Loyola University Chicago

CTA U-Pass


Who Qualifies?

Generally, undergraduate and graduate students (including Law) in qualifying programs with 12 and 8 credit hours, respectively, qualify for the Loyola U-Pass. Quinlan School of Business Graduate Programs require 6 or more graduate business credit hours to qualify for the U-Pass. 

The following students are eligible to participate in the CTA U-Pass program:

All undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credit hours at both Loyola Campuses (Lake Shore and Water Tower)

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Quinlan School of Business
  • School of Communication
  • Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
  • St. Joseph Seminary
  • School of Education
  • School of Social Work

Graduate students enrolled in 8 or more graduate credit hours at the Loyola Campuses  

  • School of Law
  • School of Social Work
  • Institute of Pastoral Studies
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

All qualifying credit hours must appear in LOCUS as graded classes; departmental hours, pass/fail, or audited classes are NOT counted toward U-Pass qualification

The winter J-Term does not have the U-Pass benefit. The J-term does not count toward qualification in other terms.

The following programs are INELIGIBLE to participate in the CTA U-Pass program:

  • Any student enrolled in Loyola's Rome Center Campus or in any other programs located in foreign countries. 
  • Students enrolled in the Loyola University Medical Center, Educational Cohorts, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and Social Work Carthage programs will not participate in the CTA U-Pass program.

*The U-Pass is offered  in the summer to certain undergraduate programs, Quinlan School of Business Graduate Programs, and Arrupe College. It is not offered to traditional graduate programs or the Law School at this time.

* Please note that changes in enrollment that drop a student to ineligible status may cause the U-Pass to be deactivated, depending on when the changes are made. Also note that if a student makes late changes that fall after the time that U-Pass eligibility can be updated, their U-Pass will not be active that semester.

Can I Opt-in or Opt out?

All students in an eligible program are charged for this benefit and are UNABLE to opt out. The decision is made at the school or program level to be part of the program. Individual students cannot opt out.

In many ways, this is like other charges at the university. Students may not use Halas Hall but still pay a for this as part of their tuition and fees.

Conversely, students may not individually opt-in to U-Pass. We encourage you to visit the Dean of your school/academic program for guidance. Since the U-Pass is not an optional program, ALL students in a qualifying academic program/school must pay for the pass. Individual schools/programs can choose, based on the need of their students, to participate in the program if they feel it would benefit the vast majority of their students.


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