Loyola University Chicago

CTA U-Pass

Eligibility Requirements

Who Qualifies for a 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) in:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Quinlan School of Business
  • School of Communication
  • Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
  • School of Education
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies (excluding programs structured as 8 week terms)
  • Institute of Environmental Sustainability
  • Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health

All undergraduate students enrolled in 3 or more credit hours at both Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses in Arrupe College of Loyola University of Chicago.

Graduate students enrolled in 8 or more graduate credit hours (or 6 credit hours or more per quarter) at the Lake Shore or Water Tower Campus in:

  • School of Law
  • School of Social Work
  • Institute of Pastoral Studies
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School
  • Institute of Environmental Sustainability
  • School of Communication
  • Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
  • Quinlan School of Business

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.

Students who are part-time in one college and part-time in another cannot receive the U-Pass entitlement even if the combined hours make them full-time. For example, a Graduate School of Business and Law student with 3 credit hours in business and 3 in law would not be eligible for a U-Pass.

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 abroad. 
  • Students enrolled in the Loyola University Medical Center, Educational Cohorts, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the EMBA program, and Social Work Carthage programs will not participate in the CTA U-Pass program.
  • Any graduate or professional studies students of Loyola who, regardless of number of credit hours, are enrolled exclusively in an online-only program and/or weekend only program of the School of Law, School of Education, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, School of Communication, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, or Quinlan School of Business.
  • Graduate and professional students enrolled in programs located at the Loyola University Medical Center Health Sciences Campuses. Social Work programs at Carthage College will also not participate in the U-Pass program.

*The U-Pass is offered  in the summer to certain undergraduate programs, Quinlan School of Business Graduate Programs, and Arrupe College. Starting Summer 2021, the Graduate School of Social Work will be included in the Summer U-Pass program. All students that register for summer courses of 1 credit hour or more will be automatically enrolled in Loyola’s Summer U-Pass program.  The SSW program will run from 5/27/20 through 8/10/20, and includes all students taking GSWK courses and students in the PhD program.  All eligible students will be assessed a mandatory summer U-Pass fee of $108 on their LOCUS account.

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.