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 that you do.

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

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

For more information on TFCs, please contact:


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 a student teacher. Upon issue, a TFC notification will be sent 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 among 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.


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

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

Individuals outside of these categories who have been transferred TFCs may redeem up to four credits per semester up to a lifetime maximum of 12 credits. 

TFCs are posted to student accounts after the third 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 cent monthly.


When a transfer occurs, the original TFC is cancelled and a new TFC 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 saved under your name in our database for future use.

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 the employee, has co-habited with them 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 any 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 attain 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 and school administrators. We hope that recipients of transferred credits will consider becoming school associates in the future.

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

a) is a certified teacher working in any school district without a continuing contract, 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.



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, please complete the transfer 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 third week of the 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 two years from when they are first issued. Expiration cannot be extended beyond this period. 


  • Each TFC is worth the monetary value of one undergraduate credit. For the 2020–21 academic year, each credit is valued at $195.88.
  • TFCs can be applied to base tuition amounts of any credit course, graduate or undergraduate.
  • Continuing Studies courses are non-credit and are 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 and remain vaild for two years.
  • To redeem TFCs, the recipient must be registered in a credit course.
  • If a course is dropped, TFCs cannot be returned.
  • TFCs cannot be applied towards previous balances owing.
  • Credits may not be sold.
  • Avoid late penalties by submitting TFC redemption requests by the end of the second 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.