U-Pass

 The Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) is a group discount program that lowers the cost of transit for NAIT students.

U-Pass is now digital! No more U-Pass stickers – just tap and ride! NAITSA and NAIT are proud to be the first post-secondary institution in Canada to integrate U-Pass transit technology with the one AT NAIT card student identification card! This means you will be able to use your one AT NAIT card to ride to NAIT, instead of having a separate Transit card and a separate student ID card.

U-Pass

 The Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) is a group discount program that lowers the cost of transit for NAIT students.

U-Pass is now digital! No more U-Pass stickers – just tap and ride! NAITSA and NAIT are proud to be the first post-secondary institution in Canada to integrate U-Pass transit technology with the one AT NAIT card student identification card! This means you will be able to use your one AT NAIT card to ride to NAIT, instead of having a separate Transit card and a separate student ID card.

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U-Pass Eligibility

The U-Pass is a mandatory fee for all students enrolled in at least one single credit course on-campus or that has an on-campus component (such as a lab, lecture, exam, etc.) at NAIT in the fall or winter terms. The on-campus credit course must begin before the fall deadline of September 24, 2021, and winter deadline; January 28, 2022.

Students who are NOT eligible for U-Pass:

– Apprentices
– Students who take all of their classes 100% online (Note: this means there is no on-campus component such as labs, lectures, exams, etc.).
– Non-credit students (For example: ESL, Continuing Education)
– Students whose courses begin after the exemption deadlines (Sept. 24, 2021 and Jan. 28, 2022).

Exemption Deadlines

 – Fall 2021: September 24, 2021 at 4pm.
Winter 2022: January 28, 2022 at 4pm.

PLEASE NOTE: The Fall 2021 term U-Pass Exemption Application is now closed. Exemptions DO NOT carry forward from term to term. The Winter 2022 term U-Pass Exemption Application will open December 1, 2021.

U-Pass Fee

How was the U-Pass decision made?

On February 5th to 11th 2021, we have asked our students to vote on this referendum on whether or not we continue the U-Pass program with the negotiated agreements. With an overwhelming 28.2% turnout of students voting, NAIT students have decided to extend the U-Pass program for another 4 years with 77.2% of those students voting YES. Thank you to everyone for participating in this referendum!

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How much is the U-Pass?
The U-Pass fee is charged to all eligible on-campus credit students in the fall and winter terms only. It is $180 per fall and winter terms. A regular adult bus fare costs on average $100 per month, so that is a savings of $220 per term!
Is there a U-Pass for Spring and Summer terms?

No, NAIT students do not have the option to purchase a Spring and Summer U-Pass. There are alternatives offered by ETS and other transit providers for these terms. Please check ETS’ Website for the most up-to-date information on alternative programs to see which ones you qualify.

Is the U-Pass mandatory?
U-Pass applies to every student taking at least a single credit on-campus course at NAIT, regardless of whether they are part-time or full-time.

This includes Academic Upgrading students who are considered credit students.

Apprenticeship students, students who take all of their classes 100% online (meaning they will never need to come to campus for any reason, such as an exam), and students whose courses begin after our exemption deadlines will not be charged the U-Pass fee. (Exemption deadlines are always the last Friday in September and the last Friday in January at 4 pm).

If I withdraw from NAIT, or withdraw from my eligible on-campus credit courses, do I still have to pay for U-Pass?

It depends on when you withdraw from NAIT. If you withdraw from your eligible on-campus credit courses before the exemption deadline, your U-Pass fee will be refunded. If you withdraw from NAIT after the exemption deadline (Sept 24, 2021 and/or January 28, 2022), you will be required to pay the mandatory U-Pass fee. If you’ve withdrawn after the exemption deadline and you’ve already paid the U-Pass fee, you can still use the U-Pass service during the rest of the term by activating your U-Pass via the MyNAIT student portal.

Getting and using your U-Pass

How do I get my U-Pass?

Need your U-PASS activated? Follow these steps:

1. Check if you are eligible to receive a U-Pass. You must be taking a credit course in the Fall or Winter terms. If eligible, this fee will appear on your student financial statement on your MyNAIT Portal.

2. Pay your tuition and fees, including the U-Pass fee, in full.

3. Get your new one AT NAIT Card for Fall 2021; there is no fee for updating the version of the card. Older versions of the one AT NAIT card will not be compatible with U-Pass.

4. Go on your MyNAIT Student Portal to register your card and activate your U-Pass. It can take up to 16 hours to activate your U-Pass before you can use it on transit. You will get an email once it is activated and ready for use.

5. Bookmark this page and check back often for the latest U-Pass program news and information. For any card related questions please contact one@nait.ca

6. To use your U-Pass, simply tap your one AT NAIT card on a card reader when using public transit in the service areas. You will either tap your card in the “Proof of Payment Area” on the LRT platforms or upon boarding.

7. Enjoy your ride!

What do I do if my one AT NAIT card doesn’t work on the transit system after I have activated my U-Pass? Who do I contact?

