Spring 2020 U-Pass Important Dates & Waiting Periods

Fall 2020

December 16, 2020

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.

Spring 2021

IMPORTANT

UIC and CTA entered into an experimental pilot program to include some part-time students (6 credit hours or more) starting Fall 2020 and continuing to Spring 2021.  The Spring 2020 CTA U-PASS will be available to any student with 6 or more credit hours by default.  CTA also continues to offer flexibility by allowing UIC to administer the U-PASS program as optional.  All students are opted in by default.  You may opt-out and waive the CTA Transportation Fee at https://go.uic.edu/spring_upass.

  • The deadline to opt-out for the Spring 2021 U-PASS is February 1 at 12:00 a.m. CST.
  • After February 1, 2021 the opt-status cannot change for the duration of the semester.
  • Students who drop below part-time status (6 credit hours) prior to the add/drop deadline will have their U-PASS deactivated.
  • All students are opted-in by default unless otherwise specified by the student at the website above.
  • Students that opt-out may see the U-PASS fee assessed on their university bill, but that charge will be reversed within 7-10 business days.

December 21, 2020

New students (including transfer students) must be registered by this date and have an i-card picture on file (submit online at https://go.uillinois.edu/MyPhotoSubmit)  in order to be able to pick up their U-Pass on the first day of activation.

January 02, 2021

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.

January 06, 2021

Continuing student U-Passes activated.  U-Pass distribution will occur January 6, 7, 9, and 11 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM in the Bowling Alley in SCE. Please bring your valid UIC iCard in order to pick-up the U-Pass.  After January 11, new student U-Passes available for pickup at ID Center in Student Center East (SCE).

May 13, 2020

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 January 02, 2020

Returning students with a non-expired Ventra U-Pass who register after the above date or make changes their Opt-status on our web application will see an activation delay of up to 4 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 after the above date will see a 6-8 business day delay in production and delivery of their U-Pass to the ID Center.

Determining if your U-Pass is Active

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.

Check Account Balance

Troubleshooting Issues with your U-Pass