Loyola University Chicago

CTA U-Pass

Opt-Out FAQ

Due to our limited on-campus student experience this year, the CTA has granted Loyola University Chicago the ability to offer an opt-out option for students who wish to waive their U-Pass fee. This option will be evaluated each term by the CTA and updated below as soon as information becomes available. Any student may opt-out of the U-Pass fee during the time frame listed below for their respective program's semester/quarter. For any questions on the opt-out process, please visit our page.

Spring 2023

Graduate Business students, please click here for the spring term 2023 waiver site. The last day to opt out is March 1st, 2023. Note: Undergraduate, Graduate and Law students are no longer able to opt out of the spring 2023 U-Pass. 


Military or Paratransit Pass

If you have a military service or paratransit pass through the CTA, you may be eligible to have your U-Pass fee waived. If you have either pass, email upass@luc.edu to find out about a waiver. 




Check your LOCUS account. The CTA U-Pass credit/waiver will appear on your student account the 1-2 days after you complete the waiver form. This waiver will reduce the amount owed: it will either remove the CTA U-Pass fee or ensure the fee is not applied to your account for your respective semester/quarter. It will NOT appear as a cash refund.

Yes! Your U-Pass will be activated in later semesters/quarters, so keep your card to avoid paying the $50 replacement fee for a new one.

Your U-Pass can also always be used as a regular full-fare Ventra card when the U-Pass portion of the card is not activated. This means you can always use the card using your own funds in semesters/quarters where you do not have an active U-Pass.


Unfortunately once a waiver has been processed, we are unable to reverse it. You may still use your U-Pass as a full-fare card in the meantime until the next semester/quarter begins. To add funds, visit a CTA kiosk, located in any CTA train station, download the Ventra app, or visit www.ventrachicago.com.

Unfortunately, no. The next term you are eligible and active, a replacement card will be ordered for you. In the meantime, you can purchase a temporary card at any CTA kiosk.