Tax Information

As an SFU Continuing Studies student, you may be able to claim the non-refundable tuition tax credit (in dollars) and either the full-time or part-time education amount (in months) if any of the courses or programs you took meet the educational criteria set by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). It is your responsibility to ensure you qualify to claim this tax credit.

Enrollment Services staff cannot answer tax-related questions. The information provided below is all the tax-related information that we can provide. If you have any other questions about tuition credit and/or education credit, please contact the Canada Revenue Agency directly.

Tuition, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate

Simon Fraser University is a designated education institution.

To claim your tuition, education and textbook amounts you will need to use either the Form T2202A* (Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts Certificate), or the official tax receipt issued by SFU Continuing Studies.

*Up to and including the 2013 tax year, SFU Continuing Studies issued the T2202(e) Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate to all eligible students, which specified the education amount only and did not include the tuition amount. This form was used in conjunction with the tax receipt to claim tuition, education and textbook amounts.

Tuition Amount

To claim the tuition amount only, use the official tax receipt that you received by email at the time of registration. To qualify, the eligible tuition fees you paid must be more than $100 in that calendar year.

Beginning in the 2014 tax year, tuition amounts are included on the T2202A tax form for those who are eligible (enrolled in a certificate or diploma program either as a full-time or part-time student). Tuition fees are based on the calendar year the program courses were taken and not the year the fees were paid.

Education Amount

To claim the education amount, and receive the T2202 tax form, you must be enrolled in a certificate or diploma program either as a full-time or part-time student. You will not receive a T2202 tax form for individual courses if you are not enrolled in the entire program. The start date for your eligibility begins on the day on which you are accepted into a qualifying program.  

To be considered a full-time student you need to be enrolled in a qualifying educational program—a program that lasts at least three consecutive weeks and requires a minimum of 10 hours of instruction or work in the program each week (not including study time).

To be considered a part-time student you need to be enrolled in a specified educational program—a program that lasts at least three consecutive weeks and requires that each student spend not less than 12 hours of instruction in (a calendar) month on courses in the program.

Textbook Amount

You can claim this amount only if you are entitled to claim the education amount (see above).

How can I get another T2202* tax form sent to me?

You can request a duplicate copy of your T2202 tax form by filling out a T2202 Duplicate Request Form. Please be sure to include your full name and current mailing address. Once we have your form, we will mail a duplicate T2202 tax form to you at no charge.

*Up to and including the 2013 tax year, SFU Continuing Studies issued the T2202(e) Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate to all eligible students, which specified the education amount only and did not include the tuition amount. This form was used in conjunction with the tax receipt to claim tuition, education and textbook amounts.

Why aren't all the fees I paid this year showing up on the T2202 tax form?

Eligible tuition fees are based on the calendar year for which the fees are assessed, not the date on which the fees are paid. If tuition fees paid extend beyond the calendar year, they are pro-rated on the T2202 tax form. For example, if a program has an October 1 start date and a March 31 end date, only the tuition fee representing the October through December period will be reflected in the current year tax certificate. The remaining amount, representing January through March, will be reflected on the following year’s T2202 tax form.

Can SFU Continuing Studies give the tax certificate information to my parents/accountant/income tax preparer?

We will disclose your tax information to another individual only if we receive written/faxed authorization from you authorizing the release of your tax information to that individual. Under no circumstances will any information about our students be released to another individual without first receiving this authorization.

I am an international student. Why do I need a tax certificate?

SFU Continuing Studies is required to report this information to all students to enable them to complete their Canadian income tax returns.

Where can I get more information on the tax certificate?

Canada Revenue Agency

Students and Income Tax

International Students in Canada