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Get My CTA U-Pass

City Colleges will offer a discounted U-Pass program for students enrolled in nine (9) or more credit hours. City Colleges has worked with the Chicago Transit Authority to be able to purchase passes on demand, making a revised U-Pass program possible.   
Any student taking nine (9) or more credit hours can opt-in to this voluntary benefit – but they must pay a one-time, nonrefundable fee of $70 for the semester. The U-Pass will be deactivated if a student’s class schedule falls below nine (9) credit hours.   
If you opt in to receive a U-Pass and pay the $70 non-refundable fee, the U-Pass function on your Ventra Card will activate on the first day of term credit classes.   
Below, you’ll find some general information to help you become familiar with your new Ventra U-Pass:   
  • With the new Ventra card, you will no longer need to obtain a new U-Pass every semester.
  • Your U‐Pass is valid for five years and your transit account will remain active when the semester is completed, BUT you must add funds to your U‐Pass to use it.
  • U‐Pass privileges are not valid on Pace buses or Metra trains. You must pay a full fare to ride Pace and Metra.
Using Your U-Pass Between Semesters   
While your U-Pass allows free CTA rides during the semester, you will need to add funds to your Ventra account in order to use it when classes are not in session or if you are not full time.   
One of the benefits of the Ventra Card is that you can continue to use it during the time between semesters, but in order to do so you will need to add funds to your Ventra account. You can load transit value to your card:   
Rules and Conditions   
U‐Pass is limited to exclusive use by the original full‐time student card owner. Your U‐Pass may not be shared. If any conditions are violated, the pass will be confiscated for up to one academic year without reimbursement.       
Lost, Damaged, or Stolen Cards   
If your pass is lost or stolen, you may request a new card through the Business Office at your home college. You must present your City Colleges ID and pay a $50 non-refundable replacement fee. If you have further questions, email the CTA at:, call 1-888-YOUR-CTA, or visit the CTA U-PASS website.   

For more information, contact your college's Business Office​ or visit the CTA website​.






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    U-Pass Distribution Schedule
    Spring 2020

    *****McKeon Lobby****    

    Friday 1/4: 9-3pm 
    Saturday 1/5: 9-12pm 
    Monday 1/6: 9-6pm 
    Tuesday 1/7: 9-6pm 
    Wednesday 1/8: 9-6pm 
    Thursday 1/9: 9-6pm 
    Friday 1/10: 9-3pm 
    Saturday 1/11: 9-12pm 
    Monday 1/13: 9-5pm 
    Tuesday 1/14: 9-5pm   

    ****Student Activities Center 1623    

    Wednesday 1/15: 9-5pm 
    Thursday 1/16: 9-6pm 
    Friday 1/17: 9-1pm 
    ​Tuesday 1/21: 9-5pm 
    Wednesday 1/22: 9-5pm 
    Thursday 1/23: 9-6pm 
    Friday 1/24: 9-1pm​