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U-Pass Requirements

Autumn, Winter and Spring Term Eligibility:

To be eligible for the CTA U-Pass during the Autumn, Winter or Spring terms, you must meet all three of the primary requirements. 

Requirement #1 - The Program Requirement

You meet the academic program requirements if you are enrolled in a degree-seeking program or a certificate of completion program at DePaul. 

Requirement #2 - The Credit Hour Requirement

You meet the credit hour requirements if: 

  • You are an undergraduate student in any college enrolled in 12 or more credit hours
  • You are a Law "JD Day" student enrolled in 12 or more credit hours
  • You are a Law student in any other program enrolled in 9 or more credit hours
  • You are a graduate student in any program enrolled in 8 or more credit hours (except music)
  • You are a Music graduate enrolled in 6 or more credit hours
  • You are an ELA student taking at least 4 classes

Requirement #3 - The Course Location Requirement

You meet the course location requirements if at least one course is listed as: 

  • A regular lecture course in the Loop, Lincoln Park, or Off-Campus location
  • Internship, Student Teaching, or Independent Study (where the "course location" is not listed as "online")

Students taking courses EXCLUSIVELY online or studying abroad are not eligible to receive a Ventra U-Pass. 

Students who register with DePaul's Center for Students with Disabilities can request to be removed from the Ventra U-Pass program with a Disability Waiver by contacting that office directly.


Summer Term Eligibility

Due to the truncated nature of the Summer Term, the Credit Hour Requirement is lowered. Please refer to the below requirements for the Summer Term. Students enrolled in either summer Session will receive the U-Pass for both sessions.

Requirement #1 - The Program Requirement

You meet the academic program requirements if you are enrolled in a degree-seeking program or a certificate of completion program at DePaul. 

Requirement #2 - The Credit Hour Requirement

You meet the credit hour requirements if: 

  • You are an undergraduate student in any college enrolled in 1 or more credit hours
  • You are a Law "JD Day" student enrolled in 1 or more credit hours
  • You are a Law student in any other program enrolled in 1 or more credit hours
  • You are a graduate student in any program enrolled in 1 or more credit hours
  • You are an ELA student taking at least 1 class

Requirement #3 - The Course Location Requirement

You meet the course location requirements if at least one course is listed as: 

  • A regular lecture course in the Loop, Lincoln Park, or Off-Campus location
  • Internship, Student Teaching, or Independent Study (where the "course location" is not listed as "online")

Fees

DePaul students who meet the requirements will see a U-Pass Fee on their tuition account. Students are responsible for this fee regardless of benefit use or card pick-up. A U-Pass fee can be removed ONLY when a student's eligibility has changed on or before the last day to drop courses. Fee administration and removal is an automated process based on registration. The Ventra U-Pass is based on a CTA daily rate plus DePaul's administrative fee. Click Here for more details on the U-Pass Fee.

Additional U-Pass Fare Information:

  • The fee is calculated using the CTA's daily rate plus DePaul's administrative fee; and may vary year to year depending on the number of available CTA service days. 
  • The CTA may institute future price increases annually through 2018, at their discretion. 
  • While the university administers the program, the daily rate fees collected from students are passed through to the CTA. DePaul does not profit financially from U-Pass. 
  • Under the current U-Pass, students have unlimited rides on CTA trains and buses, 24/7 during each academic term. 
  • Any student who will use the U-Pass for at least two round trip rides per week saves money.
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