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Summer Quarter Activity Fee and U-Pass Access

Dear TGS students,

The Graduate School will not charge a Summer Quarter activity fee for full-time students and will not activate any U-Passes for the Summer Quarter unless you opt-in using this form by Saturday, July 25, 2020. If you are a new TGS student and have not yet submitted your photo to the Wildcard Office, you will need to first complete this step. Your U-Pass will be ready approximately two weeks after you submit your photo.

If you are a full-time student and plan to use your U-Pass transit card during the Summer Quarter, please complete the opt-in form. We will activate your U-Pass and the Summer Quarter activity fee of $125 will be applied to your student account. Please note, the Summer Quarter begins on Monday, June 22 and ends on Monday, September 21. 

Students enrolled in the Online Master of Arts in Counseling Program through The Family Institute, TGS 512 (continuous registration), TGS 514, or a co-op internship are not charged an activity fee and are not eligible for the services it provides.

  • To ensure continuous service, please complete the opt-in form by Sunday, June 21.
  • If you are unsure of your Summer Quarter plans, you may opt-in anytime between now and Saturday, July 25, but your U-Pass will not work until you complete the form. 

Depending on how often you plan to use your U-Pass during the Summer Quarter, it may be more affordable to pay the activity fee of $125 for continuous service or to pay out of pocket by adding funds to your U-Pass as needed. Please refer to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) fare chart to help make the decision that is best for you.

Once you choose to opt-in and your U-Pass has been activated, you will not be able to change your decision due to our contractual obligations with the CTA/Ventra. In addition, per our contract, we will not be able to honor any new U-Pass activation requests for the Summer Quarter after Saturday, July 25. 

If you do not plan to use your U-Pass during the Summer Quarter, no further action is needed. Your U-Pass will remain inactive and you will not be charged the Summer Quarter activity fee.

If you previously applied for and/or were approved for an activity fee waiver for the Summer Quarter, opting-in for the U-Pass will supersede the waiver, and you will be charged the activity fee. Otherwise, you do not need to submit an activity fee waiver request since TGS is only charging an activity fee for the Summer Quarter to those who are using their U-Pass.

All TGS students will retain access to TGS Legal Services, which is also covered by the quarterly activity fee. 

The CTA is placing the highest priority on keeping everyone healthy and safe. Please visit the CTA Coronavirus webpage to read more about their safety measures and additional tips for riders.

Please email tgs-u-pass@northwestern.edu with any questions.

Sincerely,
Lauren-Ashley Buchanan, PhD 
Associate Director, Student Life
The Graduate School