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PLEASE NOTE THAT UPASS ARC CARD PICK-UP HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR SEPT. 16 & 17. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR FURTHER UPDATES. STUDENTS ARE TO USE THEIR STUDENT ID AS VALID PROOF OF PAYMENT STARTING AUG 25TH UNTIL THE THEY RECEIVE THEIR UPASS ARC CARD.

What is the U-Pass?

Parking at MacEwan University’s City Centre Campus is scarce and not necessarily affordable for students. The U-Pass is SAMU’s helpful alternative to driving and dealing with these parking predicaments. In partnership with Edmonton, Strathcona County, St. Albert, Leduc, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, and Beaumont Transit.  U-Pass entitles a student to unlimited use of the regular transit service offered by the Municipalities (including but not limited to the Light Rail Transit and Edmonton Transit Service Route 747 to the airport) during the School Term to which the U-Pass Fee relates. Making the U-Pass an affordable way for MacEwan students to get around during the school year. The U-Pass is available to all students who are enrolled in at least one in credit course at MacEwan University. Students are assessed each term if they are in an on-campus program and an on-campus class. Students who are exclusively in online credit courses will not be assessed the U-Pass.

Where to Get Your U-Pass

Instead of stickers we are moving to the new Edmonton region’s Smart Fare (Arc Card) for students to upload their U-Pass. 

PLEASE NOTE: Students are to use their Student ID as valid proof of payment starting Aug 25th until they receive their U-Pass Arc Card.

Arc Cards are available for pick-up starting Tuesday, September 7 in the SAMU Building on the main floor.

Pick-Up Dates & Times: September 6 – 30, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

  • Once you have received your Arc card, you will still need to register the card number on your mystudentsystem to have the fall UPass loaded onto your Arc card.
  • Once the distribution of Arc cards is complete, the grace period where Arc cards can be used as proof of payment, even if the student has not yet registered for the fall U-Pass product, will still proceed.
  • During this period education will be used rather than enforcement for students who have received their Arc cards but have not yet registered for the fall U-Pass product.

HOW TO ACTIVATE YOUR U-PASS

  1. Log into your mystudentsystem and go to the fees tile.
  2. Select U-Pass -Arc Card on the bottom of the menu
  3. Add Arc Card – go to the green button “Add new Card”

  1. A new window will pop up – Add Arc Card number (the account number found on the back) and the 3 digit verification Code (found on the front). Save.

A succsessful added card will have an Active Arc Card Status:

  1. Add Term U-pass on to the Arc Card by Clicking on the Active Card line (A new window will pop up). Change the toggle on the term to Yes
  2. Read and accept the terms and conditions
  3. Save
  4. Wait. Please note it can take up to 2 hours to activate the U-Pass onto the card. Please check back on the term page that the U-pass Status is changed to “Active” before use.

Validations

Fall term U-Pass sticker is valid from August 25 – December 31.

Winter term U-Pass sticker is valid from January 1 – April 30.

Spring/summer term is valid from April 20 – August 31.

Adding a U-pass is required for each term – to get the most from your U-Pass, add it to your Arc card before the new term begins.

Why is the U-Pass Mandatory? 

For the U-Pass price to remain as low as possible, all students must participate in the program. Therefore the U-Pass agreement accounts for full participation from MacEwan students. Only select students will be able to opt-out based on criteria listed below. 9:00

Students who are exclusively in online credit courses will not be assessed the U-Pass. The following special circumstances are able to waive the U-Pass fee:

*Please note that you cannot opt out after you activate your U-pass

  • A student who has a valid Disabled Adult Transit Service (DATS) registration, Strathcona County Mobility Bus registration, St. Albert Handibus registration, Accessible Transit Service (ATS) registration, Fort Saskatchewan Special Transportation Services Society (STSS) registration, or Leduc Assisted Transportation Services (LATS) registration and who is able to prove their registration with a valid photo ID card
  • a Student who has a valid CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) registration card and is able to confirm such registration with a valid CNIB-issued photo ID card;
  • a Student in a co-op or practicum program who is taking no on-campus credit courses lasting more than eight consecutive weeks of a School Term, and who is also fulfilling their course requirements outside the boundaries of the Municipalities for the majority of that School Term;
  • a student who is enrolled at another post-secondary educational institution and is required to participate in a transportation program similar to the U-Pass Program (if any) being offered to students of this other post-secondary educational institution by said institution and the Municipalities;
  • a Student who is currently an employee of a transit system owned and operated by any of the Municipalities and is able to provide written confirmation on the official letterhead of their employment at the beginning of each School Term;
  • a Student who is currently a full-time, continuing employee of MacEwan University taking credit courses at MacEwan University;
  • a student who is identified as falling within an eligible Opt-out pilot Category:
    • Senior Category – consisting of any Student who turns 65 years of age or older during the relevant School Term, and who can provide documentation verifying the same.
    • AISH Category – consisting of any Student with a valid registration in the Assured Income for the Severely Handicaped (AISH) program during the relevant School Term, and who can provide documentation verifying the same.
    • Long Distance Category – consisting of any Student who is durning the school term living outside of a 100km radius, whose centre is measured from the main campus on which their in-person courses are delivered, and who can provide documentation verifying the same.

A map of the greater Edmonton area

To opt-out, log in to your mystudentsystem and in the fees Tile select “U-Pass-Student Opt-Out Form” from the menu. Note you need to opt out of each term separately.

Opt Out Deadlines:

Fall 2021: September 30, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. 

Winter 2022: January 31, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. 

Spring 2022: May 30, 2022 at 4:00 p.m .

With the in favor U-Pass referendum results we are moving forward with a new agreement that starts Fall 2021 and end in 2025. Staying at a fixed rate for $180 per term for the 4 years.

2021-22: $180 per term

2022-23: $180 per term

2023-24: $180 per term

2024-25: $180 per term

If your ARC card is lost or stolen follow the below steps

  1. Log on to your mystudentsystem and go to the fee tile and select “U-Pass-Arc Card” on the menu.
  2. Select the current active card- A pop-up window will open.
  3. Select a reason in the menu “Inactivate this Card for the reason” and Save.
  4. Add new card *New cards are available at the SAMU Office SA-301.

*Note once the card is inactive it cannot be activated again for UPASS at this time.

Book a Goal Session!

Do you find it difficult to stay on track with your assignments? Struggling to hit your deadlines? Goal sessions can be a helpful way to motivate yourself to keep your nose to the grindstone, and get stuff done. Goal sessions are an optional service within Study Buddies.

What to expect with a Goal Session:

  1. Volunteer check-ins on your goal – beginning, middle and end of your session.
  2. Referrals and suggestions on studying if you get stuck.
  3. A cheerleader to help you focus on your goal!

We want your feedback

Let us know how Study Buddies is doing or if you have any suggestions for how we can improve the service.

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Student Refugee Program

Each term, $2.50 of your student fees goes towards supporting SAMU’s Student Refugee Program (SRP). Working with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), SRP funds the tuition and housing of a refugee student for four years. With the help of a local committee group made up of students and staff, SAMU ensures all the sponsored student’s needs are met throughout their time at MacEwan.

Questions? Email norteym@macewan.ca

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