Thursday, August 19, 2021

This page will be updated as new information becomes available regarding impacts on public transit services and for U-PASS holders.

Student U-PASS Updates

Universal U-PASS for Autumn 2021

In light of the University of Washington’s plan to return to in-person learning in the fall, the Universal Student U-PASS Advisory Board has voted to reinstate the Universal Student U-PASS fee and program for Autumn 2021. This means the mandatory Universal Student U-PASS fee will appear on the tuition statements of all students who pay the Service & Activities Fee (SAF).

With the program reinstated, your U-PASS will be active for autumn quarter. UAW Academic Student Employees will have the fee waived under the terms of their collective bargaining agreement. U-PASS activation is determined by registration date, see the academic calendar for specific dates.

The Universal Student U-PASS program and fee is governed by the Universal Student U-PASS Advisory Board which is made up of student representatives appointed by ASUW and GPSS. If you have further questions or feedback, please reach out to the Advisory Board at

Fee increase

With consideration to the Universal Student U-PASS budget and anticipated transit costs with the expansion of Link light rail service this fall, the Universal Student U-PASS Advisory Board has voted to increase the Universal U-PASS Fee to $92 per quarter, effective Autumn 2021. If you have further questions, please reach out to the Advisory Board at

Faculty and staff

Make sure you have a U-PASS

The Employee U-PASS is available for purchase by UW faculty and staff who are employed in permanent positions and working at least 20 hours a week. If you did not renew your U-PASS during Annual Renewal in June, or if you canceled your U-PASS in the last year, you may need to purchase a U-PASS before returning to campus.

To verify your U-PASS membership, log into your MyUW account with your phone and click on the Accounts tab. If you do need to purchase a U-PASS, you can do so through the online customer portal.

Employees eligible for the fully-subsidized U-PASS will not need to renew their U-PASS product.


If you do have an active U-PASS and it has been more than 60 days since you last used your U-PASS, you will need to reactivate it before using it again. To do that, fill out the online form and allow 24 to 48 hours for the reactivation to process. Then tap your Husky Card on an ORCA reader within 60 days to finalize the activation.