Open University and Special Session Students

About the SmartPass

SJSU students can enjoy unlimited rides on Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) local buses (Non-Express) and Light Rail lines with the SmartPass Clipper for the duration of the Spring semester plus Summer or Fall semester plus Winter session. SmartPass Express bus riders can board Express buses by paying a surcharge of $2.50 per ride as E-cash loaded on the SmartPass Clipper card. Visit Clipper's website to find out how to load value to your clipper card.

You can also use your SmartPass Clipper card on other Bay Area transit agencies' services such as Caltrain, BART, SF Muni, etc., provided that you load the clipper card with additional funds.

How to get your SmartPass Clipper 

As an Open University or Special Session student, you are not eligible to receive the SmartPass Clipper card unless you become a member of the Associated Students (AS) by paying the AS fee. The fee includes access to all AS services. 

Once you have registered for courses and paid your fees:

  1. Request a SmartPass Clipper card online request
  2. Bring your SJSU Student Identification Card along with a photo ID to the AS General Services Cashier counter (located in Student Union, East Wing, Room 1800) and pay the Associated Students fee plus the $3 clipper card fee. The staff will issue your SmartPass Clipper card. The AS fee is not refundable.
  1. Then, go to the Tower Card Window in the Student Services Center (North Garage, 1st Floor), present the SmartPass Clipper card and AS fee receipt and apply for a Tower Card.

International Gateways

  1. Request a SmartPass Clipper card online request
  2. Then, go to the Tower Card Window in the Student Services Center (North Garage, 1st Floor), present the SmartPass Clipper card and AS fee receipt and apply for a Tower Card.
  3. Contact your department about the next steps. 

Renewing Your SmartPass

To renew your SmartPass, visit the General Services cashiering office located in the East Wing of Student Union building on 9th Street Plaza by the ATM's, present your SmartPass Clipper and Tower Card to the staff and pay the Associated Students fee.

All SmartPass Clippers must be renewed by the last day to add class date in spring or fall semester. The SmartPass Clippers that have not been renewed will be deactivated after the deadline. The fee for renewing the SmartPass after the deadline is the Associated Students semester fee plus a $10 late renewal fee. Your SmartPass will be reactivated within 5-7 business days. The SmartPass renewal is not refundable.

Additional Information:

  • You will receive only one SmartPass Clipper Card. The card's serial number is linked to your name and Tower Card number
  • You must carry your Tower Card when using the SmartPass Clipper card. VTA requires the SJSU Tower Card to be presented with the SmartPass Clipper. VTA Fare Inspectors will issue a citation to any SJSU student or employee without a Tower Card
  • When scanning your SmartPass Clipper on the VTA clipper readers, you will see a note that the pass is valid until December 31st. You can ignore this date; your card will remain active based on your renewal. 

If you are experiencing validation defect or other problems with your SmartPass Clipper card, do not discard the card, bring it to the AS Transportation Solutions' office for a free replacement

SmartPass Clipper Policies

Please review the SmartPass Clipper replacement, defective, and illegal use policies [pdf].

Important Information Regarding Clipper Card Virtualization

With the recent launch of the ability to add Clipper cards onto mobile wallets (Apple Wallet, Samsung Pay, etc.), we advise not to utilize this feature with the SmartPass, as this will void all discounts offered through the SmartPass program. If you have already done so, we advise you to come in to our office and request a replacement card.