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Summer 2024 U-PASS Important Dates & Waiting Periods


Summer 2024

UIC and CTA have shifted the eligibility requirements to begin at 6 credit hours. Students with 6+ credit hours of registration are eligible to participate in the benefit.  The Summer 2024 CTA U-PASS will be available to any student with 6 or more credit hours.  CTA also continues to offer flexibility by allowing UIC to administer the U-PASS program as optional.  Students who desire to participate (and are eligible) are required to opt-in, confirming that they want a CTA U-PASS and agreeing to be charged the CTA Transit fee on their Bursar account.  You may opt-in to the program and the associated CTA Transportation Fee at

  • The deadline to OPT-OUT is June 11 at 11:59p (CST); after that date the option to OPT-OUT will disable.
  • The deadline to opt-in for the Summer 2024 U-PASS is July 2, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. (CST); between June 12 and July 2 students can still OPT-IN but they cannot OPT-OUT..
  • After July 2, 2024 the opt-in cannot change for the duration of the semester.
  • Students who drop below 6 credit hours prior to the add/drop deadline will have their U-PASS deactivated.
  • The Summer 2024 CTA U-PASS program will carry over your spring opt-in or opt-out status. Students that did not change their status in the fall or spring will remain at the default status of opt out.
  • Students that opt-in and meet the credit hour requirement will have a non-refundable CTA U-PASS fee assessed on their university bill.  The charge may not appear on your statement until after the 10th day of classes.

Spring 2024

January 3, 2024

Continuing student U-Passes activated for most students*.  U-PASS distribution for new students will occur in the SCE ID Center. Please bring your valid UIC iCard in order to pick-up the U-PASS.

*UIC Law and College of Medicine may have alternate pick up locations.  Students in those colleges should check with their college for details.  

May 8, 2024

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.

Becoming Eligible after December 20, 2024

Returning students with a non-expired Ventra U-PASS who register or opt-in after the above date or make changes their Opt-status on our web application will see an activation delay of 1-3 business days.  This delay may be extended by university or CTA closures, specifically prior to the Spring semester.

New students (including transfer students) who register or opt-in after the above date will see a 6-8 business day delay in production and delivery of their U-PASS to the ID Center.

For students with existing U-PASS cards, the standard policies on lost/replacement cards will still be enforced.

Helpful Information Heading link

  1. Before starting the U-PASS or U-PASS+ process, a valid iCard photo needs to be on file with the UIC ID Center
  2. Users need to OPT-IN to the U-PASS or U-PASS+ benefit:
  3. Users need to have created a Ventra account.
  4. Users need to have signed into the Ventra app.
  5. After obtaining the U-PASS card from UIC, the card needs to be enrolled into the Ventra app.

Determining if your U-PASS is Active Heading link

To determine if your U-PASS is active, visit After entering 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.

Check Account Balance

Troubleshooting Issues with your U-PASS Heading link