U-Pass Program

Illinois Institute of Technology participates in CTA's UPass program. The CTA U-Pass offers unlimited rides for students on any CTA bus or train during the Fall and Spring semesters. Illinois Tech does not participate in the UPass program during winter break or the summer terms. When school is not in session or you do not qualify as a full-time student you will be able to add money to your card and use it as a transit card. More information on your Ventra UPass can be found here.

Once you receive your Ventra UPass, please hold on to it. You will keep the same Ventra Upass card until it expires. Continuing Students who have UPasses that are expiring this fall and will be registered full-time in the spring will receive a new replacement UPass at no charge. More information about expiring cards can be found below.

Only students who are registered for full-time academic hours (Grad students - 9 billable academic hours, Undergrad students -12 billable academic hours) are eligible to participate in the U-Pass program. The U-Pass fee of $155.00 is a mandatory fee for all full-time students and can only be waived by students with a valid military UPass, students with a valid paratransit card, or distance online learning students who reside 50 miles or more from Mies campus. All requests to waive the UPass fee must be submitted by email each semester to acaps@iit.edu by the end of the 4th week of classes. Requests submitted after the 4th week will not be considered.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact The Access Card and Parking Services Office ( acaps@iit.edu).

If you drop below full time during the semester, you must notify The Access Card and Parking Services Office (acaps@iit.edu) immediately. Failure to do so may result in you not being allowed to activate your next semester's UPass until after the add/drop date. A second violation will result in permanent cancellation of your Ventra card. Once your Ventra card is cancelled it will cost you $50 to obtain a new one.

If you are transferring from another institution and already have a Ventra Upass card, you can have it transferred to Illinois Tech. Email us at acaps@iit.edu. Please include your name, student ID number, name of the college you are transferring from, and the 16 digit number on the back of your card.

If you have misplaced your UPass, you can order a replacement card online.

Notes about U-Pass

  • Only you can use your U-Pass. You cannot share or sell your U-pass. If this rule is violated and your UPass is confiscated your UPass privileges will be canceled by CTA for a full year (you will still have to pay the UPass fee).
  • You cannot use your U-Pass on Metra or Pace.
  • If you drop below full time during the semester, you must notify ACAPS (acaps@iit.edu) immediately. Failure to do so may result in you not being allowed to activate your next semester's UPass until after the add/drop date. A second violation will result in the permanent cancellation of your Ventra card. Once your Ventra card is canceled it will cost you $50 to obtain a new one.

Fall 2021 UPASS Information

Students who are registered for full-time academic hours (Grad students - 9 billable academic hours, Undergrad students -12 billable academic hours) will be enrolled for the UPass program. The mandatory fee of $155 for the Fall semester will be billed to your student account. 

Students may choose to OPT OUT of the UPASS program for the semester by completing the Fall 2021 opt-out form by September 4, 2021. The form must be completed by this deadline to ensure your student account will not be billed the UPass fee. 

Fall 2021 Dates

Fall 2021 UPasses will be valid August 21, 2021 - December 12, 2021

Mies Campus Returning Students

  • UPasses are scheduled to activate on Saturday, August 21. If you are registered full time, do not have a negative balance on your Ventra account, and your UPass is not activated, please email the ACAPS Office at acaps@iit.edu. Eligible UPass activation requests will be updated within one business day.
  • UPass accounts with a negative balance will not activate until funds are added to satisfy the outstanding balance. Please check your account balance through the Ventra app or on the Ventra website prior to August 21. 
  • For questions about your balance on your Ventra account contact Ventra at 877-669-8368.

Students New To Illinois Tech Fa11 2021

  • Students who are registered for full-time academic hours (Grad students - 9 billable academic hours, Undergrad students -12 billable academic hours) will receive a UPass.
  • New students must have a submitted HawkCard photo uploaded online by July 30,  in order to receive a UPass.

Wednesday, August 25 — Until
MTCC Mailroom
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

KentLaw Student UPass Requests

Kentlaw students must request a UPass by contacting Jenna Abhijeet at (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu).