U-Pass BC

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– Students who are registered in on-campus classes that are a minimum of 3 credits will continue to be eligible for a U-Pass BC and will be charged the U-Pass BC fee. That means students who are taking online or off-campus classes only will not be eligible for a U-Pass BC and will not be charged. 

If all of your Fall classes are fully online at the start of the term, you were not assessed U-Pass BC/MultiPass fees, in accordance with the program’s eligibility requirements. 
If you have already activated your September U-Pass, it will remain active for the month, and you will be charged the September fee. However, you will not be eligible (or charged) for the remainder of the Fall 2021 term.
If your U-Pass eligibility requirements have changed and your Fall classes are now fully online, your fees have been reassessed. Please check your account balance in online self-service oss.kpu.ca
For more information, please visit kpu.ca/upass

Go wherever TransLink goes, whenever you want.

U-Pass BC is a program offered to all public post-secondary schools in Metro Vancouver by TransLink and the provincial government. It provides unlimited access to public transit within the TransLink service region.

All eligible students at participating schools are included in the program and pay for their U-Pass BC as part of their student fees. By having everyone contribute to the program, the cost per student is significantly lower.

Check out the top 10 Compass Card tips for U-Pass BC students!

KSA MultiPass Hardship Bursary

If you are a current student who are eligible for the MultiPass but experiencing financial hardship or significant personal obligations, you may qualify to receive a partial or full bursary for the MultiPass program.

The Fall 2021 Hardship Bursary Application form is available now. 

Deadline to apply is Friday, October 8, 2021 at 4pm.

To apply, download and fill out the application, and then email the completed application and any supporting documentation to us at multipass@kusa.ca .

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an email notification verifying that it has been received. Included will also be additional information describing when you will receive notification on whether or not your application was approved. Applicants receiving bursaries from the KSA may be required to provide additional details to the KSA for tax purposes as required by the Canada Revenue Agency. These applicants will be contacted by KSA Accounting in this case.

To find out more about the application process, please take a look at our Hardship Bursary Policy and Procedures.

KSA Transit Pass Subsidy

If you are a current student in need of the U-Pass and are ONLY registered in online courses, you can apply for our monthly transit pass subsidy. This is a limited program with a first-come first-served basis. Students are required to re-apply each month.

Please check the October Application  here and see if it applies to you.

Deadline to apply is Friday, October 15 at 4pm.

MultiPass Exemption Application

The exemption process is handled by the University. Applications can be made online.

There are very specific eligibility categories for exemptions.

  • U-Pass from another institution
  • Existing Transit Pass
  • Disability
  • Geographic Hardship
  • Music Hardship
  • Employment Vehicle

Please visit here to learn more and contact upass@kpu.ca for any questions.

  • How to get a Compass Card?1

    To use your U-Pass BC benefit, students will need to purchase a Compass Card first! Compass cards can be bought for a $6 refundable deposit at the following locations:

    • KPU Bookstore
    • online at compasscard.ca
    • Compass Vending Machines at select Skytrain stop locations
    • Compass Card retailer
    • select London Drugs locations
    • by calling 604.398.2042
    • Compass Customer Service Centre: Stadium-Chinatown Station

    For a list of all retailers, please click here.

    Please note that students with the initial release Compass Cards will not have to purchase a new Compass Card. They work the same, we just waived the $6 deposit!

  • How to load your U-Pass BC onto your Compass Card?1

    With your Compass Card in hand, visit upassbc.translink.ca to link your U-Pass to your Compass Card. Then, after the 16th of each following month, you’ll be able to request your U-Pass BC benefit online, and it will automatically be loaded onto your Compass Card. Please keep in mind that it could take up to 24 hours to load. For more details, check out this step by step guide to your Compass Card!

  • I lost my Compass Card.1

    Lost your Compass Card? No problem!

    Step 1. Visit upassbc.translink.ca to unlink your U-Pass BC benefit from your lost Compass Card.

    Step 2. Purchase a new Compass Card ($6 refundable deposit) at any of the locations listed here.

    Step 3. Visit upassbc.translink.ca to link your U-Pass BC benefit to your new Compass Card, and request your month’s pass!

  • What does the Multipass fee include?1

    The MultiPass fee is a total of $53.35/month, which includes $43.35 for U-Pass BC. The rest of the MultiPass fee is $10/month, which gets you lots of services and large discounts on items like fitness passes and shuttle services.

  • Having Difficulty?1

    Don’t know who to contact about your Compass Card? Check out some of the resources below:

    Eligibility – If you are having difficulty with your eligibility for your U-Pass BC (or your MultiPass / U-Pass fees), please contact upass@kpu.ca.

    Compass Card – If you are having difficulty with the upassbc.translink.ca website, the Compass Card itself, or are unsure of how the system works, please check out askcompass.ca for the answers to many common questions!

    If you have a question that hasn’t been answered, please feel free to email us at multipass@kusa.ca.

  • Can I Opt Out from MultiPass Program?1

    The MultiPass, like the U-Pass BC at other schools, is a universal pass. This means that participation is mandatory for all students. There are very limited exemptions, so almost no one will be excluded. Having all students participate in the program is like a bulk-buy program. It makes it possible to provide the program at a significant discount.

    If you would like to request an exemption, please visit KPU’s website to check your eligibility.

    If you are experiencing financial hardship or significant personal obligations, you may qualify to receive KSA Multipass Hardship Bursary.

  • What is the current U-Pass BC Agreement ?1

    The final version of the U-Pass BC contract (2020-2025) is more than 30 pages long with many sections using technical or convoluted language. Despite the fact it is a difficult document to read, we feel that it is important for students to know what all of the terms and conditions for the U-Pass BC are.

    See the U-Pass Program Details page for more information.

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