOT been assessed the UPASS for the Fall 2020 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 show up in your student account summary (PAWS).

When you see the UPASS fee (GSA Saskatoon Transit Fee) appear in your student account summary (PAWS) please follow the instructions in How to Acitivate Your UPASS. Please do NOT schedule an appoinment until you see your UPASS fee appear on your student account summary in PAWS.

Students have until December 1, 2020 to Opt-In to the UPASS for the Fall 2020 term.

How to Activate UPASS:

If you have been assessed the UPASS fee (it shows in your account summary for the Fall 2020 term as GSA Saskatoon Transit Fee), please schedule an appointment to activate your UPASS with the USSU.

You will receive a confirmation email from your appointment with instructions.

Please follow these instruction carefully as they include important information regarding how to activate your UPASS in-person at Place Riel:

  • when you arrive at the front doors of Place Riel for your scheduled appointment, call 306-966-6962, have your student card ready; a USSU employee will greet you, confirm your appointment and escort you to the USSU Office to activate your UPASS.

Please remember that it is now MANDATORY to wear non-medical masks or cloth face-masks in all indoor campus spaces. Have your mask with you when you arrive for your scheduled appointment. Please DO NOT come on campus if you are feeling unwell/showing signs of illness.

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 U-Pass Opt-Out Click HereThe last day to apply for the Fall 2020 term Opt-Out is September 17, 2020. Completed online applications are due no later than 4:30 PM. Opt-out applications completed after the deadline will NOT be accepted.

Students who are assessed the UPASS AND are working remotely for the Fall 2020 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 17, 2020, 4:30 PM. Applications received after the deadline will NOT be accepted.

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

U-PASS activation details for the Fall 2020 term are being finalized and will be available as soon as possible.

U-Pass offers students huge savings for transportation on Saskatoon Transit.

  • 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.

Important Dates for 2020-21

August (tbd), 2020

  • If you received a UPass sticker in the past, you will be required to reactivate the sticker.
  • Opt-out application may be submitted online. Please click here for the opt-out form. Please make sure to log in to your PAWS account when you are filling the opt-out form.  

September 1, 2020

  • Term 1 UPASS stickers are activated. 
  • If you have received or reactivated your U-Pass sticker for Term 1, you will be able to access City Transit with your UPASS.

September 17, 2020

  • Last day to apply for Term 1 opt-outs. Please click here for the opt-out form. Completed online applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. Please make sure to log in to your PAWS account when you are filling the opt-out form.
  • No exceptions will be made for those who do not complete the opt-out application on time.  

December (tbd), 2020

  • If you received a UPASS sticker in the past, you will be required to reactivate the sticker .
  • Opt-out application may be submitted online here. Please make sure to log in to your PAWS account when you are filling the opt-out form.  

December 31, 2020

  • Term 1 UPASS stickers are deactivated at the end of the day.

January 1, 2021

  • Term 2 UPASS stickers are activated.
  • If you have received or reactivated your UPASS sticker for Term 2, you will be able to access City Transit with your UPASS.

January 17, 2020

  • Last day to apply for Term 2 opt-outs. Please click here for the opt-out form. Completed online applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. Please make sure to log in to your PAWS account when you are filling the opt-out form. 
  • No exceptions will be made for those who do not complete the opt-out application on time.  

April 30, 2021

  • Term 2 UPASS stickers are deactivated at the end of the day.

The cost of the UPASS for Fall 2020 is $114.16. 

The cost of the UPASS for Winter 2021 is $114.16. 

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 2020/2021 academic year, the annual GSA membership is $74.12. Membership is valid from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021. 

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

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 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/or confiscate a UPASS sticker with 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 transfers a UPASS to another.
  • Attempts to use an invalid UPASS.
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