Loyola University Chicago

CTA U-Pass

How it Works

Once it is determined that a student is eligible to participate in the U-Pass program, students are free to ride the Chicago Transit Authority on an unlimited basis. This unlimited privilege is valid for CTA buses and trains. The U-Pass program is NOT valid for Pace and Metra services.

You do not need to do anything to register for the U-Pass program: as long as you are eligible, you will be able to use your U-Pass entitlement and will see the fee for it (included in your tuition) on your eBill. Fees for Fall 2022 are as follows:

Undergraduate and Graduate Students: $155 per semester 
Law School Students: $176 per semester 
Quinlan Graduate School of Business Students: $112 per quarter
Arrupe College Students: $125 per semester (please note that Arrupe fees and eligibility work differently: for questions please contact upass@luc.edu)

When students are ready to ride, they can follow these steps to access buses and trains:

CTA Buses: Touch your Ventra card to the Ventra reader as you are entering the bus.

CTA Trains: Touch your Ventra card to the Ventra reader at the turnstyle and wait for the "Go" light. Do not touch it multiple times or you could be charged a full-fare and temporarily deactivate your U-Pass.

For more information, please visit CTA

Please see U-Pass Troubleshooting in the event your card is not working.