Loyola University Chicago

CTA U-Pass

Eligibility Requirements

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

Spring Term 2023

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 (please note: classes still must be coded to the Lake Shore or Water Tower campuses to count towards U-Pass eligibility. Maywood campus classes do not count towards eligibility)
  • School of Education
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies (excluding programs structured as 8 week terms)
  • School 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
  • School of Environmental Sustainability
  • School of Communication
  • Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
  • Quinlan School of Business

Additional Qualifications

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

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 benefit, 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.

Spring 2023 Opt-In: Graduate students enrolled in hybrid or online-only programs may opt in to the U-Pass program, if their total credit hours for the term meet or exceed the eligibility requirements for graduate students above. To opt in for Spring 2023, please complete our form. Please allow 48 business hours for card activation. Cards will be activated according to our Spring 2023 calendar. If a card has not been previously ordered, please allow 5-7 business days for delivery to campus.

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 a weekend only program of the School of Law, School of Education, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, School 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.
  • Any student enrolled in an Institute for Paralegal Studies 8-week term.

* 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 term after the time that U-Pass eligibility can be updated, their U-Pass will not be active that semester. Please see our list of activation/deactivation dates and eligibility deadlines here.