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FORWARD for Students
Affordability Initiative

Campus Initiatives Vancouver | Campus Initiatives Okanagan

You can help UBC students thrive

Affordability is the greatest challenge facing students today! Your help will equip them to build a better future for us all.

We are facing an affordability crisis. Housing, transportation and food security create real barriers to student success. Today, UBC students struggle to maintain their quality of life as well as academic achievement.

UBC believes that no eligible student should be denied an education based solely on financial need. The FORWARD for Students Affordability Initiative will help students on both campuses by providing them with support in the areas where they need it most. Our goal is to raise $100 million to help students who are coping with the ever-rising cost of living.

“These are the make-or-break foundational years. Students you help today will remember it for the rest of their lives.”—Eshana Bhangu, 2022-23 President Alma Mater Society (AMS), UBC Vancouver

UBC is a community where students develop skills, expand their understanding, and make connections that can last a lifetime. However, students in financial crisis cannot fully participate in campus life, which severely compromises their student experience as well as both mental and physical health.

The FORWARD for Students Fund is a fund that will support need-based student awards and affordability programs and services, providing students with support where they need it most.

The time for action is now—you can make a difference today in the student affordability crisis.


FORWARD, the campaign for UBC, is advancing healthy lives, creating solutions for the planet, and shaping thriving societies. Donors and alumni are the catalyst making it happen.