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.
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.
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 Spring 2021 term only.
Full-time students who want a U-Pass can sign the opt-in form here.
Columbia Central will activate U-Passes for the spring semester only for students who choose to opt in to the U-Pass program. Those who opt in will be charged the $153 U-Pass Fee on their spring semester billing. The spring U-Pass entitlement period begins January 20 and ends May 19.
If you received a U-Pass during a prior semester and are registered for the Spring 2021 semester, Columbia Central will email the U-Pass Spring 2021 Opt-In letter to your Columbia email beginning in early December. The letter contains a link to an electronic form that you must submit to activate your U-Pass entitlement for the spring semester. To ensure your U-Pass is activated by January 20, which is the first day of the spring U-Pass program, please submit the electronic form by January 15. You will receive a reply within five business days confirming your U-Pass activation. Please note, although you can opt-in to request a U-Pass before you are registered full-time, your U-Pass cannot be activated until you are registered full-time.
Freshmen, Transfer and New Graduate Students: The Admissions Office will email the U-Pass Spring 2021 Opt-In letter to your Columbia email in early December. The letter contains a link to an electronic form that you must submit to request your new Ventra U-Pass card for the spring semester. You will receive a reply within five business days confirming your U-Pass order. To ensure timely delivery of your U-Pass, you should submit your Campus Card photo and be registered full-time no later than January 8. For an optimal service experience, we recommend that you submit your photo and finalize your schedule as soon as possible. Your Campus Card photo will also be used on your U-Pass card.
How do I receive my U-Pass?
Columbia Central will send an email to your Columbia email account regarding the U-Pass pick up dates and location in January, prior to the start of the spring U-Pass program on January 20, 2021.
You must activate the card before you use it by calling Ventra at the phone number listed on the card sleeve, 877-450-5328.
Activated on September 3, 2020 Deactivated on December 24, 2020
Activated on January 20, 2021 Deactivated on May 19, 2021
Full-time students who opt in to the fall U-Pass program will be charged the U-Pass Fee of $153 for the fall semester. The breakdown of the cost is below.
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Part-time students are ineligible for the Ventra U-Pass.
For more information about the U-Pass program, visit the Ventra Customer Service website.