The Province of British Columbia, the University of British Columbia and the Alma Mater Society have negotiated a plan to prevent students from dropping out of courses but still keeping their subsidized U-Pass, according to The Ubyssey.
In the past students received their U-Pass twice a term, but under the new agreement students will get their pass on a month-to-month basis, and the university will be held responsible for retrieving any unreturned passes.
With the new contract UBC will also be forced to commit to an unreturned U-Pass rate of less than two percent (approximately $150), or charge dropout students for the full remaining value of their term pass.
“This agreement helps reduce the financial risk of passes being used when they shouldn’t be,” said Kate Trotter, public affairs officer for the BC Ministry of Transport.
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