Student Union Membership Fee

The backbone of CSU funding — these funds are used to operate the CSU’s core services.

OVERVIEW

The CSU Members Centre information centre, university advocacy, elected student stipends, and most staff wages are among the services and activities funded by the student union membership fee. This central administration supports the services and programming that are funded out of all other CSU fees.


Students based at the North Vancouver campus are assessed a flat fee of $44.21, plus $2.76 per credit (to a maximum of $27.60). Students based at kálax-ay, the Sunshine Coast campus, are assessed a flat fee of $17.69.

U-Pass BC Fee

The U-Pass BC program offers unlimited access to all transit zones under TransLink, including bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus, at a heavily discounted cost.

OVERVIEW

The U-Pass is one of the CSU’s most popular initiatives, so much so that the most recent referendum on its continuation passed with 95% of valid votes cast in favour. A transit pass equivalent to U-Pass would cost $177 per month — meaning U-Pass holders can save up to $538 per semester.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the program has been temporarily suspended until August 31, 2020.


This fee is assessed at $42.50 per month.

Health & Dental Plan Fee

The health and dental plan gives students access to extended health benefits including prescription drug coverage, dental, vision, travel insurance, massage, and more.

OVERVIEW

The CSU health and dental plan includes dental, vision, prescription drug, travel insurance coverage, and over $2,500 for health practitioners (including psychologists, massage therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists, speech therapists, and naturopaths). 


Full-time students enrolled in the fall are assessed this fee as a one-time charge of $248.36 for the full academic year. Full-time students commencing classes for the first time in the spring of any given academic year can opt-in for a prorated amount. Part-time students can opt in for a higher fee.

Equity & Sustainability Fee

The CSU helps create opportunities for visibility and representation, providing a voice for both traditionally marginalized groups and individual students who need assistance.

OVERVIEW

Events such as Black History Month Cabaret and Pride Week create space for equity-seeking groups. In addition, individual advocacy support helps guide students through the complex process of appealing university decisions. Advocacy services are fully available online.


This fee is assessed at $0.81 per credit to a maximum of $12.50 per semester.

Clubs and Events Fee

Clubs and events help build culture on campus and beyond, giving students access to extracurricular activities for a well-rounded university experience.

OVERVIEW

Annual large-scale events like Captivate and Rock the Boat have continued to grow every year, connecting students from all areas of study. Thanks to this funding, clubs have organized overnight surfing trips, sent delegations to model United Nations in other regions, and created niche podcasts on campus.


This fee is assessed at $0.33 per credit, to a maximum of $4.80 per semester.

Recreation and Intramurals Fee

Programming that promotes physical activity and mental wellness are essential to students’ holistic wellbeing during university.

OVERVIEW

CSUrec organizes recreation activities including the Rail Jam ski and snowboard competition and wellness programming such as dog therapy and free massage therapy. Wellness activities including workshops and social programming are administered via videoconference as well.


This fee is assessed at $0.54 per credit, to a maximum of $8.10 per semester.

External Advocacy Fee

Representing students’ interests to various levels of government is a key element of the CSU’s mandate. We work with partner organizations to influence policymakers on issues that affect students.

OVERVIEW

The CSU is a founding member of the Alliance of BC Students (ABCS), a provincial lobbying group made up of student associations across BC. Earlier in 2020, the CSU and ABCS celebrated the announcement of non-repayable needs-based grants.

We are also partnered with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) on federal campaigns. Recents wins as a result of CASA campaigning include a $1,200 increase to federal non-repayable grants and the reduction of federal student loan interest rates to zero.


This fee is assessed at $0.36 per credit, to a maximum of $5.40 per semester.

Personal Electronics Repair Service Fee

Now more than ever, working technology is essential to being able to learn effectively. The CSU’s Device Doctor provides repairs for students’ personal devices with no charge for labour — just the cost of parts.

OVERVIEW

Students can access repair services and a variety of other types of technical support without being charged for labour, keeping electronics out of landfills and money in students’ bank accounts. The service can also be accessed remotely, including over the phone and using our pick-up and drop-off service. 


This fee is assessed at $0.59 per credit, to a maximum of $8.85 per semester.

Student Union Building Fee

Student spaces help build relationships. They give students a place to participate in events, hang out with friends, eat their lunches, work on projects, relax, and access CSU services.

OVERVIEW

In addition to the CSU Members Centre, CSU Maple Lounge, the Women’s Centre, and the Queer Resource Centre, the CSU is conducting student consultations on what to include in a newly built student union building, which may include general purpose lounges, quiet study space, bookable rooms, food and beverage options, and possibly a campus pub. 


This fee is assessed at $7.00 per credit (to a maximum of 15 credits per semester). It will increase annually at the rate of inflation.

Business and Professional Associations Fee

The Capilano Business & Professional Society and its associations host a variety of events on- and off-campus, including skill-building workshops, networking opportunities, and wellness programming.

OVERVIEW

The Capilano Business & Professional Society operates a variety of student associations related to business and professional studies, including accounting, communications, finance, legal studies, marketing, human resources, and international business. 


Students registered in the Faculty of Business and Professional Studies are assessed this fee at $2.08 per credit, to a maximum of $31.20 per semester.

Please note, the University Act stipulates that students must continue to pay fees, even in the event that they resign membership. Most CSU fees are increased annually at the rate of inflation.