University of Saskatchewan

Financial Services Division (FSD)

Student Taxation Frequently Asked Questions

Did you know that...

...you are not required to attach a paper copy of the T2202A form to your tax return? A printed T2202A form is required when transferring amounts to someone else as permitted by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and/or if you are being audited by CRA. Your tax information will continue to be available to you for 7 years.

Some questions we are asked...

  1. What is PAWS and how can I access it?
  2. What receipts for income tax purposes can I access online?
  3. Some people don't have access to the web. How will they get the form if they need it?
  4. What can I deduct for tax purposes?
  5. Can my parents, siblings, or anyone obtain information that is on my record at the University?
  6. I viewed my printable T2202A tax form a second time and now it says "Duplicate". Can I still use this form for my tax return?
  7. Why does my T2202A tax form say "Amended"? Can I still use this form for my tax return?
  8. Why doesn't the Eligible Tuition Fees in Box A of my T2202A tax form equal the amount of tuition and fees I was assessed?
  9. Are Application Fees included in the tuition amount showing?
  10. Why doesn't my tax form print correctly?
  11. What is the Public Transit Pass Tax Receipt?
  12. Where do I get my Saskatchewan Post-Secondary Graduate Tax Credit Certificate?
  13. I received a scholarship. How do I obtain my T4A scholarship tax slip?

Answers...

  1. What is PAWS and how can I access it?

    PAWS is Personalized Access to Web Services for students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the University community. PAWS is personalized to you and customizable-when you log in you'll find channels that present information and services specific to your role at the University.

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  2. What receipts for income tax purposes can I access online?

    The University delivers the following tax receipts online:

    T2202A Tuition and Education Tax Receipt - This form is used to certify a student's eligibility for tuition and education amounts. Students also use it to show transfers of tuition and education amounts to a designated person.

    Public Transit Tax Receipt - Receipt for the transit fee assessed to undergraduate and graduate students.

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  3. Some people don't have access to the web. How will they get the form if they need it?

    We will accept requests for a printed copy during regular working hours. Please allow TEN business days to process the request.

    If you know someone who is having trouble getting this information on the web, have the person phone:


    966-4595 (Student Accounts)

    Callers will be asked random questions to verify their identity.

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  4. What can I deduct for tax purposes?

    The University cannot provide tax advice. T2202A only reports the tuition paid and the number of months the student is enrolled in a qualifying educational program. It does not provide assurance that the student is eligible for either the tuition credit or the education tax credit. Each student must determine if they are eligible for these tax credits based on their own circumstances. For example, fees that were reimbursed to you or to a parent or spouse on your behalf, or university tuition waivers cannot be claimed unless the reimbursed amount is included in income or qualifies as a scholarship. Only the eligible tuition fees minus the amount received as a tuition reimbursement can be deducted. Reimbursement of tuition may also restrict the student's education tax credit.

    To find out more about credits and your eligibility, you should consult a tax professional or the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). For further details refer to the various resource materials located on CRA's website for students, under the section on common deductions and credits for students: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/sgmnts/stdnts/menu-eng.html.

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  5. Can my parents, siblings, or anyone obtain information that is on my record at the University?

    No, not even your parents can obtain confidential information without your written consent. The University gathers and maintains information used for purposes of admission, registration and other fundamental activities related to being a member of the university community and to attending a public post-secondary institution in the Province of Saskatchewan. The policy regarding the release of information about students is intended to protect the individual student's right to privacy and the confidentiality of his or her record. Access to confidential information at the University is governed by The Local Authority of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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  6. I viewed my printable T2202A tax form a second time and now it says "Duplicate". Can I still use this form for my tax return?

    Yes, even though the tax form has a notation of "Duplicate", it is still a valid tax receipt that can be used to support your tuition and education tax credit claim. Keep in mind that the tax form does not get submitted with a student's tax return but is required when transferring amounts to someone else as permitted by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and/or if you are being audited by CRA.

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  7. Why does my T2202A tax form say "Amended"? Can I still use this form for my tax return?

    The student registration system does not always calculate the number of months correctly. University staff manually correct these forms resulting in an "Amended" status. Even though the tax form has a notation of "Amended", it is still a valid tax receipt that can be used to support your tuition and education tax credit claim. If you filed your tax return based on the original T2202A, you will need to file an amended tax return.

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  8. Why doesn't the Eligible Tuition Fees in Box A of my T2202A tax form equal the amount of tuition and fees I was assessed?

