Updated u-pass information – September 1, 2020
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 for September 1st, 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.
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 $170 per academic term or $42.50 per month, providing students with a full 3-Zone Pass per month, which would normally cost over $170 a 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 can apply for a U-Pass exemption. More information on this can be found here.
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 in your SSC U-Pass exemption form.
I can’t afford the U-Pass:
- If you are facing financial hardship you may be eligible for the AMS Winter 2020-2021 Subsidy which offers either a full or partial reimbursement of your U-Pass fee. You can apply for the Winter Subsidy through the following link by logging into AMS CampusBase with your CWL.Click here for more information on the AMS Winter 2020-2021
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 are eligible for exemptions.For this exemption, please go to your SSC, click Finances, U-Pass Exemption, select the disability exemption form under medical disability, and note “disability” as your reason for exemption. Click here for more information.
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 throughout September. You can still pay your tuition and if/when your subsidy or exemption application is approved, your SSC will be credited.
Note: U-Pass BC has increased from $41.00/month ($164/term) to $42.50/month ($170/term) effective May 1, 2020.