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Forward for Students:
The Affordability Initiative

You can help UBC students thrive, not just survive

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 must work multiple jobs and often skip meals just to afford to buy textbooks or pay rent. Students shouldn’t have to choose between their education and their wellbeing.

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, 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 an operational fund that will support need-based student awards and affordability programs and services, providing students with immediate support.

The time for action is now—you can make a difference today in the student affordability crisis. Make a gift before December 31, 2022 and we’ll match it*, doubling your impact.

*new gifts up to $50K per donor and totalling $2 million

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