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Summer 2018 U-Pass usage period: May 18-August 11, 2018

The CTA U-Pass is an unlimited ride pass for the CTA, available to all full-time students

  • For the spring, summer and fall semesters, full-time is defined as 12 credit hours minimum for undergraduate students and 9 credit hours minimum for graduate students
  • The cost is $128 each semester
  • You cannot waive the fee unless you fall into one of these categories:
    • students who are para-transit dependent
    • students who are currently studying abroad
    • students who are taking all classes at UCLC (University Center of Lake County) or students who are taking all classes online only
  • Please note: It takes appoximately three business days for your U-Pass to become active if your status changes from part-time to full-time.

Replacements are obtained through the Welcome Desk (Information Center); the fee is $50.

Seven-day passes can be provided, if available, to students who are waiting on their first Ventra Card only. Students who have lost, damaged or had their card stolen are not able to receive a seven-day pass.

** Important CTA cutoff date***

If your student status changes from full-time to part-time after July 2, 2018:

  • You will be able to continue using your U-Pass until the end of the summer semester (August 11, 2018)
  • You will still be charged for the U-Pass

**Attention students transferring a U-Pass from another school**

If transferring from another school, you can still use the same U-Pass, however, the information needs to be transferred to Northeastern. Please visit the Welcome Desk (Information Center) with your U-Pass to get your U-Pass transferred. 

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If you already have a Ventra U-Pass, it will automatically be reactivated as you become full-time and the semester begins (as long as your card isn't expired; it is good for five years). Similarly, it is automatically deactivated if you change to part-time status or the semester ends, where it can then be used as a reloadable fare card.

If you become full-time after the semester has started and already have a Ventra U-Pass, please allow 48-72 hours from when you become full-time for your U-Pass function to be activated. Those who are full-time the business day before classes begin (or before, excluding weekends) will have full privileges on the first day of class.

One of the conveniences of Ventra is you can continue to use the same U-Pass card when school is out of session. During those periods, your U-Pass card will function just like a normal Ventra Card. In order to use it, you must add funds to your account and your U-Pass will work as a regular Ventra Card instead of receiving the U-Pass unlimited riding privileges on days school is not in session. You will be charged full fares for your rides for rail and bus during school breaks. 

This practice replaces the need to use a separate fare card when school is not in session.

It’s easy and convenient to add money to your Ventra Card. You can add funds or load an unlimited-ride one-day, three-day, seven-day or 30-day pass with Ventra online if you have a registered transit account; at any Ventra vending machine located at CTA rail stations and at hundreds of participating retail locations. Visit the Ventra website to find a location near you.

Your Ventra U-Pass unlimited riding privilege automatically resumes when your next full-time term begins. Please note your transit account must be in good standing (i.e. you cannot have a negative balance) prior to your next qualifying term for U-Pass privileges.

Also, please do not discard or lose your U-Pass; if you do not have the card when school resumes, there is a $50 fee to replace your U-Pass. The card is valid for four years from the date of issuance.

Find more information about how U-Pass functions when school is out of session.

If you require assistance you may contact us at or (773) 442-INFO (4636). Additionally, you may contact Ventra Customer Service directly at or by calling (877) 669-8368.

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