UBC GSS, and AMS, together with other Metro Vancouver public post-secondary institutions and student associations have come to an agreement with TransLink to collectively resume the U-Pass BC Program, with continuing support from the Province of BC.
Through surveys and consultations we’ve learned that a large number of students rely on public transit not just to access education, but also to access essentials needs and services such as visiting the doctor, visiting family, buying food or safe leisurely activities.
Deadline to apply for the AMS U-Pass Exemption:
- If you are registered in both terms and would like an exemption for May-August U-Pass: May 25, 2021
- If you are registered in Term 1 and would like an exemption for May-June U-Pass: May 25, 2021
- If you are registered in Term 2 and would like an exemption for July-August U-Pass: July 25, 2021
What is the U-Pass BC program:
- The U-Pass BC program is a subsidized transit pass program that provides post-secondary students with universal, accessible and affordable access to public transit across Metro Vancouver. The U-Pass BC program costs $173.40 per academic term or $43.35 per month, providing students with a full 3-Zone Pass per month.
All my classes are online, do I still have to pay for a U-Pass:
- All post-secondary students in Metro Vancouver are required to pay the U-Pass fee. This pooled financial effort is the reason Translink is able to provide a reduced cost, subsidized transit pass specifically for post-secondary students. By having everyone contribute together towards the U-Pass, students can enjoy highly subsidized and accessible public transportation.
I am not living within Metro Vancouver, do I still have to pay for the U-Pass:
- Students studying/living outside of Metro Vancouver has until January 29, 2021 to apply for a U-Pass exemption.
What qualifies as Metro Vancouver:
- As negotiated with Translink, the following regions fall under Metro Vancouver (previously referred to as the Lower Mainland): Anmore, Belcarra, Bowen Island, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley (City and Township), Lions Bay, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver (City and District), Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey (incl. Barnston Island), Tsawwassen First Nation, UBC, University Endowment Lands, Vancouver, West Vancouver, and White Rock.
I don’t need the U-Pass:
- You can only be exempted from the U-Pass if you are either living outside the Lower Mainland or if you meet the exemption eligibility criteria as outlined on your SSC U-Pass exemption form.
I can’t afford the U-Pass:
- We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed financial burdens on students. Supporting our members has always been and will continue to be a priority for the AMS. You can apply for the AMS U-Pass Subsidy beginning on May 1, 2021. The subsidy will remain open until May 31, 2021, for both term (May-August) and Term 1 (May-June) subsidies. The subsidy will open for Term 2 subsidies on July 1, 2021, and will close on July 30, 2021.
I’m immunocompromised and will not be using public transit this fall. How can I get exempted from U-Pass:
- We understand this concern and have worked with UBC Enrollment Services to ensure that immunocompromised students may eligible for exemptions. For this exemption, and if you are not registered with the Centre for Accessibility, you may apply through your Student Service Centre (SSC). Select “U-Pass Exemption” under Financial Summary. To learn more about this exemption, you can email email@example.com.
I’ve applied for the exemption, when can I expect it to update on my SSC?
- As we are experiencing an extremely high volume of exemption and subsidy applications, we are processing the applications on a rolling basis. You can still pay your tuition and if/when your subsidy or exemption application is approved, your SSC will be credited.