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. Please note, this fee is not mandatory for the Fall 2022 semester. The fee will only apply to full-time student accounts that have chosen to OPT-IN for the semester. Refer below to the Fall 2022 Ventra UPass Opt-In Update section.

During semesters when the UPass fee becomes mandatory for full-time students, the fee 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 acaps@iit.edu.

If you drop below full time during the semester, you must notify 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@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 2022 VENTRA UPASS PROGRAM DATES

Fall 2022 Ventra UPasses will be valid Friday, August 19 - Sunday, December 11, 2022.

FALL 2022 VENTRA UPASS OPT-IN UPDATE

CTA has extended optional enrollment for the UPass Program for the 2022-2023 academic year. Eligible full-time students may OPT-IN to the UPass program for the Fall 2022 semester. 

Students who choose to OPT-IN for the UPass must be registered FULL-TIME (Grad students - 9 billable academic hours, Undergrad students -12 billable academic hours) for Fall 2022. 

All eligible full-time students who choose to participate in the program should complete the Fall 2022 Ventra UPass Opt-In Form. Completing the opt-in form ensures your UPass will be ordered/activated and your account billed the $155 UPass semester fee. You must complete this OPT-IN form by September 3, 2022 to receive the UPass for the semester.

 

FINAL OPT-IN and CHANGE REQUEST DEADLINE

OPT-INs WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER SEPTEMBER 3. Students that have opted-in, but decide to no longer receive the UPass will be extended a (1) time Change Request per semester. Students who would like to change their opt-in request must email acaps@iit.edu prior to the add/drop deadline of September 3. 

PRIORITY ONLINE PHOTO SUBMISSION DEADLINE

For new students, your HawkCard ID photo is needed to order your official UPass. The priority submission deadline to upload your photo through MyHawkCard is July 22. Uploading your photo by this deadline ensures your UPass will be ready for pickup by the UPass semester effective date. 

Students New to Illinois Tech Fall 2022

  • Students who are registered for full-time academic hours (Grad students - 9 billable academic hours, Undergrad students -12 billable academic hours) and have completed the OPT-IN form by September 3 will receive a Ventra UPass Card.
  • New students must have a submitted HawkCard photo uploaded online through MyHawkCard (via MyIIT) in order to obtain your Ventra UPass.
    • Please note- UPass pickup may be delayed 1-2 weeks for any HawkCard photo submitted after July 22.
  • Dropping below full-time registration status will result in the deactivation of your Ventra UPass.
  • UPass Distribution: Students will receive an email from campusbusiness@iit.edu when their Ventra UPass is ready for pickup.
  • Pickup Location
    • Campus Business Services Center, MTCC 514
    • Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mies Campus Returning Students

  • Be sure to complete the OPT-IN form to ensure your Ventra UPass is activated by Friday, August 19.
  • If you are registered full time, have completed the OPT-IN form by the final September 3 deadline, do not have a negative balance on your Ventra account, and your UPass is not activated, please email 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 19.
  • Dropping below full-time registration status will result in the deactivation of your Ventra UPass.
  • For questions about your balance on your Ventra account contact Ventra at 877-669-8368.

 

Conviser Law Center Student UPass Requests

Conviser Law Center students MUST contact Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) regarding their UPass.