Updated December 21, 2021
With the University of Manitoba’s announcement that classes will be remote until the end of February, it has been decided in the best interest of students to suspend the U-Pass program for the Winter 2022 term. An opt-out is NOT required at this time. The U-Pass fee assessed on your fee statement will be removed before the fee deadline.
For any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and student number.
NOTE: Before requesting an opt-out, check your Aurora tuition fee statement to see if you have been charged for the U-Pass. If you have not been charged the U-Pass fee, you do not have to request an opt-out.
If you have been approved for an opt-out for the Fall term under category A (commute from a residence outside the City of Winnipeg), your opt-out is valid for the academic year and do not need to reapply for the Winter term. The U-Pass fee is not removed from approved students’ accounts until after the course revision deadline in either Term, as students may alter their registration and eligibility for the U-Pass during this time. This means that if you are approved to opt-out for the full year in September, you may still see the U-Pass fee on your Winter tuition until the Winter course revision deadline. If you decide to withdraw your opt-out application and pick up a U-Pass, you must send an email with your request to email@example.com.
In order to successfully opt-out, you must meet and be able to provide appropriate supporting documentation for one of the following criteria:
A) Commute from a residence outside the City of Winnipeg boundaries throughout the Term
B) Registered with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind
C) Employee of Winnipeg Transit
D) Participating in a co-operative work program for at least 60 days during the Term
E) Studying outside Canada for at least 60 days during the Term
F) Participating in an internship or conducting research outside the City of Winnipeg boundaries for at least 60 days during the Term
G) Hold a valid U-Pass from another Post-Secondary Institution within Winnipeg
H) A registered Handi-Transit user
All applications must include the required supporting documentation and be submitted in full by the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
While UMSU is responsible for adjudicating your request against established criteria, the criteria are not at the sole discretion of UMSU. For this reason, not all opt out requests can be granted. Note that the following are examples of opt-out request reasons which are not acceptable and will not be approved:
- I walk / cycle / carpool to campus
- I drive to campus / I purchased a U of M Parking Pass
- I live in Residence
- I don’t take the bus
- I’m not satisfied with the transit services offered in my neighbourhood
- Please note that all opt-out applications and supporting documentation must be submitted during the opt-out period. The final deadline to submit your completed electronic opt out request is: February 7, 2022 – 4:00 PM
When you submit your application online, you will receive a response from the U-Pass Committee once they have reached their decision regarding your application. Please DO NOT contact UMSU about the status of your application, as we are unable to provide status updates. Approved applicants will have their U-Pass Fee removed before tuition is due; if you have already paid your tuition including this fee, you will see a credit on your account. Students not returning for a future term can speak to the University Cashier’s office once this credit appears.