Returning students with a non-expired Ventra U-Pass must be registered by this date to have an active U-Pass on the first day of activation.
New students (including transfer students) must be registered by this date and have an i-card picture on file in order to be able to pick up their U-Pass on the first day of activation.
Continuing student U-Passes activated. New student U-Passes available for pickup in Student Services Building (SSB).
Final day of activation for semester. This is the final day U-Passes can be used without adding separate funds for use on CTA busses and trains.
*Students in the College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, and the Corporate MBA program may have start and end dates that differ from those listed above..
Returning students with a non-expired Ventra U-Pass who register after the above date will see an activation delay of up to 3 business days. This delay may be extended by university or CTA closures, specifically prior to the Spring semester.
To determine if your U-Pass is active, visit ventrachicago.com. After logging in with your card's serial number and expiration date, you can check that 1) your card has a balance of $0.00 or greater and 2) under the 'Passes' section, the U-Pass is listed.
The ID Center is always happy to help troubleshoot issues with your U-Pass. You can call (312-413-5940), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit our office in Student Services Building (SSB). If you'd like to troubleshoot the issue yourself, we recommend the following steps:
If none of the above steps assists in determining why your U-Pass is not functioning as expected, contact the ID Center at email@example.com. Please provide your UIN and any pertinent information. For emails sent before 5:00 PM, we will respond by the end of the same day.
New students (including transfer) whose first U-Pass from UIC is not ready to be picked up may be eligible for a 7-Day pass. You must visit the ID Center to receive the pass. Students whose passes are not activated due to late registration, lost or stolen passes, and negative balances are not eligible for temporary 7-Day passes.
While we will continue to find new and better ways to serve students during the U-Pass distribution process, lines at peak times can be quite long. We understand this is frustrating. There are a few factors. The process prescribed to us by the CTA is complex, there are thousands of cards to distribute, and a number of students visit SSB at the same times. If not necessary, we encourage you to avoid lunchtimes and the first days of distribution.
Visit the ID Center with your i-card or other form of ID (Driver's License, State ID, or Passport). There is a $50 fee payable by cash, credit, or debit card. Your card may take up to 10 business days to arrive on campus for pickup. You will receive an email when your card is available to be picked up.
The CTA Transportation Fee is a required student fee for all full-time students, including students who may be employees. Contractually, waivers are only allowed for students who will not be in the Chicagoland area for the entirety of a semester. This waiver is generally only applicable to students who study abroad. There are no waivers for students who do not wish to partake in the U-PASS program.
Please visit the ID Center in Student Services Building (SSB). Bring your i-card and CTA Ventra card to discuss.
The entirety of the summer session is considered one semester. Credit hours taken in both the eight and four week sessions count towards your total for the session. If eligible, the U-Pass is valid for the entire summer semester.
Students who are unable to use fixed route public transportation due to a disability, may be eligible for the Paratransit Service, a shared ride program offered by the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Please contact the UIC Disability Resource Center for more information.
You should not discard your U-Pass until it has reached its expiration date. Students who discard, including students who leave the university for a period of time, will be assessed the $50 lost card fee.
Use of your pass during periods when you are not eligible or the pass is not active may result in a negative balance. Double tapping the card or using the card to provide a ride for a guest may also result in a negative balance. Please contact the CTA for any issues related to negative balances.
While this is technically feasible, it can be difficult if you don't contact the ID Center well in advance of the start of a semester. We see you as a new student and order a pass, so it's likely that you have a new pass. If you'd like to attempt to transfer your pass, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org at least four weeks prior to the start of a semester.
The U-Pass is only for your use. CTA reserves the right to confiscate passes used by anyone other than the rightful owner. In the case your card is confiscated, you may be banned by the CTA from eligibility for up to one year. During this time, you will continue to pay the CTA Transportation Fee.
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