Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 U-Pass Important Dates & Waiting Periods

Summer 2020

The Summer 2020 CTA U-PASS program will be completely different than in any previous semester.  Please read carefully.

For Summer 2020 ONLY, the CTA U-PASS is being offered to students who OPT-IN to the program. The 2020 CTA summer U-PASS will be available for any full-time summer session student that elects to OPT-IN prior to a May 10 deadline. Unfortunately, no exceptions can be made to missing this deadline.

The Summer UPASS will be active from June 1 through August 12, and the corresponding fee of $94 will be applied to your student account after the June 1 start date. As this is not a mandatory fee this summer, it will not be included in your FInancial Aid “cost of attendance.”

This benefit is only available to full-time (6 credit hours for Undergraduate/Professional, 5 credit hours Graduate) summer session students. Students who opt-in, but are not registered as full-time students will not be eligible and will not be assessed the fee.

  • Summer U-PASS will be active from June 1 through August 12
  • The deadline to OPT-IN for summer session UPASS is May 10th at Midnight CDT
  • After May 10th, the opt-status cannot change for the duration of the summer session
  • Students who drop below full-time status prior to the add/drop deadline will have their U-PASS deactivated.
  • All students are opted-out by default unless otherwise specified by the student at the website below

In order to opt-in to receive the summer U-PASS benefit, please visit the following website to confirm and provide a shipping address where any new U-PASS will be shipped. For students with existing U-PASS cards, the standard policies on lost/replacement cards will still be enforced.

Fall 2020

July 25, 2020

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.

August 1, 2020

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.

August 19, 2020

Continuing student U-Passes activated. New student U-Passes available for pickup at ID Center in Student Center East (SCE).

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.

Becoming Eligible after July 25, 2020

Returning students with a non-expired Ventra U-Pass who register after the above date 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 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