We understand that the affordability of study at UBC is a worry for many graduate students. That’s why we work to improve affordability through advocacy to the University and the government. We believe improving affordability encompasses both direct funding like scholarships and stipends, and cost of living issues like housing.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Financial Aid for Graduate Students
The VP External and Academic at the GSS advocate for graduate student funding with the university as well as government and external organizations. Their goal is to understand the funding changes and the available financial support for graduate students.
The GSS raises awareness of the available scholarships and awards for graduate students. We believe that more could be done to ensure that student awards are not left unused at the end of the fiscal year. The advocacy team also believes in creating greater transparency for students in terms of the allocations of research funds and stipends, working to clarify and unravel the university’s policy for any change in the funds on an annual basis.
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The GSS believes access to affordable housing for all graduate students should be a right. Around 1,300 graduate students live on-campus and we support an expansion of dedicated accommodation for graduate students, particularly for groups like students with dependents, who have specific needs. For the many students require access to rental accommodation we campaign to ensure all students are aware of their rights as tenants, and that Provincial legal frameworks are adequate.