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Transit Subsidy Form 2020

Transit Subsidy Form 2020


On behalf of the AMS and GSS, we understand the important role that public transportation plays in the everyday lives of students at UBC. Though many students continue to work and study remotely, some of us have slowly and cautiously begun working on campus or in our communities where we need to commute to different places.

In order to provide affordable access to transportation, the AMS and GSS, in collaboration with the University, are providing partial credit for those students who rely on public transit for their essential needs in the summer.

If you’re a registered UBC student in Summer Term 2 and are facing financial hardship, you may fill out this form to receive partial credit for a monthly transit pass you have purchased for July and/or August. The credit you receive will apply towards your tuition account and will be viewable on your SSC.

In the context of this application, financial hardship is difficulty in paying for public transit fares during the months of July and August 2020. Financial difficulty can be a result of any extra costs you’re incurring during the COVID-19 pandemic such as medical needs, travel, loss of employment, degree of financial support from family, precarious housing situation, or any pre-existing financial hardships from before COVID-19.

Please note: While the subsidy program has been a large project for both the AMS and the GSS, we are working with limited resources and will be only able to reimburse those who are facing financial hardship as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Please read the instructions and fill out the form carefully.

You need to have purchased a Monthly Pass from Translink before filling out this application.

Please visit Translink to purchase a Monthly Pass. Keep your receipt of purchase for completion of this subsidy form.

How Transit Zones Work

  • The transit system in the Lower Mainland consists of geographic zones – your fare is assessed based on the number of zones you cross into during your commute.
  • Translink Monthly Passes are great value for frequent travellers. If you use transit occasionally, you may be better suited to use Stored Value on your compass card to pay for the trips you take. Visit Translink to see current fair pricing.

If you primarily use the bus:

  • Zones do not apply to your fare. All transit buses are one-zone regardless of the distance you travel. If you will only be using the bus, please purchase a one-zone pass.

If you primarily use SkyTrain:

  • You will need to purchase a 1-Zone, 2-Zone or 3-Zone pass depending on how many zones you travel regularly Translink zone boundaries

If you primarily use the SeaBus:

  • You will need a 2-Zone pass as you will be crossing from Zone 2 (Lonsdale Quay) into Zone 1 (Waterfront).

If you are planning to use multiple transit services, but will remain in one-zone, please purchase a one-zone pass. Please refer to the Translink zone map which will help you determine the monthly pass you will need to purchase to complete daily, weekly, or monthly commutes.

The Distribution of Funds 

The amount credit you receive will be determined on several factors:

  • The type of Translink Monthly Pass you’ve purchased
  • Your financial hardship and need
  • Your reliance on transit
  • The overall number of applicants

Depending on which type of monthly transit pass you purchase, we will determine the amount of your reimbursement. Please refer to the table below to determine how much your reimbursement will be:

Monthly Pass Cost of Monthly Pass (What you pay) Reimbursement Amount (What your SSC will be credited) Final Cost
1 Zone $98 $55.50 $42.50
2 Zone $131 $88.50 $42.50
3 Zone $177 $134.50 $42.50

See our FAQs below the application for more information.


What is financial hardship?

Financial hardship can be defined as the inability to afford paying for public transit fares and passes during the months of June, July and August. Financial hardship can also occur due to extra costs such as medical needs, travel, loss of employment, degree of financial support from family, precarious housing situation, or any pre-existing financial hardships from before COVID-19.

If I was enrolled in semester two but withdrew from the term, will the refund still stay in my account?

The reimbursement is for students who are registered and enrolled throughout the termand intend on completing Summer Term 2. If you withdraw from courses, you will not be eligible for a refund.

How long can I expect to receive the reimbursement credit?

Although the times to receive the reimbursement vary, it will take up to 4 weeks for all payments to be processed and seen in your student account.

Why was so much personal information about my income asked, and what will be done with it?

Personal information has been asked in order to track the credibility of the claims and to identify students in need of the reimbursement. All information is not shared with any third party organizations and remains fully confidential.

How do I know that I qualify for the reimbursement?

You qualify for the reimbursement when you are a registered student at UBC, enrolled in Summer Term 2, have purchased monthly passes for the months of July and/or August, and have experienced financial difficulties that meet our description of financial hardship in this time.

Why was the UPass suspended?

The UPass was suspended across BC post-secondary institutions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, since in-person classes have been cancelled indefinitely. Translink and post-secondary student unions and representatives have agreed to temporarily suspend the program.

When is the UPass coming back?

The UPass program has been temporarily suspended due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the UPass is suspended until August 31st, 2020 by AMS Council decision. The AMS and GSS, along with Translink and other post-secondary institutions in the Lower Mainland, are actively looking for solutions for affordable public transportation for the Fall 2020.