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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 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. Cards can be picked up from the OneStop in MTCC 106 ( . More information about expiring cards can be found here.

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 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 Vickie Tolbert in the Office of Student Affairs (MTC 209 or If you miss the initial UPass distribution date, you can pick up your UPass in the OneStop office (MTCC 106). School of Design students should contact Rachel Dean.

If you are transferring from another institution and already have a Ventra Upass card, you can have it transferred to IIT . Email us at 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 Vickie Tolbert ( in the Office of the Dean of Students 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.

Spring 2019 Upasses are valid January 12, 2019 through May 11, 2019

Spring 2019 Dates

MIES CAMPUS returning students

  • Upasses are scheduled to activate on Saturday, January 12th. 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 Office of Student Affairs at . Once we receive your request your UPass will activate within one business day.
  • Make sure you do not have an outstanding balance on your Ventra account. If you do, your UPass will not activate until the balance is cleared. We recommend that you check your balance and UPass status here  before trying to use it for the first time this semester.
  • For questions about your balance on your Ventra account contact Ventra at 877-669-8368.

Students New to Illinois Tech This Semester

  • We will be taking pictures and distributing UPasses Monday, January 14th from 10 - 4 in the MTCC Ballroom. After January 14th, you can order/pick up your UPass in the OneStop office (MTCC 106).
  • You must show your Illinois Tech ID to order or pick up your UPass.