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Free Passes to Class

Receiving passes for class travel is simple. Just check your account.

Through the miracle of modern technology, all eligible students will automatically receive free Ram Van passes throughout the academic term. This automated process uses your current course schedule to assign passes on a weekly basis.  Carefully consider the below information prior to registration.

Passes will be automatically issued to qualified students on Wednesday mornings. The first issuance for Spring 2020 will be 1/8/20 and will be for the following week (in this case, for 1/8 to 1/14). This cycle will repeat on a weekly basis.


  • If you are a resident in Fordham housing and are currently enrolled in a class at an alternate campus, then you are eligible to receive free passes.
  • If you are a commuter student and are currently enrolled in classes at more than one campus simultaneously, then you are eligible to receive free passes.
    • Note: If you do not live in Fordham housing you are considered a commuter student, regardless of the proximity of your residence to any campus.
  • Passes are assigned using the student’s home campus as the departure point.
    • For resident students, the home campus is determined by the location of their residence
    • For commuter students, home campus is determined entirely by their school of enrollment.
  • NOTE: Free passes are not eligible for professors’ office hours, group meetings with classmates, breaks between classes, nor travel for work in between classes. Please keep this in mind when creating your class schedule.

Using Your Digital Pass

Using your pass is simple. Please see this brief video for a demonstration:


If you have examined the qualifications above and feel you are eligible for free travel and have verified that passes have not been added to your account, please submit the Pass Request Form at this link. Disputes will take 2-4 days to process, during which students are responsible for their own travel. If an error is found, the student will be reimbursed for any Ram Van expenses following the submission of the form. Receipts must be provided for reimbursement.

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Ram Van Free Pass Info

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Ram Van can get you there. Possibly for free.

Ram Van is proud to once again offer free transportation to select community members during the 2019-2020 academic year. Eligible students will receive digital passes that entitle them to round-trip travel between the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses. Students must meet the criteria found here in order to be eligible. Read on to find out more!

What do you need free passes for?

Passes for travel to and from class?
Passes for a school-sponsored club or extracurricular?
Passes for an unpaid, for-credit internship?
Passes for a class trip, or other academic travel outside of class hours?

 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can my guests or friends use my passes?

A: You may elect to use your passes for guest travel, but please keep in mind that you are only granted exactly enough passes to travel to and from class.

Q: I think I should be getting any passes / more passes. What is going on?

A: Remember that passes will not be issued until the Wednesday prior to the start of the term and are automatically issued on a weekly basis for all students whose class schedule meets our eligibility requirements.  Click on the relevant category for your travel above to review qualifications and find out how to best submit a dispute. Be warned: the automated pass system is highly accurate. Students are responsible for their own travel while their dispute is being reviewed.

Q: Can I get free passes for a professor’s office hours, meeting with classmates for a group project, or if I have a large break or work between classes?

A: Free passes are not eligible for professors’ office hours, group meetings with classmates, breaks between classes, nor travel for work in between classes. Please keep this in mind when creating your class schedule.

Q: I have a class that is listed as “TBD”, but I believe should be eligible for passes. What do I do?

A: Classes with “TBD” in either the day or location will not be eligible for digital passes. The only way to receive passes in this case is to have your professor email with the date and location of the class, as well as confirmation that you are enrolled in the class.

Q: No dice! My situation doesn’t fit anything you described above. What do I do if I think I am eligible for free passes?

A: Any other special requests for passes that are not confirmed by your academic schedule must be emailed to by your professor

Q: My passes were lost / stolen recently? What do I do?

A: Ram Van and the Department of University Transportation are not liable for lost or stolen passes.

Using Your Digital Pass

Using a free pass is very simple. Please see this brief video below for a demonstration:

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Ram Van 101

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One of Fordham’s most unique offerings is the student-operated Intercampus Shuttle, commonly known as the Ram Van. The Department of University Transportation operates the Ram Van, which travels between Fordham’s Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses.

If you’re new to Fordham, read on for the most important information about Ram Van and how you can take advantage.

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