    There are several reasons why the amounts will not be the same:

    • Not all student fees are eligible for a tax credit. Student union fees and health and dental fees are examples of fees that do not qualify under CRA regulations.
    • The amount reported is the lower of the eligible assessed amounts and the amount that you have paid. If you have not paid all of your assessed tuition and fees, the eligible amount will show the lower amount.

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  9. Are application fees included in the tuition amount showing?

    No, application fees are not included in the amount showing on your T2202A as they are usually paid before your student number is assigned and your student account established. As application fees are eligible for a tax credit, you will need to hold on to the receipt or proof of payment which was provided when you paid the fee if you wish to claim the fee. As noted above, CRA requests that you do not attach the T2202A or other receipts to your tax return.

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  10. Why doesn't my tax form print correctly?

    The simplest way to print your T2202A is to select "Printable T2202A Form (PDF)"

    If you select "Printable T2202A Form (HTML)", you may need to adjust the print settings on your internet browser. There are many types of internet browsers (for example, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox, etc). The settings on your browser control how a document prints and different browsers will print the same form in different ways. In Internet Explorer 7.0, which is a common browser, the following instructions will result in the form printing correctly:

    - Select Print Preview by clicking on the drop down arrow beside the printer icon

    - Click on the icon - turn Headers and Footers off

    - Select "Only the Selected Frame"

    - Shrink to Fit

    Please note that even if the form prints out differently from how it looks on the screen, it is still a valid tax receipt that can be used to support your tuition and education tax credit claim and, as noted above, CRA requests that you do not attach a printed T2202A or other receipts to your tax return.

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  11. What is the Public Transit Pass Tax Receipt?

    In 2006, the Government of Canada introduced a non-refundable tax credit to help cover the cost of public transit passes.

    The Saskatoon Transit Fee is eligible for the transit pass tax credit and can be claimed in the appropriate calendar year. Your Account Summary by Term can be used to support your public transit pass tax credit. This form will be available online for 7 years in case you are audited by CRA.

    Beginning September 2013, the transit fee was assessed to graduate students. Below is a list of fees for both undergraduate and graduate students:

    Undergraduate
      • Term 2 fee of $73.51 is for the period January to April 2013
      • Spring and Summer Term 1 of $36.75 is for the period May to June 2013
      • Spring and Summer Term 2 of $36.75 is for the period July to August 2013
      • Term 1 fee of $74.62 is for the period September to December 2013

    Graduate
      • Term 1 fee of $97.44 is for the period September to December 2013

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  12. Where do I get my Saskatchewan Graduate Retention Program Certificate?

    Under the Government of Saskatchewan’s Graduate Retention Program you may be eligible for a refund up to $20,000 of tuition fees you pay.  To make this claim, you require a graduate retention program certificate to be submitted with the amount of tuition paid when filing your Saskatchewan income tax. As well, you would complete CRA’s form RC360.

    The University of Saskatchewan applies for the Saskatchewan Graduate Retention Program certificate on behalf of its graduates if they provide their social insurance number in the appropriate section on their Application to Graduate. Graduates can contact Student Central to confirm whether the U of S has applied on their behalf. Graduates who did not apply for the Graduate Tax Exemption on their Application to Graduate can fill out a separate application form found on the government website. They must also attach a copy of their transcript confirming that they are a graduate from an eligible program of study. Completed forms and transcripts should be mailed to the Post-Secondary Graduate Tax Exemption Program Office at the address indicated at the top of the form.

    More details on the Graduate Retention Program are included on the Government of Saskatchewan’s website.

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  13. I received a scholarship. How do I obtain my T4A scholarship tax slip?

    The University issues T4A slips to students who received University of Saskatchewan scholarships, bursaries, prizes, grants or fellowships. The slip is mailed to the address on record at the end of February each year so please ensure your address is current to prevent delays in receiving your T4A.

    The full amount of scholarships, fellowships or bursaries that are received by you as a student with respect to your enrolment in a program that entitles you to claim the full-time education amount are not taxable and do not have to be reported as income on your tax return. If you only claimed the part-time education tax credit, your scholarship exemption is limited to the sum of the cost of materials related to the program (e.g. books, lab coats, brushes, paints) plus the tuition and other fees paid in respect of the program. If you are not eligible for the education amount, the part of the post-secondary scholarships, fellowships or bursaries that is more than $500 must be reported on your tax return.

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