U-Pass

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

The U-Pass fee was approved by 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 each semester to the NBCGSS Office. If the NBCGSS Office does not receive the U-Pass Special Circumstance Form by the end of the first month of each semester, the NBCGSS and the City of Prince George cannot approve the U-Pass opt-out.

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