Student Life Registrars Office Ventra U-Pass Information

Ventra U-Pass Information

The Ventra U-Pass provides full-time students unlimited rides on CTA buses and trains during an academic term. Full-time status is defined as 12 credits or more. If you drop below full-time status or withdraw from the institution, your card will be deactivated. Pace and Metra are not part of the U-Pass program.


Before using your Ventra U-Pass, you need to activate your card. To activate your Ventra U-Pass call 1-877-450-5328.

You will not need to obtain a new Ventra U-Pass each trimester. Your pass is good for up to five years. Each trimester, your U-Pass is activated from the first day of classes to the last day of the trimester. As long as you’re enrolled full-time in school, your U-Pass privileges are loaded onto your card automatically.


If your card is lost or stolen, please notify the Registrar’s Office and then contact Student Accounts to pay the $50 replacement fee. The replacement Ventra U-Pass is shipped to the Registrar’s Office within 5-7 business days.


Between trimesters or during break, you can add money to your account to use your Ventra card as a regular transit card. You can load value onto your card at any Ventra Vending Machine, over the phone, or at When you’re back in school full-time, U-Pass riding privileges become available again, automatically, at the start of the session.

Please note: Your Ventra account must be in good standing prior to the start of the next term. If you have a negative balance on your Ventra Card, your U-Pass will not be activated until the negative balance is resolved with Ventra.

To check your card balance, go to or call 1.877.NOW.VENTRA.


  • Your Ventra U-Pass may not be shared. Any CTA Ventra U-Pass presented by a person other than the student whose name and photo appears on it will be confiscated.
  • Take your card out of your wallet or purse before tapping to avoid charges to other contactless cards you may have.

For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office or visits the CTA website.

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