Winter and Spring 2023 U-Pass

Winter 2023 U-Pass

For the winter 2023 term, 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 for the winter. To opt in or out of the winter U-Pass, you must respond to the official email that will be sent to your SAIC email address weekly beginning December 1. If we do not receive your response by January 4, then your CTA winter U-Pass will not be activated and you will not be charged.

The CTA winter U-Pass will be active from January 3–January 24 and is available for $35 (plus a $5 card fee for new users). To opt in, you must be registered as a full-time student during the winter term to be eligible. If you are eligible for the program by Wednesday, December 21, your CTA U-Pass card will be activated on Tuesday, January 3. If you become eligible for the program after December 21, 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 January 4. If you drop below full-time, you are no longer eligible, and the CTA winter U-Pass charge will be removed from your account. If you opt in and are a full-time student on or after January 4, you will be charged the full amount, whether you use the CTA winter U-Pass or not.

On January 5, students who have dropped below full-time will have their U-Pass entitlement deactivated, and their card will operate as a full-fare card.

Spring 2023 U-Pass 

For the spring 2023 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 will be sent to your SAIC email address weekly beginning January 12. If we do not receive your response by February 8, 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 23–May 17, 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 18, your CTA U-Pass card will be activated on Monday, January 23. If you become eligible for the program after January 18, 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 8. If you drop below full-time by February 8, 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 8, 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.

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.