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Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) is pleased to support the RTA Student U-Pass program. U-Pass, which is short for “Universal Pass,” allows Tri-C students to ride free of charge on all Greater Cleveland RTA buses and rapid trains during specific academic semesters.

The College administers the U-Pass program based on the agreement between Tri-C and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. This program continues the successful U-Pass program we implemented in Spring 2014 at Cuyahoga Community College.

The U-Pass program is currently only available to registered and paid credit students who are enrolled in one credit hour or more at Cuyahoga Community College.

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All eligible students enrolled for the Fall 2014 by August 15 for the full 16-week and first 8-week sessions will receive their U-Pass via U.S. Mail to the address on file with the College Registrar’s Office once their enrollment is confirmed. You can update your mailing address on my Tri-C space through the “My Info” tab.

Students who enroll after Aug. 15 or enroll in the 14-week and second 8-week sessions can pick up their U-Pass at any Campus Enrollment Center.  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for specific distribution dates.


  • You must be a student enrolled in one or more academic credit hours at Tri-C.
  • Your student account must be paid in full, have authorized financial aid to cover your full tuition, or you must have a tuition payment plan in place to cover your tuition.

Policies and Regulations

• The U-Pass is free to all eligible credit students.

• Enrolled students will receive a new U-Pass each semester via U.S. Mail. You can update your mailing address on my Tri-C space through the “My Info” tab.

• The U-Pass must be placed on your My Tri-C Card in the lower left hand corner.  Do not cover your photo, ID number, name or magnetic stripe.  Do not place the U-Pass on the back of your My Tri-C Card.

• The U-Pass is only valid when properly affixed to your My Tri-C Card.

• Students will only receive ONE (1) U-Pass per semester. Lost, stolen or misplaced U-Passes are not the responsibility of the College or RTA and will not be replaced. For further clarification on this process please visit your Campus Enrollment Center. 

• The U-Pass program generates no revenue for the College, and as a result Tri-C personnel do not have the authority to waive the fee or make special exceptions. There is no fee for students.

Please note:  This U-Pass is intended only for the student who is registered for the Fall 2014 semester at Tri-C, and is only valid when properly placed upon that student’s official My Tri-C Card. The U-Pass is non-transferable. Fraudulent U-Pass usage may result in disciplinary action by the College. Students who withdraw from the Fall semester or change their schedule and are no longer eligible to participate in the U-Pass program must return this U-Pass to their Campus Enrollment Center with five (5) business days of their schedule change.

Benefits to the Students

  • The program greatly reduces transportation costs for our students by saving on gas and other vehicle-related expenses.
  • The U-Pass provides easier access to our campuses.
  • The program supports Tri-C’s sustainability commitment by lowering traffic volume and air pollution.
  • All Tri-C students can use the public transportation at any time. You can use RTA transit to travel on all routes anytime throughout Cuyahoga County, including downtown, to the airport, to a ball game, etc. Your utilization of the U-Pass program is not limited to only College related activities.
  • RTA availability provides a back-up mode of transportation for our students (i.e. car troubles, poor weather).
  • The program benefits all Tri-C students by helping reduce parking demand on-campus.
  • Students whill have another option for them to be able to participate in co-curricular programming, such as trips to theaters, concerts, museums and other venues.
  • Students can utilize RTA for travel to internships and off-site practicum sites associated with their on-campus learning experiences.

To plan your trip or learn about RTA services, please visit their website at or call the RTAnswerLine at 216-621-9500.

Student RTA U-Pass is non-transferable. Improper use of the pass will result in confiscation and/or prosecution.


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