Services

The comprehensive services and benefits we offer to our members.

Health & Dental Plan

Health & Dental Plan

FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE GRADUATE STUDENT HEALTH AND DENTAL PLAN, PLEASE CONTACT STUDENTCARE, THE ORGANIZATION THAT ADMINISTERS THE PLAN, AT THEIR TOLL-FREE PHONE NUMBER 1-866-358-4431 OR VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT WWW.STUDENTCARE.CA

To help UNBC graduate students pay for the health services they need, the NBCGSS has partnered with Studentcare in order to provide students with extended health and dental coverage. The Plan is designed specifically to fill the gaps in provincial health care (the British Columbia Medical Services Plan) and other basic health-care programs.

Who’s Covered?

NBCGSS members registered in the Fall semester and paying NBCGSS fees are automatically covered by the Graduate Student Health & Dental Plan. This includes:

  • Full-time and part-time students
  • Internet-based students
  • Eligible international students

Certain exceptions exist. Please check your student account to confirm if you have been charged the Plan fees.

The following students may be eligible to enroll themselves in the Plan:

  • Regional campus graduate students
  • New Winter semester graduate students

What’s Covered?

Among other benefits, the Plan covers:

  • Up to 80% for prescription drugs and prescription vaccinations
  • 80% (up to $150 per policy year) for non-prescription vaccinations
  • Up to $4,000 for health practitioners (psychologists, massage therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, etc.)
  • Up to $350 in vision care (eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lenses, laser eye surgery)
  • Up to $750 in dental care (checkups, cleanings, fillings, extractions, endodontics, periodontics, etc.)
  • Travel health coverage (up to $5,000,000 per incident, 120 days per trip), trip cancellation and trip interruption in the event of a medical emergency

Visit www.studentcare.ca for complete details.

How Can I Save More?

You can further enhance your benefits by visiting health professionals who are members of the Dental, Vision, Chiropractic, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Doctor, and Psychology Networks. You are covered for the insured portion regardless of the health professional you choose. By consulting a Network member, you will get additional coverage. For example, by visiting a Dental Network member, you will receive an additional 20% off dental services. Visit www.studentcare.ca for more information.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Plan fee for full-year coverage (Sept. 1, 2020 – Aug. 31, 2021) is $369.29. The cost of the Plan is part of your student fees if you are automatically assessed the fee. For the January 2021 Semester, the Plan fee is $246.10 for only new January graduate students for coverage from January 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021 if you are automatically assessed the fee.

Can I Change My Coverage?

If you are covered by another extended health and dental plan (e.g. a parent’s or spouse’s employee plan, not BC MSP), you can combine both plans to maximize your overall coverage and reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs.

Alternatively, if you have other equivalent coverage, you can opt out of the Plan during the Change-of-Coverage Period from Sept. 8 – 30, 2020 and receive a credit to your student account for the amount of the Plan. If you are eligible, the Change-of-Coverage Period is also when you can enrol yourself, your spouse, and/or your dependent children in the Plan. Only new Winter semester students can opt-in or opt-out themselves and their spouse and/or dependent children from Jan. 4 – 22, 2021 for coverage from Jan. 1 – Aug. 31, 2021.

Visit www.studentcare.ca for instructions.

Have More Questions?

Information is available online at www.studentcare.ca or by calling the Studentcare Member Services Centre at 1-866-358-4431, Mon. – Fri.

Graduate Computer Lab

Graduate Computer Lab

The graduate student computer lab has restricted access located in the west wing of the Teaching and Learning Building (Building 10) in room 10–3032. Because the NBCGSS has no access to any students’ accounts, e-mail gssoffice@unbc.ca with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • Your UNBC e-mail address
  • Your phone number
  • A copy of your graduate student registration status (screenshot or photo is acceptable)

The NBCGSS will fill out and approve the form. The form will be sent to the UNBC Facilities Department, which completes the process of the student ID card activation. Once the UNBC Facilities Department grants approval, you need to have your student card encoded and set up a PIN number at the Facilities Department.

The Ricoh Grad Lab printer has been connected to the rest of the PaperCut printing system at UNBC, which will allow graduate students to use their student ID cards or UNBC student login account at any Ricoh printer connected to PaperCut to access scanning, colour printing, black & while printing, and photocopying.

UNBC auto-populates each semester all current graduate students who are members of Northern BC Graduate Students’ Society (NBCGSS) with a free $5 credit that NBCGSS funds.

The free credit in the graduate student PaperCut account states, “NBCGSS Print Credit”. Any unused NBCGSS Print Credit by the end of the semester will be reset by UNBC to a free $5 credit for current graduate students who are members of the NBCGSS.

Please note that the NBCGSS does not have access to any graduate student PaperCut printing account. For questions about PaperCut, e-mail printaccess@unbc.ca 

Graduate Lounge

Graduate Lounge

The NBCGSS maintains a restricted-access lounge for members located in the west wing of the Teaching and Learning Building in room 10-3016 at the Prince George campus.

