Frequently Asked Questions
The CTA established the U-Pass Program for eligible full-time students at accredited degree granting schools within the CTA service area. The program provides low cost transportation and increases access to the Chicago metropolitan area.
Each fall and spring semester all full-time undergraduate and graduate students are assessed a mandatory U-Pass fee entitling them to a nontransferable CTA U-Pass valid for that semester. The fee for Fall and Spring semesters is $105. The U-Pass is good for unlimited use aboard all CTA buses and trains throughout the semester.
Please see Getting a U-Pass.
U-Pass eligibility is based on full-time status, which is determined by credit hours taken per semester. Minimum requirements may be different depending on Degree Program.
Credits Constituting Full-Time Status:
No, U-Pass eligibility is based on credit hours taken that semester, regardless of graduation requirements.
No, U-Pass eligibility is based on credit hours taken that semester, regardless of additional on or off-campus employment or extra-curricular activities.
No, U-Pass eligibility is based on credit hours taken at SAIC.
Do not pick up your U-Pass unless you are sure you will maintain your full-time status. After the Add/Drop period, students who have picked up the U-Pass and then dropped below full-time will have their passes deactivated and the $105 fee will not be refunded.
No refunds will be issued to full-time students. The mandatory U-Pass fee will be charged to all full-time students’ tuition and fee accounts.
No, the SAIC CTA U-Pass is nontransferable and has your name and photo. The CTA reserves the right to require a student to show a valid school identification card upon request. If this condition is violated, the U-Pass will be confiscated for the duration of the valid dates without reimbursement, and person using it will be subject to arrest and prosecution.
The CTA requires SAIC to charge all full-time students in order to participate in the U-Pass Program.
The U-Pass works like a CTA fare card. It is inserted into the fare machines at CTA train stations and on CTA buses. NOTE: On CTA buses, if you insert your U-Pass into the dollar bill slot instead of the fare machine, it will be captured.
Visit the CTA website at www.transitchicago.com or call the CTA Customer Service Hot-Line at 1-888-YOURCTA (1-888-968-7282).