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Spring 2024 U-Pass Important Dates & Waiting Periods


UIC and CTA entered into an experimental pilot program to include some part-time students (6 credit hours or more) during fall and spring Semesters starting Fall 2020 and this continues for Spring 2024.  The Spring 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 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 January 29 at 11:59p (CST); after that date the option to OPT-OUT will disable.
  • The deadline to opt-in for the Spring 2024 U-PASS is February 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. (CST); between Jan 30 and Feb 15 students can still OPT-IN but they cannot OPT-OUT..
  • After February, 15 2024 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.
  • The Spring 2024 CTA U-PASS program will carry over your fall opt-in or opt-out status. Students that did not change their status in the fall 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.

Determining if your U-Pass is Active Heading link

To determine if your U-Pass is active, visit 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 Heading link