U-Pass

U-PASS: UNLIMITED PRINCE GEORGE POOL AND TRANSIT BUS ACCESS***

***Due to the pandemic, BC Transit announced the suspension of the U-Pass for only the May 2020 Semester. As a result, the U-Pass fee is not assessed for the May 2020 Semester.

The City of Prince George has advised the following U-Pass opt-in process applies to current UNBC graduate students for the May 2020 Semester to receive a U-Pass sticker:

Step 1: Fill out the City of Prince George opt-in form located here: http://blogs.unbc.ca/nbcgss/files/2016/08/U-Pass-Opt-In-Form.pdf

Step 2: Locate a copy of your UNBC graduate student registration status (part-time or full-time) for the May 2020 semester, and a copy of your paid tuition fees statement / receipt for the May 2020 semester. These two documents can be a screenshot or a photo with your name visible in the documents. The City is requiring this information.

Step 3: E-mail your completed City of Prince George opt-in form, a copy of graduate student registration status (part-time or full-time) for the May 2020 semester, and a copy of a your paid tuition fees statement / receipt for the May 2020 semester to the NBCGSS at gssoffice@unbc.ca

Step 4: The NBCGSS will then send the approved opt-in request to the UNBC Finance Department, who will apply the $57.50 U-Pass fee charge onto your graduate student account.

Step 5: Pay the $57.50 U-Pass fee charge via your graduate student account.

Step 6: Ensure all your fees, including tuition fees, have been paid to UNBC.

Step 7: The UNBC Cashier’s Office will contact you to arrange a time for you to pick up the U-Pass sticker to be placed onto your student ID card at the UNBC Cashier’s Office.

The NBCGSS is continuing to advocate and work with the City of Prince George, BC Transit, and UNBC for efficient, streamlined U-Pass processes.

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The U-Pass fee was approved by UNBC graduate students via referendum. The U-Pass 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/pool reception to receive services free of charge.

U-Pass Opt-Out

UNBC classifies regional graduate students based on their programs, not on where regional graduate students live. If you are charged the U-Pass, UNBC classifies your program or a course you enrolled in as Prince George campus based. The U-Pass does have an opt-out process which the NBCGSS oversees. 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 the NBCGSS Office. A graduate cannot submit a U-Pass Special Circumstance Opt-Out Form for multiple semesters. If the NBCGSS Office does not receive 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, the NBCGSS 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 located at the link below.

U-Pass Opt-Out Form

U-Pass Opt-In

UNBC classifies regional graduate students based on their programs, not on where regional graduate students live. If you are not charged the U-Pass, UNBC classifies your program or a course you enrolled in as regional campus based, online, or field study. Under these circumstances a student may be eligible to opt-in to the U-Pass. Each circumstance is treated individually and will be reviewed and decided by the City of Prince George and the NBCGSS.

The U-Pass Special Circumstance Form to opt-in is located at the link below.

U-Pass Opt-In Form