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 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: $149 per semester (please note that Arrupe fees and eligibility work differently: for questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Undergraduate Summer Students: $113 for the summer
Arrupe College Summer Students: $85 for the summer
When students are ready to ride, they can follow these steps to access buses and trains:
On the bus: Touch your Ventra card to the Ventra reader. If you leave it in your wallet or purse, then you could be charged a fare if you have debit / credit cards with a Wi-Fi symbol on them.
On the train: Touch your Ventra card to the Ventra reader at the turnstyle and wait for the Go light. Do not touch it multiple times or leave it in your wallet or purse since you could be charged a full fare if you have debit / credit cards with a Wi-Fi symbol.
For more information, please visit CTA
Please see U-Pass Troubleshooting in the event your card is inoperative