Who is eligible for U-Pass BC?

Students who are assessed student union fees, and;

  • Students enrolled in an on-campus Regular Studies course, practicum, or co-op (minimum 3 credits); or
  • Student enrolled in an on-campus section of one of the following Continuing Studies programs: Registered Massage Therapy, Supply Chain and Logistics, 2D Animation and 3D Animation; or
  • Students registered in at least 3 credits of Regular Studies (not including online, Guided Independent Studies, Field School, Flexible Assessment, Excluded or Adult Basic Education / Preparatory courses).

Who is NOT eligible for U-Pass BC?

For clarification, courses in the following programs will not count towards U-Pass BC eligibility:

  • Continuing Studies (with the exception of students in the programs listed above)
  • LEAP and LEPP Programs
  • Outgoing Exchange and Field School
  • Online, GIS or Flexible Assessment courses
  • Excluded course (APPL 4110)
  • Adult Basic Education / Preparatory courses (Math 1100, Math 1101, Math 1150, ENGL 1098, ENGL 1099, ENGL 1106, ENGL 1107, ENGL 1108, ENGL 1110, ENGL 1120, ENGL 1121)

Furthermore, any student will cease to be eligible for the program if they have dropped or withdrawn from all eligible courses during the term.

How many months of U-Pass BC will I be eligible for?

Students registered in full-semester courses in Summer 2021 will be eligible from May to August. Students registered in a half-semester course will be eligible for the two months that their class is in session. The eligible months cannot be changed or extended under any circumstances.

What happens if I drop or withdraw from my courses?

If you drop or withdraw from all eligible courses then you will no longer be eligible for U-Pass BC, and you will automatically be refunded for remaining months not yet activated.  If the current month has already been activated you can continue to use it but any requests made for the following month will be cancelled.

Can I be exempt from the U-Pass BC Program?

Langara’s agreement with TransLink allows for students to be ineligible or exempted in very specific and limited situations. This includes:

  • students registered in less than 3 credits
  • students who hold a valid U-Pass BC from another post-secondary institution
  • students who do not reside in and do not attend on-campus classes in Metro Vancouver

While the TransLink agreement permits additional "Optional Exemptions" at Langara's discretion, the number of students exempted under this category cannot exceed one percent of total eligible students according to the agreement with TransLink and is therefore reserved for very specific cases.

In the past, Langara has tried to be accommodating with opt-out requests. In the current environment, with far fewer students qualifying for U-Pass BC, we cannot continue with past practice and remain under the one percent optional exemption limit. Effective for Spring 2021, student opt-out requests will be carefully reviewed, and only approved in truly exceptional circumstances. This does mean some students who have been permitted to opt-out in the past will no longer be exempted.

An optional exemption will not be approved for the following reasons:

  • Students enrolled in a single course with on-campus classes scheduled for only one day per week
  • Students enrolled in an off-campus or online co-op or practicum term
  • Langara employees who are also students

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please email upass_admin@langara.ca.

The deadline for U-Pass BC Exemption for the Summer 2021 semester is May 13, 2021.

Please note that exemptions are valid for one term only and do not automatically carry over to future terms.

Download the Summer 2021 Exemption Request Form.

Download the Medical Exemption Form.