U-PASS: UNLIMITED PRINCE GEORGE POOL AND TRANSIT BUS ACCESS**
***Due to the pandemic, UNBC has moved most courses online. As a result, the U-Pass fee is not assessed for most registered graduate students.
The U-Pass fee was approved by UNBC graduate students via referendum. The U-Pass program allows students to unlimited access to the City of Prince George bus system, as well as the Four Seasons Leisure Pool and the Prince George Aquatic Centre. Once all fees have been paid to UNBC, a validation sticker can be collected from the UNBC Cashier’s Office each semester to be affixed to the student ID card. This sticker is nontransferable and the student must show their card to the bus driver or pool reception to receive services free of charge.
If you are not automatically assessed the U-Pass fee, you are enrolled in courses that are classified as regional campus based, online, or field study. Under these circumstances, a graduate student is eligible to opt-in to the U-Pass program for the semester.
The U-Pass Special Circumstance Form to opt-in is located in the link below:
If you are charged the U-Pass fee, UNBC classifies one of your courses you enrolled in as Prince George campus based. The City of Prince George only has certain criteria for graduate students to opt-out of the U-Pass.
Below are the categories of students who can be exempt from the mandatory U-Pass fee:
a) any graduate student who has not taken courses at a Prince George UNBC campus for two consecutive years providing they have a letter of proof signed by their supervisor;
b) any student attending the Prince George campus who is not required to pay NBCGSS fees;
c) or any graduate student who has been living outside of Prince George for the minimum of two years, providing they have a letter of proof signed by their supervisor.
If a graduate student is eligible to opt-out of the U-Pass fee, the graduate student must submit the U-Pass Special Circumstance Form by the end of the first month of the semester that the graduate student would like to opt-out of the U-Pass fee to UNBC. A graduate student cannot submit a U-Pass Special Circumstance Opt-Out Form for multiple semesters. If UNBC does not receive via e-mail the U-Pass Special Circumstance Form and supporting documentation by the end of the first month of the semester that the graduate student would like to opt-out of the U-Pass fee, UNBC and the City of Prince George cannot approve the U-Pass opt-out for that semester.
The U-Pass Special Circumstance Form to opt-out is under revision.