U-Pass F.A.Q.

What is the U-Pass?

The U-Pass provides you unlimited access to regular service during the winter and fall terms.

The U-Pass is the Universal Transit Pass program, which provides unlimited regular service at a large-scale discount on Edmonton Transit Service (ETS), Strathcona County Transit (SCT), Fort Saskatchewan Transit (FST), Leduc Transit, Spruce Grove Transit, and St. Albert Transit (STAT). The U-Pass is funded by student bodies at NAIT, MacEwan University, the University of Alberta, and Norquest College.

How do students use the U-Pass?

Once the U-Pass fee is paid in full, users are issued a sticker by the Students’ Association (NAITSA) that is placed on their student ID Card. When using the transit system (bus or LRT), ensure your ID card is with you to show transit authorities upon request.

What does U-Pass cost?

For the 2017-18 school year, the U-Pass will cost $170.00 for the Fall term and $170.00 for the Winter term.

When is the U-Pass valid?

The U-Pass program runs during the Fall and Winter semesters. Currently there is no summer U-Pass program at NAIT. The Fall 2017 sticker is valid from September 1st through December 31st, and the Winter 2018 sticker is valid from January 1st through April 30th.

What if I lose my NAIT ID card with my U-Pass?

1) If your ID card is lost or stolen, you pay a $10 card replacement fee and pick up your new ID card at the Library.

2) Bring your new ID card to NAITSA Room E-131.

3) Pay the U-Pass replacement fee; come to the NAITSA office for more details.

 Please Note: It is a serious offence to sell or give your U-Pass sticker away.

What if my sticker is damaged or begins to fall off during the term?

Come to the NAITSA office immediately and we can replace it for you. It’s very important to keep all traces of your U-Pass sticker since we have to show ETS the damaged product. Any sticker that has passed its expiry date can be removed and discarded.

Who is affected?

U-Pass applies to everyone taking even a single credit course at NAIT, regardless of whether they are part-time or full-time.

Is U-Pass mandatory?

For students who are affected, the U-Pass is a mandatory fee even if the student drives or lives outside of the service area.

Is anyone exempt from the U-Pass fee?

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 do not begin until after the first month of classes are exempt from the program and will not be charged the U-Pass fee.

May any other students request an exemption to the U-Pass fee?

Students who have a valid CNIB card, registration with DATS, SCAT or Handibus, work for one of the transit services, or are double enrolled at NAIT and a partner U-Pass school (MacEwan University, the University of Alberta, and Norquest College) may apply for an exemption from their U-Pass fee. Students may also apply for an exemption from the U-Pass fee during their practicum if the practicum lasts 8 weeks or longer per fall or winter term and is outside of the service area. The Fall term application deadline is Sept 29, 2017; the Winter term application deadline is Jan 26, 2018. Please visit https://naitsa.ca/upass-exemption-application/ for more information.

If I withdraw from NAIT, do I still have to pay for U-Pass?

U-Pass is a non-refundable fee except for students who withdraw from NAIT before the exemption deadline (see “May any other students request an exemption to the U-Pass fee?” and have not picked up their U-Pass sticker. Once the sticker is picked up the fee is not refundable even if the student withdraws. If you are a sponsored student and you pick up your U-Pass and then drop your courses, you will still need to pay the U-Pass fee.

I thought I was Continuing Education. Why am I paying for U-Pass?

As of September 2013, NAIT has eliminated the Continuing Education classification of credit students. Those students are now classified as regular program students, and pay the same fees as all other credit students.

How was the U-Pass decision made?

In February 2017 NAIT students passed a referendum to continue U-Pass at NAIT and extend it to all credit students. NAITSA’s bylaws require that a fee such as U-Pass be approved in a referendum, and that it must pass by a 2/3 majority of students who vote. 2,765 students voted with 86.5% majority voting YES to keep U-PASS. Those students who were full members of NAITSA were eligible to vote. For more information, U-Pass Referendum 2017

Will I still be able to claim the Federal Tax Credit?

Yes, U-Pass fees are eligible to claim for the Federal Transit Tax credit. Just follow the steps below:
1. Log into your MyNAIT Portal
2. Select the My Account tab on the left and click on Fees & Payments link. (Do not click on Tax Receipts!)
3. Go to Receipts & Payment History to see the history of all your payments.
4. This should lead you to a breakdown of your fees, including the U-Pass. This is the information you print to include in your taxes. Make sure you do it for both semesters.

I wasn’t charged for a U-Pass. May I purchase one anyway?

Unfortunately, our contract with the transit providers states that we are not allowed to sell a U-Pass to students who are already eligible one. If you are not charged for a U-Pass (e.g. are an apprentice or in a non-credit program) but would still like access to public transit while attending NAIT, your best bet would be to look into getting a monthly pass from Shop at NAIT for 10% off.