The School of Social Service Administration gives all full-time SSA master's and doctoral students a Chicago Public Transit Authority (CTA) U-Pass. Dual degree students are eligible for the U-Pass during each quarter in which they are full-time and SSA is their primary school (this means that they are taking at least two of their three courses at SSA). Due to CTA guidelines, students in our Part-Time programs are currently ineligible for the U-Pass program.

The U-Pass program allows cardholders to enjoy unlimited rides on CTA trains and buses during the academic year, while classes are in session. The dates of activation for the 2019-20 academic year are:

Summer Quarter: June 19, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Autumn Quarter: 
September 26, 2019 – December 14, 2019
Winter Quarter:  January 1, 2020 – March 21, 2020 (U-Pass does not end this quarter)
Spring Quarter:  March 22, 2020 – June 13, 2020

Students will be assessed a $100/quarter fee for U-Pass privileges. If a student has leftover transit value on their U-Pass between school sessions the transit value will roll over. The value will not be affected regardless of student status or quarter.

For more detailed information:

Chicago Transit Authority U-Pass information page

FAQ notice about the SSA U-Pass from the Dean of Students

Read the press release on the U-Pass vote by SSA students.