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The UPass is available to both full and part time credit undergraduate students at the colleges and universities taking at least one class per semester on campus.
- Who is eligible?
The UPass is available to both full and part time credit undergraduate students at the colleges and universities taking at least one class per semester on campus. Quinebaug, Northwestern and Naugatuck Valley Community Colleges and Eastern CT State University are not participating in the program in the fall of 2019. Students in non-credit workforce programs at Naugatuck Valley are eligible for the program. In addition, at this time graduate students as well as students who are enrolled exclusively online, in non-credit courses, incarcerated students or high school students in dual enrollment courses are not eligible for the program. Each institution may include selected certificate programs and / or noncredit workforce programs in the UPass Program, at their discretion.
No later than no later than October 31, 2019 each institution must report to the System Office’s Director of Budgets and Planning, the noncredit workforce programs and number of student selected to participate in the UPass Program.
- For how long is the pass effective?
The fall semester UPass covers August 1-December 31, 2019. The spring semester UPass covers January 1-July 31, 2020.
- What is the cost?
Each student is charged $20 per semester for the pass. The DOT has set this special rate for our students only; normal cost to the public is $63 per month. The transportation fee is considered an institutional charge so financial aid may be applied.
- How do students get the UPASS?
The Department of Transportation will deliver the passes to each school by August 1 and December 15 for distribution prior to the start of the term. There will be enough passes for all students but students are not obligated to pick up or use the card. Each school will keep a log of all passes disseminated with the student name and pass number to be submitted with their transfer of funds to System Office.
- What is required for students to use pass and on what types of transportation can it be used?
Students must have a valid student ID to show along with their pass when using the transportation systems. Students can use the unlimited semester pass to travel within the state on rail or bus including CTtransit and CTfastrak, but excluding Amtrak.
- What happens if student loses pass?
Schools may use their discretion on whether to charge a fee for replacement, but it is preferable that a student only be given one replacement pass per semester. After that, they must wait for the next semester to get a new pass.
- What happens if student attends multiple CSCU schools?
The student should only be charged once for the pass. Students will have to request a waiver after the payment of the first fee.
- Is the fee refundable if student withdraws?
Student fees, which include the transportation fee, are generally non-refundable. Schools may use their discretion on this matter but because the student’s UPass would be active until the end of the semester, schools should only refund the fee if the UPass is returned. Schools will not be reimbursed for waived fees once the transfer of funds to system office has been made and DOT paid.
- How will the funds be paid to DOT and by whom?
Payment will be made by System Office to DOT twice a year and collected from each institution as part of the system operating transfer based on student HC enrollment census date.
- Who do colleges contact with problems?
Alice Pritchard, Chief of Staff or Ben Barnes, Chief Financial Officer at System Office are serving as the point contact for this program.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a $75 fee for a replacement U-PASS.
For more information contact the Bursar Office: LH-L111D, Phone: 203-332-5008
Participating Colleges and Universities
- Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield
- Capital Community College, Hartford
- Gateway Community College, New Haven
- Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport
- Manchester Community College, Manchester
- Middlesex Community College, Middletown
- Norwalk Community College, Norwalk
- Three Rivers Community College, Norwich
- Tunxis Community College, Farmington
- Central CT State University, New Britain
- Southern CT State University, New Haven
- University of Connecticut, Hartford
- University of Connecticut, Stamford
- University of Connecticut, Storrs
- University of Connecticut, Waterbury
- University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford
- Western Connecticut State University, Danbury
Conditions of Use
- U-Pass CT valid for use by students enrolled at participating colleges & universities. Eligibility to obtain a U-Pass is determined by the college or university.
- U-Pass CT is valid for unlimited rides on local & express buses in Connecticut, CTfastrak, Shore Line East, Hartford Line, in-state New Haven Line services, and Amtrak trains operating between New Haven / Springfield (except Vermonter Trains 54, 55, 56 & 57). Not valid on private inter-city bus carriers or on other Amtrak routes.
- This pass is not refundable or transferable.
- Valid student ID from participating college or university must be shown to bus operator, conductor or fare inspector at time of use.
- Do not fold, bend, or place near magnet. Lost, stolen or destroyed passes should be reported to issuing school.
- U-Pass CT valid for the period printed on the face of the pass..
How to Use
Have your U-Pass and valid student ID ready when you board any of these services.
- CTtransit statewide** (including CTtransit Express and CTfastrak)
- CTrail Hartford Line trains between New Haven and Springfield, including Amtrak trains except the Vermonter (trains 54, 55, 56 and 57)
- CTrail Shore Line East trains. Not valid for shoreline Amtrak trains.
- CTrail New Haven Line (Metro-North) trains in Connecticut up to the state border. Not valid for travel to NY or on shoreline Amtrak trains.
- Greater Bridgeport Transit
- Housatonic Area Regional Transit
- Magic Carpet
- Middletown Area Transit
- Milford Transit
- 9 Town Transit
- Northwestern CT Transit District
- Norwalk Transit
- South East Area Transit
- Windham Region Transit District **It is NOT accepted on the I-Bus Express from Stamford to White Plains.
Need information on bus and rail services in Connecticut? Contact CTrides at ctrides.com or 877-CTrides