For the fall 2020 term, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will allow eligible students–those who are registered as full-time–to opt in or out of the U-Pass program for the fall. To opt in or out of the fall U-Pass, you must respond to the official email sent to your SAIC email address. If we do not receive your response by September 15, then your CTA fall U-Pass will not be activated, and you will not be charged.
The CTA fall U-Pass will be active from August 29–December 23 and is available for $155 (plus a $5 card fee for new users). To opt in, you must be registered as a full-time student during the fall semester to be eligible. If you are eligible for the program by Wednesday, August 26, your CTA U-Pass card will be activated on Saturday, August 29. If you become eligible for the program after August 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 September 15. If you drop below full-time by September 15, you are no longer eligible, and the CTA fall U-Pass charge will be removed from your account. If you opt in and are a full-time student on or after September 15, you will be charged the full amount, whether you use the CTA fall U-Pass or not.
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 email@example.com.