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U-Pass @ DePaul

Your Ventra U-Pass provides unlimited rides on CTA buses and trains during the Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters.
Students must meet enrollment requirements in order to participate in the U-Pass program. All students meeting these requirements are automatically enrolled in the program. The U-Pass is not optional for any eligible student. Eligibility is based on 3 criteria; one of which is course enrollment.  If your enrollment changes before the last day to drop courses, your U-Pass will be adjusted accordingly.
*It can take 3-10 business days for changes in eligibility to be reflected in the Ventra U-Pass system as it is not possible to directly link to the DePaul course enrollment system.

Autumn U-Pass Distribution

Autumn U-Pass Distribution will take place on September 5, 6, & 7 at both the Lincoln Park and Loop Campuses. Students will pick up their U-Pass on the campus where their college office is based. For example, a Business Student will pick up their U-Pass at the Loop Campus, and a History Student would pick up their U-Pass up at the Lincoln Park Campus. Below are the Dates, Times, and Locations for both U-Pass Distributions. 

Loop U-Pass Distribution

Lower Concourse of the DePaul Center

September 5, 6, & 7

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Lincoln Park U-Pass Distribution

Student Center Room 314

September 5, 6, & 7

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

**If you don't pick up your U-Pass during the above listed times, you can pick up your U-Pass at the ID Card Office on the campus of your College office.*

Summer U-Pass Dates

Classification Start Date​ ​End Date
​Undergraduate Students June 12th​ ​August 20th
​Graduate Students June 12th August 20th
​Law Students ​June 5th August 3rd​

Autumn U-Pass Dates

Classification Start Date​ End Date
Discover Students​ August​ 28th November 21st​
Undergraduate Students September 6th​ ​November 21st
Graduate Students ​September 6th ​November 21st
​Law Students ​August 21st December 20th​

Useful Information for Using your New Ventra U-PASS

  • Take your card out of your wallet before tapping to avoid charges to other contactless cards you may have.
  • Pay close attention to the tap display when using your U-Pass. This will help you to determine if your tap was a U-Pass transaction or if you have been charged regular fare for your ride.
  • Register your Ventra card online ( so that you can monitor your account and usage. Registration does not require that you link your card to a credit or debit card and does not automatically activate your U-Pass (which must be completed over the phone). Registering your U-Pass is not required but can be a very helpful tool.
  • Students are responsible for monitoring their own account information and status.
  • If changes have been made to your enrollment, please allow 3 to 10 business days for those changes to affect your U-Pass.