U-Pass BC Exemption Request

EXEMPTION

The 2022 Spring U-Pass BC exemption application is now open. 

Before being able to apply for the 2022 Spring U-Pass BC exemption application, you must be enrolled in course(s) and be eligible for the U-Pass BC Program during the term. You can check your eligibility status by clicking on the "Click here to check your U-Pass BC eligibility" button. Please be advised that your U-Pass BC eligibility is determined the day after you enrolled in course(s). 

Please note that an approved U-Pass BC exemption is only valid for one term. You need to submit an exemption application every term.

FUTURE U-PASS BC EXEMPTION AVAILABILITY & DEADLINE DATES

Term Exemption period opens Exemption application deadline
2022 Spring November 29, 2021 at 9am (PT) January 11, 2022 at 4:30pm (PT)
2022 Summer March 22, 2022 at 9am (PT) May 16, 2022 at 4:30pm (PT)
2022 Fall July 25, 2022 at 9am (PT) September 13, 2022 at 4:30pm (PT)

EXEMPTION CATEGORIES

Please review the categories before applying. Applications are reviewed on a term-by-term basis and the requirements must be met for exemption status. Even if you have been approved in the past, you may no longer meet the requirements to be exempted. Same as in previous terms, transit use decisions are not considered as eligible exemption criteria.

Consideration for an exemption from U-Pass BC program will only be given to students who meet the requirements for the eligible exemption categories and provide the required supporting documentation in English:

ELIGIBLE EXEMPTION CATEGORIES

I have a documented physical or psychological condition that prevents me from using public transit and I am registered with SFU's Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL).

Required supporting document:

  1. A signed letter on letterhead from SFU's Centre for Accessible Learning which verifies your condition and makes an exemption recommendation. *Do NOT forward any medical information to the SFU U-Pass BC Office. Please note that you may be required to complete the CAL U-Pass BC Medical Exemption Request Form.

I have a valid, non-transferable TransLink employee, government, or disability Compass Card (includes CNIB cards).

Required supporting document:

  1. A photocopy of BOTH sides of your valid, non-transferable Compass Card.

I have a valid, non-transferable U-Pass BC from another post-secondary institution loaded onto my Compass Card.

Required supporting document:

  1. A photocopy of BOTH sides of your valid, non-transferable Compass Card linked to your other post-secondary institution.
  2. A photocopy of your valid student ID card from your other post-secondary institution. 

I live outside Metro Vancouver and I am registered in courses being taught remotely. (To see a list of cities located within Metro Vancouver, refer to our U-Pass BC FAQ page.)

Required supporting documents:

  1. Official proof of your current address within the last four months (for example, a bill for rent, phone, hydro, or bank statement in your name). Please be sure to blackout information that is not required for the exemption application.
  2. For students who have travelled home and do not have proof of your current address, submit a copy of your flight ticket(s)/itinerary or other travel details as proof of living outside Metro Vancouver during 2021 Fall term. Flight ticket(s)/itinerary from more than four months ago will not be accepted as proof of your current address.
  3. Your class schedule for the exemption application term from your goSFU. If your course location and time are not provided on your goSFU, please provide a copy of your course syllabus that lists course location and meeting times or a letter from your department verifying your course location and meeting times. 

I have a requirement for access to a vehicle for a dependent's medical reason.

Required supporting document:

  1. A signed letter from a medical practitioner verifying the medical condition of your dependent. This letter must indicate the need to have access to a vehicle at all times due to your dependent's medical condition. *Do NOT forward details of the medical condition.

I live in Metro Vancouver and my one-way transit travel time is more than 2 hours between home and my course(s).**

**Your transit travel time must be more than two hours from your home to course location(s) or vice versa. We cannot consider limited travel time due to other commitments as a reason to be exempted. It is the student’s responsibility to take all their schedules and commitments into consideration when enrolling in courses.

Required supporting documents:

  1. Official proof of your current address within the last four months (for example, a bill for rent, phone, or hydro in your name).
  2. Your class schedule for the exemption application term from your goSFU. If your course location and time are not provided on your goSFU, please provide a copy of your course syllabus that lists course location and meeting times or a letter from your department verifying your course location and meeting times. 
  3. Provide a detailed copy of your transit trip time directions from your home to your course(s) based on the dates and times of your course as well as from your course(s) to home. We recommend using Google maps to review transit options as it provides the shortest and simplest routes and allows you to exclude specific methods of travel (e.g., West Coast Express).  Google Maps also provides detailed walking times, which may be considered. 

REASONS NOT CONSIDERED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  • I do not use transit services.
  • I have access to a vehicle.
  • I live in Metro Vancouver and I'm enrolled in remote and/or distance education courses. Please note: Some courses do not have scheduled classes (e.g., graduate thesis, directed studies, honour’s research projects, co-op, and practicum) and are designated as on-campus courses or within Metro Vancouver. 

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

Once you have successfully submitted your U-Pass BC exemption application, you will immediately receive a confirmation email sent to your SFU email. If you have not received a confirmation email from upass@sfu.ca, then your application was not submitted to the U-Pass BC office and you will need to complete the U-Pass BC exemption request again.

If you have any questions, send your inquiries to upass@sfu.ca or 778-782-6930.