A question that we are often asked by co-op students is: “Why do I have to pay UVSS fees when I’m not on campus or even in Victoria?” The short answer is British Columbia law.

Under section 27.1 of the University Act, the UVic Board of Governors is obligated to collect student society fees from all students and to remit those fees to the student society provided that they are approved by a majority of students in a referendum. This law applies to all universities in BC.

Co-op and distance students are currently assessed part-time student society fees to the amount of $35.80 per semester in addition to health and dental fees. This modest fee grants you access to many services that you can access remotely such as:

  • Health and Dental Plan
  • Ombudsperson
  • UVSS bursaries
  • Democratic participation in students’ society elections

Besides these services, the most visible way we provide value for your student fees while you are away on your work term is by mailing you a care package.

Here are the basics for what you need to do to get your co-op care package:

  • Email comm3@uvic.ca and request a package.
  • You must be a dues paying member of the UVSS during the term in which the co-op care package is requested (undergraduates only).
  • We require a name, V number, and address for each package.
  • Special orders are at our discretion.
  • Names are collected until the last date of each calendar month at which time they are submitted for verification to the Info Booth.
  • All verified students will have their packages shipped out on the 15th of the following month (or nearest working date).
  • Returned packages may be resent at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

If you have any further questions about care packages for co-op students, please email our Member Outreach & Communications Officer at comm3@uvic.ca.