Subsidies

Subsidies

Subsidies

The AMS offers hardship subsidies to students who are experiencing genuine financial hardship.

Students can apply for four kinds of Hardship Subsidies: Health and Dental Fee Subsidy, U-Pass Subsidy, SUB Renewal Fee Subsidy, and the AMS Fee Subsidy. Additionally, the AMS has recently released three new subsidies aimed at encouraging student involvement within the community: AMS Club Membership Fee Subsidy, Constituency Event Fee Subsidy, and the Child Care Bursary. The subsidies available for the current academic session are:

AMS U-Pass Subsidy

The application period open and close dates for Summer 2023/2024:

  • Jun 3 to Jun 14, 2024 for Summer Term 1 (May to June) 
  • July 16, 2024, to July 30, 2024 for Summer Term 2 (July to August)

The U-Pass Subsidy is offered to students who are eligible for a U-Pass in the current academic term and are experiencing financial hardship. This subsidy is not applicable to those who aren’t taking courses this term and therefore ineligible for a U-Pass.

For more information on AMS transit subsidies and exemptions, please refer to the U-Pass page.

Note: Students must pay U-Pass fees before applying for this subsidy. If approved, the subsidy will be applied to your UBC SSC account.

AMS Fee and SUB Renewal Fee Subsidy

*Students can only apply during the first term of their academic year. Here are the dates:

  • 24/25′ Summer Term 1: June 3rd – June 14th, 2024
  • 24/25′ Summer Term 2: July 16th – June 30th, 2024

Note: Students must pay their AMS Fee and SUB Renewal Fee before applying for this subsidy. If approved, the subsidy will be applied to your UBC SSC account.

Health & Dental Fee Subsidy

*Students may only apply for the term that they are assessed their plan fee:

  • Winter Term 1: August 21st 2023 – September 25th, 2023
  • Winter Term 2: January 3rd, 2023 – January 24th, 2023

Note: Students must pay their Health & Dental Fee before applying for this subsidy. If approved, the subsidy will be applied to your UBC SSC account.

AMS Club Membership Fee Subsidy

  • *This subsidy is not included in the AMS Fees
  • Dates & Deadlines: Open All Year Round
  • Eligibility: any student wishing to participate in UBC student clubs
  • Purpose: alleviate financial hardship for students wishing to get involved in club activities

Constituency Event Fee Subsidy

  • *This subsidy is not included in the AMS Fees
  • Dates & Deadlines: Open All Year Round
  • Eligibility: any student wishing to participate in an event hosted by a UBC constituency (i.e. AUS, CUS)
  • Purpose: alleviate financial hardship for students wishing to participate in campus activities hosted by a UBC constituency (i.e. CUS Conference)

Child Care Bursary Subsidy

  • *This subsidy is not included in the AMS Fees
  • Dates & Deadlines: Open All Year Round
  • Eligibility: students experiencing financial hardship & supporting dependents (children)
  • Purpose: alleviate financial hardship for students with dependents
  • Requirements: submit the formal application and provide 2 support documentation to prove genuine financial hardship

Other Financial Hardship Resources

Fee Opt-Outs

Certain AMS Fees can be opted-out of. For more information, visit the Opt-Out/Opt-In Page.

Please email fundsandgrants@ams.ubc.ca and CC avpfinance@ams.ubc.ca for any questions regarding applying for hardship subsidies. For U-Pass questions, please email avpexternal@ams.ubc.ca.