Student Services

CTA U-Pass

The University of Chicago, in conjunction with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), provides U-Pass cards to UChicago College students. The U-Pass provides unlimited travel on CTA's bus and rail system during regular term time.

2021-22 U-Pass Activation
Quarter Start Date End Date
Autumn Quarter September 22 December 16
Winter Quarter December 29 March 20
Spring Quarter March 23 June 9

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Frequently Asked Questions

    No. All College students who are enrolled in courses (not on a leave of absence, extended status, or studying abroad) will be charged the U-Pass fee.  There is no option to opt out.  This is a CTA/U-Pass policy. If you do not pick up your U-­Pass, you will still be assessed the fee on your student account.

    A U-Pass may only be used on Pace buses if you have added your own fare to the card. U-Passes cannot be used on Metra at all.

    U-Pass is a program offered by the Chicago Transit Authority in which full-time students at participating institutions receive a card granting them unlimited rides on CTA trains and buses for a flat, quarterly fee.

    U-Pass operates under a per diem system, in which participating institutions are charged a fixed amount per cardholder per day that the card is active. Under UChicago's academic calendar, this comes out to approximately $106 per quarter.

    U-Pass is covered as part of financial aid packages for students receiving aid, just like the standard student fee. Students in the College not receiving aid will be charged the $106 per quarter as an additional fee, in the same manner as the Student Services Fee.

    Incoming students may pick up their U-Pass during Orientation.

    Replacement U-Passes can be picked up from Harper Memorial Library 280, Monday-Friday from 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm.

    Please bring your UChicago Student ID card or a government issued photo ID.


    First make sure your enrollment status meets the eligibility requirements. You must be enrolled full-time or on an approved reduced course load. If you are not eligible, your U-Pass has been deactivated. If you are eligible and your U-Pass is still not working, please email or contact the College Dean of Students reception desk at 773.702.8615. If the situation cannot be resolved, contact Ventra at 877.669.8368.

    All full-time College students will receive a U-Pass. Students not enrolled in courses (i.e. on a leave of absence or extended status) or students participating in Study Abroad opportunities are not eligible.

    You will be charged the U-Pass fee for each quarter you are enrolled as a full-time student. The fee will be reflected like any other charge on your account, for example: Student Services Fee.

    No. If you are a full-time student you cannot opt out or be refunded the U-Pass fee. This is a CTA/U-Pass policy. If you do not pick up your U­Pass, you will still be assessed the fee on your student account.

    You have unlimited rides on CTA trains and buses. However you cannot use your pass at the same station or bus line within 15 minutes. Your U-Pass is active during the quarter(s) in which you are enrolled as a full-time student. The U-Pass is not active during Summer Quarter.

    Please email to report your U-Pass as lost or stolen and to request a new one. You will be required to pay a non-refundable $50 replacement fee.

    No. Your U-Pass is valid as long as you are a full-time student. You don't need to renew each year. However, your U-Pass will be deactivated during the summer and reactivated at the start of each Autumn Quarter as long as you are enrolled in an eligible status.

    You will not need to get a new Ventra card. You will be able to load money on your U-Pass in the same manner as the Ventra card.

    Your transit value will roll over. It will not be affected regardless of your student status or quarter.

    The CTA Ventra U-Pass is non-transferable as it carries your photo and name. The CTA reserves the right to require a student to show a valid school identification card upon request. If this condition is violated, the U-Pass will be confiscated for the duration of the valid dates without reimbursement and the person may be subject to arrest and prosecution.

    Students who already own a Ventra card will also be issued a U-Pass because U­ Pass is the only fare card that can have the student rate entitlement added. Both cards will be active, but will have separate accounts. The system currently does not allow balance transfers between cards. If the student wishes to de-activate the Ventra card, he or she may do so; however, the $5 fee for the cost of the Ventra card is non-refundable. Also, the $5 fee applies to each card that is purchased, so the fee cannot be waived for students who have already purchased a Ventra card.