Monday, April 6, 2020


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with UW leadership, the Universal Student U-PASS Advisory Board has decided to waive the Universal Student U-PASS fee for spring quarter 2020. This is in response to public health directives on social distancing, area transit agencies’ decisions to temporarily stop collecting fares, and the move to online instruction for spring quarter.

For those who have not yet paid their tuition statement, the U-PASS fee will be reversed and removed from the charges you need to pay.

For those who have paid their tuition statement already, the resulting credit balance on your student account will be refunded.

To receive your refunds faster and in the safest manner, Student Fiscal Services recommends that you set up Direct Deposit. If you prefer to receive a check, please make sure that your local address on MyUW is correct. You can verify and change your address by logging into MyUW and clicking on “change of address”. Please note that delivery of the check will take 7-10 business days.

With the waiver of the fee, your U-PASS will be deactivated for spring quarter. The exception is Academic Student Employees who will continue to have an active U-PASS under the terms of their collective bargaining agreement.

As mentioned above, transit agencies are not currently collecting fares and so rides are effectively free, however should be taken sparingly due to social distancing directives designed to stem the outbreak. Should area transit agencies reinstate fares prior to the end of the quarter, you will have the option of purchasing a U-PASS from Transportation Services at the employee rate.

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

Faculty and staff

To cancel your U-PASS and stop payroll deductions, please email with the subject line: “Cancel employee U-PASS on MM/DD/YYYY” and include your name, employee ID number and a statement requesting cancellation of the U-PASS and payroll deductions.

Your U-PASS will remain active and you will remain financially responsible for payments until you receive confirmation via email. We will do our best to cancel your U-PASS on the preferred date, but please allow 2-4 business days for processing.

Note: Canceling your U-PASS or having an inactive U-PASS makes you ineligible for U-PASS related benefits. This includes the Emergency Ride Home program and subsidies for your vanpool. Please consider these factors when canceling your U-PASS.