School Associates

Help yourself or someone else with SFU's tuition fee credits.

School associates are an important part of our team and we greatly appreciate the work you do.

While many school assocaites enjoy the role and learn a lot from engaging with our student teachers, we're also pleased to offer our schools associates, in-school coordinators and school administrators up to four tuition fee credits (TFCs) each semester as thanks for your generosity, time, and effort.  

TFCs can be applied to any Undergraduate or Graduate credit course at Simon Fraser University. 

For more information about TFCs, please contact: 

educcert@sfu.ca

Receiving Tuition Fee Credits

Tuition fee credits are issued to school associates, in-school coordinators, and school administrators at the end of the semester in which the school associate hosted the student teacher. Upon issue, you will be sent a TFC notification via email.

School associates, in-school coordinators, and school administrators receive tuition fee credits as follows:

EDUC 401/402 Experiences

  • School associates: Receive four TFCs. If more than one school associate is involved in the mentorship of a student teacher, the TFCs will be divided amongst the teachers involved.
  • In-school coordinators: Receive two TFCs.
  • School administrators: Receive four TFCs.

EDUC 405/406 Practicum:

  • School associates: Receive four TFCs. If more than one school associate is involved in the mentorship of a student teacher, the TFCs will be divided amongst the teachers involved.
  • School administrators: Receive four TFCs.

Redeeming Tuition Fee Credits

Tuition fee credits can be redeemed by completing and submitting the online form. This form is to be used if you are using the TFCs for yourself. If you wish to transfer the TFCs to someone else, please see the 'transferring tuition fee credits' section below.

School associates, in-school coordinators, and administrators may redeem up to 10 credits per semester with a lifetime maximum of 30 credits.

If you are the recpient of transferred TFCs, you may redeem up to four credits per semester with a lifetime maximum of 12 credits. 

TFCs are posted to student accounts after the 3rd week of class. You will receive a confirmation email usually within FIVE working days after submitting your request. Outstanding account balances not covered by the value of the redeemed credits are subject to a late fee penalty of 2% per month.

Transferring Tuition Fee Credits

When a transfer occurs, the original TFC is cancelled and a new one is issued in the recipient's name with a new TFC number. On the transfer form, you will have the option of having the credits applied to the current semester or transferred to you and saved under your name in our database. These credits may be redeemed at a later date.

Transfer policy 

Effective October 19, 2015, tuition fee credits may be transferred to: 

Spouse - A person to whom the employee is legally married and lives with, or a person who, although not legally married to, has co-habited with the employee for at least twelve months in a marriage-like relationship, and is known in the community as the employee's spouse or partner. The spouse may be a person of the same or opposite gender.

Child - A child or stepchild of the employee who is under twenty-five years of age on the first day of classes of the semester. The benefit will expire at the end of the current academic semester should the child become twenty-five years of age. The child must be mainly dependent upon the employee for financial support.

Colleague (currently working at your school) - For this purpose, colleagues include enrolling or non-enrolling teachers on temporary or continuing contracts or administrators. We hope that recipients of transferred credits will consider being school associates in the future.

Promising educator - TFCs may also be gifted to a promising educator who meets the following criteria:

a) is a certified teacher without a continuing contract working in any school district, such as a TTOC 

b) is an SFU student, in any Faculty, who is an aspiring teacher.

Those gifting TFCs to a promising educator are providing encouragement to current colleagues not on continuing contracts or future educators who demonstrate a strong commitment to being or becoming outstanding teachers.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How do I redeem my TFCs?

  • If you wish to use the TFCs for yourself, please complete the online form.
  • If the credits are being transferred to you and you wish to use them, please complete the transfer form
  • If the credits are being transferred to you but you don't want to use them right away, please complete the online form.

Q: How many TFCs can I redeem?

  • School associates, in-school coordinators and administrators can redeem up to 10 credits per semester with a lifetime limit of 30 credits. 
  • Recipients of transferred credits may redeem up to four credits per semester with a lifetime limit of 12 credits.

Q: When will the TFCs be applied to my account?

  • After you have submitted the relevant form, you will receive an email confirmation once your request has been processed. During periods of high volume, this may take up to one week. To ensure successful delivery of this email, we recommend that you use your SFU or school district email. The credits will be applied to your student account by the 3rd week of each semester. If you need to pay your tuition before then, we recommend that you deduct the amount you will be receiving in TFCs and pay the remaining balance. 

Q: When do TFCs expire? 

  • TFCs expire after two years from when they are first issues. Expiration cannot be extended beyond this period. 

Policies and Regulations

  • Each TFC is worth the monetary value of one undergraduate credit - approximately $200
  • TFCs can be applied to base tuition amounts of any credit course - graduate or undergraduate.
  • Continuing Studies courses are non-credit and therefore ineligible. The University reserves the right to exclude any special program or course from the waiver policy.
  • TFCs become valid the semester after they are issued.
  • Tuition fee credits are valid for two years from the date they are first issued.
  • To redeem TFCs, the recipient must be registered in a credit course.
  • TFCs cannot be applied towards previous balances owing.
  • Credits may not be sold.
  • If the course is dropped, the TFCs cannot be returned.
  • Avoid late penalties by submitting requests to redeem credits by the end of the 2nd week of the semester. 
Simon Fraser University reserves the right to change or enforce policies related to the issuing, redemption and/or transfer of School Associate Tuition Fee Credits.