Employee Tuition Waiver

Employees may be eligible for a tuition waiver for credit courses (check the appropriate employee group policy).

  1. Download and fill out the tuition waiver form and gather all appropriate signatures.
  2. Scan and email the form to student_accounts@sfu.ca for processing. The employee must retain the original.
  3. Please make sure you submit the form no later than the tuition fee deadline for the term (second week of classes) and no earlier than week 6 of the previous semester.

Student (non-tuition) fees are not covered by this waiver and must be paid for separately by the tuition due date. For a breakdown of your transactions:

  1. Log in to goSFU
  2. click on the Student Centre tile
  3. Under Finances section, click on Account Inquiry
  4. Click Activity tab
  5. Select term then click Go, then View All

Employee tuition waivers are posted to student accounts by the end of week 5 of the term. If your tuition changes after week 5, you must inform Student Accounts so we can update your waiver amount accordingly.

Late submissions will be subject to a 2% per month interest charge on the unpaid tuition/fee amount.

Update: Programs offered at the Centre for Digital Media no longer qualify for Tuition Waiver.

Taxes and tuition waivers for employees and their families

The tuition waiver for a family member is a taxable benefit to the family member (Federal Court of Appeal - 2007). A T4A slip (www.sfu.ca/students/fees/T4A.html) for the amount of taxable benefit is issued to the student family member at the end of the year and can be obtained via the student account (log in via goSFU). The student will also need to print the T2202 which includes the student fees (recreation, student services, labs, etc.).

If the tuition waiver is used by the employee for their own tuition*, then there is no taxable amount and the benefit will not appear on any tax form. The student fees (recreation, student services, labs, etc.) will be recorded on the employee's T2202 (log in via goSFU).

* Canada Revenue Agency Guidelines state: when tuition waiver eligible courses are taken by an Employee to maintain or upgrade employment related skills and are mainly for the University's benefit, there is no taxable benefit whether or not the training leads to a degree, diploma or certificate.

Employee Tuition Waiver Form

Last updated: January 2022

Eligibility or Entitlement

Please speak with Pensions and Benefits regarding inquiries on eligibility and entitlement.