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Claiming a free pass as a UofSC student, faculty or staff member

Before Attempting to Claim a Pass and Register for Access

  • Already have a free account? Sign out of site before you try to register for free access.
  • If you currently pay for a digital subscription to, it will not allow you to register. See more details below.

How to Claim a Pass and Register for Access

  1. Visit this registration link to get started (click "Ignore" if you get a safety warning in Chrome)
  2. Create an account with using your university email address*
  3. Select your status as either student or faculty/staff
  4. Students will need to enter their graduation date
  5. Go to and login with your new account for access

*If you already have a free account with, login with that account regardless of what email address you used.

Getting Mobile Access

After you have registered for your account, you can download free mobile apps for Apple iOS or Android and login for access. Does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords or The New York Times Crosswords apps.

For Faculty and Staff Members

  • Passes for faculty and staff are good for 1456 days (almost 4 years)
  • You will need to repeat the registration process to renew your free pass once it expires

Options for Current Digital Subscribers free passes are only available to individuals who do not already have an active digital subscription.

If you are currently a digital subscriber, you must ask to cancel your subscription before you can claim a pass and activate access through the USC pass. However, you can keep any premium subscriptions such as Games/Crossword while only canceling your Digital Access subscription.

If you choose to cancel:

  • Use the chat or text options under Account > Subscription overview > Cancel subscription
  • Call the New York Times at 877-277-4110

Once your existing subscription is canceled, follow the process above to claim your free pass and then login with your existing username and password. If you were already using a mobile app, it should continue to work without requiring any changes after you claim your pass.


Access to through USC does not include e-reader editions, Times Premier content (such as Games) or digital versions of The New York Times Crossword.

Pass holders are limited to five complimentary articles published between 1923-1980 per day from, but USC has a subscription to New York Times Historical which provides unlimited access to the full archive back to 1851.

Troubleshooting and Frequently Asked Questions

If you get stuck on a blank white screen or the 'Welcome to the New York Times' page, visit and make sure that an account is not currently logged into the site.

If you receive a message that you have reached your monthly limit of articles, make sure you have:

  • Claimed your free pass using the instructions above. Just logging in with a university email is not enough.
  • Logged in to the site after claiming your pass. You must be logged into the site for free unlimited access.
  • Activated a new pass if your initial pass has expired (faculty and staff only.)