USF contracts with Clipper Direct to administer the pre-tax commuter benefit. With this benefit, you can add transit passes and fares directly to your Clipper card using pre-tax dollars deducted from your paycheck.
In addition, the university subsidizes Clipper Direct purchases for benefits eligible full-time faculty and staff who do not have a university parking permit. In order to receive the USF Commuter Subsidy (up to $65 per month), you must contribute a minimum of $5 each month toward your pre-tax commuter expenses, through your active Clipper Direct online account.
How it works
Your account with Clipper Direct
You are responsible for maintaining your account with Clipper Direct. You must place your orders, make changes, or cancel your orders by the 14th of each month in order to receive the commuter benefit for the following month. You must tag your Clipper card by the 16th of each month in order to activate your monthly passes for that month. If you do not tag your Clipper card, your monthly pass will not load and cannot be refunded or recovered.
The USF Commuter Subsidy
The USF Commuter Subsidy is designed to be used in conjunction with the pre-tax commuter program. The subsidy is applied to your active Clipper Direct order each month. Deductions from your paycheck are pre-tax. In order to receive the subsidy each month, you must have an active order with Clipper Direct and contribute a minimum of $5. There are no refunds, retroactive, or prospective payments of the subsidy. In accordance with IRS regulations, your pre-tax commuter dollars are not refundable, so plan carefully for your transit needs.
You can place orders up to a maximum of $245 (including subsidy and $5.00 employee minimum) on your Clipper Card, using pre-tax dollars deducted from your paycheck.