You can still use your Ventra U-Pass when school is not in session or you do not qualify as a full-time student. Simply add full-fare passes or transit value to your Ventra U-Pass.
To check your balance, visit the Ventra Chicago website.
Columbia Central will be unable to provide U-Pass replacement services until campus buildings reopen, tentatively scheduled for June 26. The link to pay the $50 U-Pass Replacement Fee has been temporarily disabled until building access is restored.
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Ventra U-Pass provides unlimited rides on the Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains for students who are enrolled full-time. This includes graduate students enrolled in an eligible thesis course. Undergraduates are considered full-time when enrolled for at least 12 credit hours, while graduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters, 5 credit hours for the Summer semester, or enrolled in a thesis course.
All full-time students will be charged a Ventra U-Pass fee of $153 per Fall and Spring semester, and $115 for the Summer term. The breakdown of the cost is below.
|Daily Rate Charged by the CTA||Number of Days in the Semester||Total Cost Charged by the CTA||Columbia's Administrative Fee||Total Cost for the Term|
Part-time students are ineligible for the Ventra U-Pass.
For more information about the U-Pass program, visit the Ventra Customer Service website.
Activated on January 22, 2020 Deactivated on May 20, 2020
Activated on May 27, 2020 Deactivated on August 27, 2020
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on college campuses, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has announced that colleges may allow full-time students to decide if they want a U-Pass. This one-time courtesy will be in effect for the Summer 2020 term only.
Columbia Central will activate U-Passes for the summer semester only for students who choose to opt in to the U-Pass program. Those who opt in will be charged the $115 U-Pass Fee on their summer semester billing. The summer U-Pass entitlement period begins May 27 and ends August 27.
Columbia campus buildings are tentatively scheduled to open on June 1. U-Pass and Campus Card services will be available at the Campus Card office during normal business hours. Please visit the Columbia Central contact page for further customer service options.
If you received a U-Pass during a prior semester and are registered full-time for the Summer 2020 semester, Columbia Central will email the U-Pass Summer 2020 Opt-In letter to your Columbia email beginning May 1. The letter contains a link to an electronic form that you must submit to activate your U-Pass entitlement for the summer semester. You will receive a reply within two business days confirming your U-Pass entitlement. To ensure your U-Pass is activated by May 27, which is the first day of the summer U-Pass program, please submit the electronic form by May 25. You will receive a reply within two business days confirming your U-Pass activation.
Freshmen, transfer and returning students who are registered full-time and are receiving a Ventra U-Pass card for the first time. Columbia Central will email the U-Pass Summer 2020 Opt-In letter to your Columbia email beginning May 1. The letter contains a link to an electronic form that you must submit to request your new Ventra U-Pass card for the summer semester. You will receive a reply within two business days confirming your U-Pass order. Your Ventra U-Pass card will be mailed to your mailing address on file with the college. Ensure your local mailing address is current by logging in to your MyColumbia portal and clicking the Update Contact Information link, located in the My Profile section. Please allow a minimum of 10 business days to receive your U-Pass by USPS. You must activate the card before you use it by calling Ventra at the phone number listed on the card sleeve, 877-450-5328.