U•Pass® Student Transit Program for Metro & Metrobus

You may now visit the GWorld Card Office to pick up your UPass card.  

The George Washington University has joined the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) U•Pass program, providing full-time students with unlimited use of Metrorail and Metrobus for a discounted, flat fee. Metro charges GW $1 per day during the semester per enrolled student. Students pay a subsidized fee of $100 on their eBill and the university covers the rest of the cost of the U•Pass transportation program. U•Pass is not an active program during the winter and summer breaks.

The spring 2023 U•Pass program will begin Tuesday, January 17, and will continue through Sunday, May 21, 2023 (Commencement Day).  If you are a new, incoming student for the spring semester, or did not pick up your card during the fall semester, please visit us at the below dates and times during the first week of classes. Students who already picked up their U•Pass during the Fall 2022 distribution do not have to pick up a new card for their renewed participation in the program.  The card you picked up in the fall 2022 semester will be your card for the spring 2023 semester. 


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Undergraduate students enrolled in on-campus classes (eg: not study abroad or traditional online-only programs) within the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW’s Business School, Milken Institute School of Public Health and School of Engineering & Applied Science are included in this mandatory U•Pass public transit program. Eligible undergraduate students will automatically be assessed the subsidized mandatory student fee on their eBill each fall and spring enrolled. 

The following full-time students must pre-pay a $100 non-refundable student transportation fee via their student account prior to picking up a U•Pass card:

  • Undergraduate students in the School of Nursing, College of Professional Studies and School of Medicine & Health Sciences enrolled in 12 or more credits/semester.
  • Graduate, medical, doctoral and exchange students enrolled in 9 credits or more/semester.
  • Law students in the JD and LLM programs enrolled in 9 credits or more/semester.

If you are a graduate or professional student who has finished all of your class requirements and are in the process of completing your thesis, dissertation and/or lab research, you will need to work directly with your program director or advisor to apply for Full-Time Certification. If your program/school approves your request, you will be eligible to participate in U•Pass. You will then need to follow the below steps to add the U•Pass fee to your account. After applying the fee to your account, please visit the GWorld office to get your U•Pass card.

  1. Log-in to Banner/GWeb
  2. Select: Student Accounts and click on Student Account eBill
  3. Select: Make a Payment
  4. Select: Add U•Pass *You have an option to pay now by credit card or pay later.
  5. Make sure you save and submit. If successful, you will see a pop-up screen indicating payment.


Frequently Asked Questions and Helpful Links


GW Partners again with Metro’s U-Pass Program
August 22, 2022
For a $100 subsidized fee, eligible students will have unlimited access to the main source of public transportation in the D.C. region.

GW Students Taking Advantage of U-Pass Partnership
March 29, 2022
Discounted, flat fee on D.C.'s public transportation system allows students to get around the region for essential, leisurely and exploratory trips.

GW to Join Metro U•Pass Program
November 5, 2021
New Program offers unlimited rides on Metrorail and Metrobus for a discounted, flat fee for full-time students.