Rules for the lounge:

  • The lounge is open to all NBCGSS members 24 hours per day
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Do not post unrelated material in the lounge

The lounge is accessed by swiping an activated student ID card. Because the NBCGSS has no access to any students’ accounts, e-mail gssoffice@unbc.ca with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • Your UNBC e-mail address
  • Your phone number
  • A copy of your graduate student registration status (screenshot or photo is acceptable)
GOeVisit

GOeVisit

GOeVisit provides access to medical appointments with a doctor or nurse practitioner through a secure web portal or mobile app 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The doctors and nurse practitioners can diagnose and prescribe treatment for over 300 illnesses through this mobile service. 

The BC Federation of Students, the provincial students’ union, has secured a partnership with GOeVisit that allows Federation members to access the service for free, which includes members of the Northern BC Graduate Students’ Society (NBCGSS) as well. For non-members, the service costs $100 per year as a subscription for Canadian residents, and $49.95 per visit for international students.

To access the service free of charge, click on the following link: https://portal.goevisit.com/partner/bcfs

For further questions, please contact GOeVisit directly.

U-Pass

U-Pass

**UNLIMITED PRINCE GEORGE POOL AND TRANSIT BUS ACCESS**

The U-Pass fee was approved by UNBC graduate students via referendum. The U-Pass program allows students to unlimited access to the City of Prince George bus system, as well as the Four Seasons Leisure Pool and the Prince George Aquatic Centre. Once all fees have been paid to UNBC, a validation sticker can be collected from the UNBC Cashier’s Office each semester to be affixed to the student ID card. This sticker is nontransferable and the student must show their card to the bus driver or pool reception to receive services free of charge.

U-Pass Opt-In

If you are not automatically assessed the U-Pass fee, you are enrolled in courses that are classified as regional campus based, online, or field study. Under these circumstances, a graduate student is eligible to opt-in to the U-Pass program for the semester.

The U-Pass Special Circumstance Form to opt-in is located in the link below:
https://www.unbc.ca/finance/accounts-receivable/u-pass-opt

U-Pass Opt-Out

If you are charged the U-Pass fee, UNBC classifies one of your courses you enrolled in as Prince George campus based. The City of Prince George only has certain criteria for graduate students to opt-out of the U-Pass.

If a graduate student is eligible to opt-out of the U-Pass fee, the graduate student must submit the U-Pass Special Circumstance Form by the end of the first month of the semester that the graduate student would like to opt-out of the U-Pass fee to the City of Prince George via e-mail only. A graduate student cannot submit a U-Pass Special Circumstance Opt-Out Form for multiple semesters. If the City of Prince George does not receive via e-mail the U-Pass Special Circumstance Form and supporting documentation by the end of the first month of the semester that the graduate student would like to opt-out of the U-Pass fee, the City of Prince George does not approve the U-Pass opt-out for that semester.

The U-Pass Form to opt-out is located in the link below:
Graduate-Student-U-Pass-Opt-Out

Emergency Bursary Fund

Emergency Bursary Fund

NBCGSS funds the NBCGSS Emergency Bursary Fund for members that are administered by the UNBC Awards and Financial Aid Unit of the Office of the Registrar. Emergency aid can be awarded to qualified graduate student members to a maximum of $250 per student per academic year, depending on the amount remaining in the NBCGSS Emergency Bursary Fund. The NBCGSS Emergency Bursary Fund is available to members who demonstrate considerable need in meeting the necessities of life and have exhausted all other avenues of funding within UNBC. For more information or to obtain the forms, please contact the UNBC Awards and Financial Aid Unit at awards@unbc.ca

Legacy Scholarships

Legacy Scholarships

The NBCGSS Legacy Scholarships were established by the NBCGSS to support members who excel at UNBC. The goal of the $500 scholarships, which is available to two full-time graduate students – one graduate student from College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences, and the other from College of Science and Management, is to recognize and support academic excellence. In addition to academic excellence, contributions to the graduate student culture and graduate program in which the applicant is enrolled will also be evaluated.

For more information or to view the application deadline, please visit UNBC Awards and Financial Aid Unit

The Deals App

The Deals App

To help make your day to day life a little more affordable, the BC Federation of Students, the provincial students’ union, and your students’ society have partnered with businesses to provide student discounts through our mobile app Deals.

Download the Deals App and start saving money today: http://www.wearebcstudents.ca/deals

Welcome Kit

Welcome Kit

As a member of the NBCGSS, the free Welcome Kit is available to current UNBC graduate students. Items include: the annual handbook and dayplanner, notebook, pen, yellow highlighter, orange highlighter, sticky note pad, cloth bag, lanyard, and cellphone wallet.

Depending on volunteer availability, processing time is at least two weeks. Delivery is only available in Canada.

Due to limited supply, the welcome kit is limited to one per graduate student per academic year.

Click here for the order form: https://forms.gle/LC2dTD281noJEX2aA

Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance

Legal advice can cost hundreds of dollars per hour to speak to a lawyer.

As a member of the NBCGSS and BC Federation of Students, you are eligible for free, unlimited legal advice over the phone in the following areas of law: Family, Criminal, Civil litigation, Landlord and Tenant, Wills and Estates, Tax, Employment, Immigration, and Identity Theft Support.

You can call on the phone number 1 877-333-3884 anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to speak to a customer service representative who can arrange for you to speak to a lawyer at no charge.

If you need to retain a lawyer, a referral to a local lawyer can be provided with a free initial 30 minute consultation and a 25% discount on their standard legal fees. The lawyer will be assigned based on your specific legal issue so you can rest assured they have the experience and knowledge to assist you.