Keep in mind it may take up to 16 hours to activate the U-Pass from the MyNAIT Portal to the transit authorities. Transit operators and staff are aware this is a new technology and that some bugs could happen at the beginning. If your card does not work, the driver or Peace Officer might require you to provide further proof of validation for your enrolment in the U-Pass program. It is the student’s responsibility to contact one@nait.ca at their earliest convenience to solve this issue. More information on how to contact them can be found at nait.ca/one. One AT NAIT staff will troubleshoot with the student and advise if further steps are required to fix the issue.

Not eligible for U-Pass/alternatives

I am not eligible for the U-Pass. What alternatives do I have?
If you are not eligible for the U-Pass, you may wish to look into purchasing monthly ETS bus passes from the Shop AT NAIT bookstore. Shop AT NAIT has youth passes available for $72.50 for students or individuals 24 or younger, who wish to purchase them. Transactions must be made in-store and require proof of identification and/or NAIT enrollment.

For more info about ETS fares,  click here

You can also look into cycling, as NAIT has bike lockers.

You can check out Communauto (ride sharing) as well as NAIT Parking permits.

NAIT Parking options.

Parking Note: If you choose to park at Kingsway Mall to go to classes, the security guards patrol the area and will issue tickets to those who are not working or shopping at the mall. 

Exemption Requests

Who is eligible for exemption from the U-Pass?

Students that can request a fee exemption from U-Pass are:

Transit Staff: Students with a valid staff card from Edmonton Transit, Strathcona County Transit, St. Albert Transit, Leduc, Beaumont, Spruce Grove, and Fort Saskatchewan.

DATS / SCAT / HANDIBUS: Students who have a valid DATS/SCAT or St. Albert Handibus registration card. However, ETS will accept the U-Pass on DATS, therefore you may wish to keep the pass in that case.

Double Enrolled: Students who are double enrolled at NAIT and another U-Pass partner school (University of Alberta, MacEwan University, and NorQuest College)

Practicum Students:

  • You are on your practicum for 8 weeks or longer during the U-Pass term assessment dates.
  • Your practicum location is outside the service areas (outside of Edmonton, Strathcona County, St.Albert, Leduc, Beaumont, Spruce Grove, and Fort Saskatchewan).
  • Your practicum begins prior to the term’s exemption deadlines: Fall 2021: September 24, 2021 at 4:00pm, Winter 2022: January 28, 2022 at 4:00pm.
  • Separate applications must be submitted for each individual term. In order to submit your request, you must upload a letter from your program office indicating student name, one AT NAIT card, dates and the city of placement.

Long Distance: Students who live greater than a 100km radius away from NAIT campus where their in-person classes are delivered can request a U-Pass exemption.

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) Program: Any student with a valid AISH program registration can apply for the U-Pass exemption by the deadline for that term. Please contact your AISH worker, or visit here to request an AISH verification letter.

Seniors: If you are a student who is turning 65 years of age during the term, or you are already 65 or older, you can apply for the U-Pass exemption by the deadline for that term.

What if I reside outside of the service area?

The U-Pass can be used on transit providers in Edmonton, Strathcona County, St. Albert, Leduc, Beaumont, Spruce Grove, and Fort Saskatchewan. If a student lives further than a 100km radius away from NAIT main campus where their in-person classes are delivered, they can apply for a U-Pass exemption. Please check the map below to view areas outside a 100km radius from NAIT’s main campus. If you fall under this category, you must submit an exemption request form, including an upload of proof of residence (utility bill, driver’s license), prior to the applicable deadlines for both the fall and winter terms here.


If I have a registration for the Assured Income for Severely Handicaped (AISH) program, can I get the U-Pass exemption?

Yes. Any student with a valid AISH program registration can apply for the U-Pass exemption. Please contact your AISH worker, the AISH website to request an AISH verification letter. Please submit an exemption request form which includes an upload of your AISH verification letter, prior to the applicable deadlines for both the fall and winter terms

Is there a senior’s discount for U-Pass?

 If you are a student who is turning 65 years of age during the term, or you are already 65 or older, you can apply for the U-Pass exemption by the deadline for that term. Please submit an exemption request form, including your proof of age uploaded document, prior to the applicable deadlines for both the fall and winter terms here.

How do I request a U-Pass fee exemption?

If you meet one of the categories for exemption, click here to complete your exemption form prior to the term deadline, along with the required documentation.

One At NAIT Cards

How do I take care of my one AT NAIT Card?

The advanced technology inside the newly revamped one AT NAIT cards can be sensitive to the care of the card itself. Be sure to not punch holes in the card, do not bend it, and especially don’t attach your one AT NAIT card to the back of your cell phone while it is charging! This will destroy the chip in the card and you will have to purchase another one AT NAIT card.

What if I lose my one AT NAIT card with my activated U-Pass?

If your one AT NAIT card with your activated U-Pass becomes lost or is stolen, you can freeze your U-Pass access online via the MyNAIT Student portal. Once it is frozen, you can then replace your one AT NAIT card if you cannot find your existing one. 

To replace your one AT NAIT card, you must pay a $25 replacement fee at the one AT NAIT office and the staff there will print you a new card. For the most up-to-date information, location, and hours of operations, visit the ONE AT NAIT CARD web page.

When you have your new one AT NAIT card, you are then able to reactivate your U-Pass via the MyNAIT Student portal.

Transit Service Areas

Where can I use my U-Pass?

The U-Pass provides you unlimited access to regular service in the following cities: