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Fall Quarter TGS Activity Fee and U-Pass Access

Dear TGS students,

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the fact that many courses will be taught remotely this fall, The Graduate School will not charge a Fall Quarter activity fee for full-time students and will not activate any U-Passes for the Fall Quarter unless you choose to opt in.

If you are a full-time student and plan to use your U-Pass transit card during the Fall Quarter, please complete this opt-in form. We will activate your U-Pass, and a Fall Quarter activity fee of $125 will be applied to your student account. Please note, the Fall Quarter begins on Wednesday, September 16 and ends on Sunday, January 3.

If you already have a U-Pass, it will be activated the next business day. If you do not already have a U-Pass, one will need to be issued. Please ensure that your photo has been submitted to the Wildcard Office and that your current address is up to date in CAESAR, then fill in the opt-in formYour card will then be mailed to you in 2-3 weeks. Picking up your U-Pass in person at The Graduate School will not be an option due to COVID-19 pandemic precautions.


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.
  • In order for your U-Pass to be activated at the start of Fall Quarter on Wednesday, September 16, please complete the opt-in form by Friday, September 11. Students with active Summer Quarter U-Passes are encouraged to opt in by September 11 to avoid any interruption in their U-Pass service.
  • If you are unsure of your Fall Quarter plans, you may opt in any time before Saturday, October 24, but your U-Pass will not be active until the next business day after you complete the form.
Depending on how often you plan to use your U-Pass during the Fall Quarter, it may be more affordable to pay the activity fee of $125 for continuous service or to pay out of pocket. 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 Fall Quarter after Saturday, October 24.

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

If you previously applied for and/or were approved for an activity fee waiver for the Fall 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 Fall Quarter to those who are using their U-Pass.

All TGS eligible 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