Spring 2022 U-Pass

Spring 2022 U-Pass 

For the spring 2022 semester, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will once again allow eligible students–those who are registered as full-time–to opt in or out of the U-Pass program. To opt in or out of the spring U-Pass, you must respond to the official email that was sent to your SAIC email address on January 11. If we do not receive your response by February 9, then your CTA spring U-Pass will not be activated, and you will not be charged.

The CTA spring U-Pass will be active from January 24–May 18, and is available for $155 (plus a $5 card fee for new users). To opt in, you must be registered full-time during the spring semester to be eligible. If you are eligible for the program by Wednesday, January 19, your CTA U-Pass card will be activated on Monday, January 24. If you become eligible for the program after January 19, it will take 2-3 business days for your CTA U-Pass card to be activated.

Please note, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago does not have jurisdiction over the CTA U-Pass program. The CTA, which administers the U-Pass program for degree-seeking students at Chicago-based colleges and universities, will only charge students who opt in and are full-time as of February 9. If you drop below full-time by February 9, you are no longer eligible, and the CTA spring U-Pass charge will be removed from your account. If you opt in and are a full-time student on or after February 9, you will be charged the full amount, whether you use the CTA spring U-Pass or not.

On February 9, students who have dropped below full-time will have their U-Pass entitlement deactivated, and their card will operate as a full-fare card.

Summer 2022 U-Pass

For the summer 2022 term, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will once again allow eligible students–those who are registered as full-time and are carrying six or more credit hours–to opt in or out of the U-Pass program for the summer. To opt in or out of the summer U-Pass, you must respond to the official email sent to your SAIC email address. If we do not receive your response by June 23, then your CTA summer U-Pass will not be activated, and you will not be charged.

The CTA summer U-Pass will be active from May 28–August 21 and is available for $115 (plus a $5 card fee for new users). To opt in, you must be registered as a full-time student with six or more credit hours during the summer term to be eligible. If you are eligible for the program by Thursday, May 26, your CTA U-Pass card will be activated on Saturday, May 28. If you become eligible for the program after May 26, it will take 2-3 business days for your CTA U-Pass card to be activated.

Please note, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago does not have jurisdiction over the CTA U-Pass program. The CTA, which administers the U-Pass program for degree-seeking students at Chicago-based colleges and universities, will only charge students who opt in and are full-time as of June 23. If you drop below six credit hours by June 23, you are no longer eligible, and the CTA summer U-Pass charge will be removed from your account. If you opt in and are a full-time student carrying six credit hours or more on or after June 23, you will be charged the full amount, whether you use the CTA summer U-Pass or not.

IMPORTANT! The U-Pass full-time status verification deadline for the summer term is Thursday, June 23. If you choose to opt in, your final U-Pass entitlement status will be determined based on your registration status as of this date. On June 23, students who have dropped below full-time (below six credit hours) will have their U-Pass entitlement deactivated, and their card will operate as a full-fare card.

Remember: You will use the same Ventra U-Pass card that you used during the previous semesters. If your card has been lost or stolen, contact the ARTICard Office for information on obtaining a replacement.

If you have any questions about the U-Pass, please contact the ARTICard office at articard@saic.edu.