U-Pass: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where do students obtain U-Pass stickers?
A: Stickers can be picked up or reactivated at The USSU Information Centre. These stickers will be placed on your student card.
Q: How much does the U-Pass cost each student?
A: Starting with Term 1 of each school year, each student is assessed a fee of $73.51 per term on their student account.
Q: What if a student loses their U-Pass sticker?
A: Students will receive a new sticker free of charge if theirs’ has been damaged. If they have lost their student card they will have to replace the card and pay a $15.00 replacement charge for the sticker.
Q: What if the student wants to give his/her sticker to another student who wants it but is not eligible under the terms of the referendum?
A: The U-Pass sticker is NOT transferable and any attempt to remove it from a student card will destroy it.
Q: Who is eligible for an exemption?
A: Exemptions include:
- Students who live in on-campus residences.
- Students who live outside the city limits during the term.
- Students who hold a disability parking pass for the U of S.
- Students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses or programs
Q: If students applied for an exemption at the beginning of September must they apply again in term 2?
A: Students who believe they are eligible for an exemption need to re-apply every term.
Q: How do students with disabilities apply for an exemption?
A: Disability services is sending the USSU a list of the eligible students, their student numbers, and their date of birth. All students using the accessibility buses are covered by U-Pass, which will ensure they too benefit from the U-Pass.
Q: How do students living outside the city secure an exemption?
A: Students will need to provide 3 pieces of identification with their address and a phone number, proving that they are currently living outside City limits. Please note that the USSU assumes that there is a reasonable distance for students to commute into the city and that home addresses outside Saskatoon, say in Meadow Lake, will not be accepted as out of town residence.
Q: How do students involved in internship or study abroad programs gain exemption?
A: These students should never be assessed the fee. If it appears of their Student Account they should contact the USSU main office.
Q: How do students living in on-campus residences (Ogle Hall, Voyageur Place, and Lutheran Theological Seminary) gain an exemption?
A: Students must fill out a form if they want to be granted an exemption. The USSU receives a list that will be use for confirmation of your status in residence. You may also provide a copy of your lease.
Q: If a student is eligible for an exemption are they required to apply for one or can they have the pass?
A: If a student wants their U-Pass they do not need to apply for exemption but may instead go to the Information Centre to receive their sticker.
On November 5 and 6, 2008, undergraduate students voted whether or not to make the Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass) permanent. The question was:
Are you in favor of a Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass) for all undergraduate students at a cost of $69.50(with a yearly CPI Adjustment) per student per term covering the months of September to December (Term 1) and January to April (Term 2) each year?
Students in one or more of the following categories will be eligible for exemption: those living outside the city limits, those enrolled exclusively in distance education courses, those living in on-campus housing (Ogle Hall, Voyageur Place Residence, Lutheran Theological Seminary and St. Andrew's) or those holding a disabilities parking pass.
Results were as follows:
Spring & Summer U-Pass Referendum
The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union seeks to expand the current U-Pass program to cover the months of May through August. Subject to student approval of the referendum question below, undergraduate students registered in 3 credit units in Spring Session, Quarter 1 and/or 2 (May and/or June) will receive a U-Pass for May and June for a fee of $36.75 in 2013. The fee will be subject to a yearly consumer price index increase. Undergraduate students registered in 3 credit units in Summer Session, Quarter 3 and/or 4 (July and/or August) will receive a U-Pass for July and August for a fee of $36.75 in 2013 and similarly subject to a yearly consumer price index increase. Only students registered in classes will be eligible for a U-Pass. The referendum question is:
Do you support the implementation of a Spring and/or Summer U-Pass (universal bus pass) for undergraduate students enrolled in May and/or June (Spring Session, Quarter 1 and 2 or the entire spring term) for $36.75 with a yearly consumer price index adjustment and for July and/or August (Summer Session, Quarter 3 and 4 or the entire summer term) for a fee of $36.75 with a yearly consumer price index adjustment for those undergraduate students enrolled in July and/or August?
Students in one or more of the following categories will be eligible for exemption: those living outside the city limits, those enrolled exclusively in distance education courses, those living in on-campus housing (Ogle Hall, Voyageur Place Residence, Lutheran Theological Seminary and St. Andrew's), or those unable to ride the bus due to a disability.