Fall 2020 U-Pass Important Dates & Waiting Periods

Fall 2020


The Fall 2020 CTA U-PASS will be available to any student with 6 or more credit hours by default. The CTA has extended the original opt-out period of this benefit, and established September 4 as the new “final” deadline.  To opt-out for Fall 2020, please visit https://go.uic.edu/fall_upass

  • The deadline to opt-out for the Fall U-PASS is September 4 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.
  • After September 4, the opt-status cannot change for the duration of the fall session.
  • Students who drop below part-time status 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 below.
  • 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.

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.  U-Pass distribution will occur August 19, 20, 21, 24, and 25 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 August 25, 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 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