We are pleased to announce that Chicago-Kent is joining with the Chicago Transit Authority to provide the U-Pass to all day division students who are considered full-time, including LL.M. students. The U-Pass is a discount fare card that replaces cash for all CTA fares and can be used for unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) restricts which students are eligible for the U-Pass. At Chicago-Kent, all day division students who are considered full-time qualify for the U-Pass program. (This is determined by your official division status, not by the number of credit hours you take in a particular semester.)
We regret that evening division students and part-time day students are not eligible to receive U-Pass cards.
To receive a U-Pass, you must either be present when the CTA is onsite to take photos and issue cards, or you must have a photo taken for your Chicago-Kent student ID card. Photos are taken during new student orientation and at the Registrar's Office on the second floor.
There is no U-Pass waiver for Chicago-Kent students. The Chicago Transit Authority designed the U-Pass program not only as a way to offer a discount to full-time students but also to increase CTA ridership. Therefore, for a school to participate in the program, CTA requires that all full-time students at that school receive the U-Pass.
CTA sets the price for the U-Pass on an annual basis. For the 2012-13 academic year, the U-Pass costs $100 each semester. If you qualify for the U-Pass, your account will automatically be billed this amount.
Each semester your U-Pass is activated from the first day of classes to the last day of final exams. For the Fall 2012 semester, your U-Pass will work from Monday, August 27 to Friday, December 21.
For the Spring 2013 Semester your U-Pass will work from Tuesday, January 22 to Friday, May 17.
New Semester, New U-Pass
You will receive a new U-Pass card at the beginning of each semester. At the start of a new semester, The Record will announce the dates and times for U-Pass distribution. Every effort will be made to distribute U-Pass cards before or on the activation date.
U-Pass Lost or Stolen
If you lose your U-Pass or it is stolen, you need to go to CTA Headquarters at 567 West Lake Street, 2nd Floor. Replacement cards cost $50.00 (cash, credit card, or money order only) and you will need to bring a valid Chicago-Kent student ID card. Replacement passes are sent to Chicago-Kent five to seven business days after you apply. You will be notified by email once it arrives.
Please note: CTA will replace lost or stolen U-Pass cards only one time per academic year.
U-Pass Captured in fare equipment or Damaged
On CTA Bus, the card will be collected. The student will be asked to complete a Report of Captured Farecard (form 3027). The student will be allowed to ride free and given a pink copy of the report for his/her record.
At CTA Rail Stations, the card will be collected. The student will be asked to complete a Fare Discrepancy Report (form 3024). The student will be given $4.50 transit card and a copy of the FDR for his/her records.
- The student will be instructed to go to CTA's Customer Service Center at 567 W. Lake Street, 2nd Floor to request a replacement U-Pass.
- When the student presents the form to the customer service agent, he or she will be provided an unlimited five-day transit pass.
- The replacement U-Pass will be sent to the student's school in 5-7 business days.
CTA Headquarters and Business Hours
CTA Headquarters is located at 567 West Lake Street on the 2nd Floor (map). CTA Headquarters is in walking distance from the law school or can be reached by taking the Green Line to the Clinton Station.
CTA Headquarters is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
CTA U-Pass Hotline
(312) 664-7200 x13088
Director of Student Services
Assistant Dean of Academic Administration & Student Affairs, Chicago-Kent College of Law