CTA Train The CTA U-Pass program provides greatly reduced rides for students and requires that all eligible students participate in the program. All eligible students are automatically enrolled in the program and are responsible for picking up the UPASS and paying the CTA fee. Eligibility is determined based on your academic program, credit hours and course locations as it appears on your registration.

Autumn, Winter and Spring Term Eligibility:

To be eligible for the CTA UPass during the Autumn, Winter or Spring terms, you must meet the program, credit hour and course location requirements.

You meet the academic program requirement if you are enrolled in a degree program at DePaul.

You meet the credit hour requirement if: You meet the course location requirement if at least one course is listed as:

Students taking courses EXCLUSIVELY online, in suburban campuses (Except O'hare), enrolled in non-degree programs or studying abroad are not eligible to receive a CTA U-PASS.

Students registered with DePaul's Center for Students with Disabilities can request to be removed from the CTA U-PASS program. Contact upass@depaul.edu for more information.

Summer Term Eligibility: Students enrolled in at least ONE credit hour are eligible to participate in the Summer U-Pass program. You may notice a CTA Fee applied to your tuition account shortly after registering for Summer courses. Please email upass@depaul.edu for more information about Summer U-Pass.


DePaul students who meet the requirements based on course registration will see a CTA Fee on their tuition account. Students are responsible for this fee regardless of benefit use or card pick-up. A CTA 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 CTA UPass is based on a CTA rate of $1.07 per day plus DePaul's administration fee of approximately 3-4%.


The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is increasing the daily rates in the U-Pass program beginning in the summer 2014 quarter. Summer 2014 will be the first summer using CTA's new daily rate of $1.07 per day versus $.81 per day hence the rate increase:

Summer Term (Summer 2014) Fall, Winter & Spring Terms (Academic Year 2014-15) Additional UPass Fare Information:

To read more about the CTA's new Ventra payment program, visit http://www.transitchicago.com/upass.


Read more about fare changes beginning Fall 2013