Tax Information - T2202A
What is a T2202A?
A T2202A is a tax receipt that is issued to students reporting the total tuition paid in the previous calendar year. The form shows the amount of tuition that can be reported for income ax purposes, as well as the number of months eligible for the education deduction. Find more information in the Revenue Canada Student and Income Tax Guide [PDF].
Who will get a T2202A form?
T2202A is the Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts Certificate, which is used for reporting to the Canada Revenue Agency for income tax purposes. This form is issued to students who meet all of the following conditions:
- You were enrolled during the calendar year in a qualifying education program or a specified education program;
- You paid more than $100 in tuition fees;
- You were 16 years of age or older before the end of the year.
How do I access my T2202A?
T2202As for the calendar year 2003 and forward are available for viewing and download through myBCIT. T2202As for the previous year are available starting the last day of February of the current year.
- Log in to myBCIT
- Click on Student Self Services
- Click on T2202A Tax Credit Form
- Choose the tax year and the viewing option
Please note: T2202As are only available to you on your myBCIT account.
What does 'Duplicate' or 'Amended' mean on my T2202A?
'Duplicate will show on your T2202A if you view the printable version for a second time.
'Amended' will show on your T2202A if any information on the tax receipt has been changed from the receipt originally issued. These changes would have been made by the BCIT Finance or Student Records departments. Both 'duplicate' and 'amended' copies are valid tax receipts.
Why is my T2202A showing less than what I paid?
There are a few possible reasons:
- Some courses and programs are considered pre-entry level (rather than post-secondary level) by the Canada Revenue Agency and as a result are not eligible to claim on the T2202A.
- Some fees are considered ancillary and are not eligible to claim per the Canada Revenue Agency. Ancillary fees include pre-entry test fees, capital Levy, BCIT ID Card, health plan, student association fee, student activity fee, and public transportation (U-Pass BC - please refer to the Public Transit Amount on the Canada Revenue Agency Site).
- Tuition fees are calculated based on the tax year and not the school year. Tuition fees for courses spanning one calendar year to the next are divided on both T2202A forms for both tax years.
I paid tuition this year but will not attend until next year. Why is my T2202A showing zero?
T2202A is associated to when you attend courses in a calendar year (January to December) and not when you pay your tuition. For example, if your pay your tuition in 2015 but attend in 2016, you will receive a 2016 T2202A once the 2016 calendar year is done. It will be available on your myBCIT account.
If I add the tuition for my BCIT course together with that of another college course, I would meet the $100.00 minimum. Why won't I get a T2202A?
Students may not combine receipts from institutions to meet the minimum eligible fees as per the Income Tax Act.
What is a full-time and part-time education amount?
You can claim a full-time education amount if you were enrolled in a qualifying education program which:
- lasts at least three consecutive weeks, and
- requires a minimum of 10 hours of instruction or work each week. Instruction or work includes lectures, practical training and laboratory work. It also includes research time spent on a post-graduate thesis.
You can claim a part-time education amount if you were enrolled in a specific educational program which:
- lasts at least three consecutive weeks, and
- requires a minimum of 12 hours of instruction or work each month on courses in the program.
As per Canada Revenue Agency Guidelines, a student cannot claim more than one education amount per month. A student who is enrolled in a full-time program and part-time course(s) during the same months will only get credits for the full-time months.
I am in a co-op term. Why are tuition amounts missing from my T2202A?
As per the Revenue Canada Student and Income Tax Guide [PDF], if you are a co-operative student who attends an educational institution for an academic period and then you work for a similar period in a business or industry that relates to your academic studies, you are considered a full-time student only during the months that you attend the educational institution.
What is the difference between T2202A and T4A?
T2202A is an official tax receipt. It is issued to all students who paid tuition for qualifying courses in the previous calendar year. T2202A shows the amount of tuition that can be deducted for income tax purposes, as well as the number of months eligible for the education deduction. For more information, please see the Revenue Canada Student and Income Tax Guide [PDF].
T4A is an official document for tax purposes that must be reported on your tax return. It is issued to students who have received scholarships, bursaries, awards, and prizes from BCIT in the previous calendar year.
Who can I contact regarding T2202A inquires?
For questions regarding course duration or registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding tuition amounts, please email T2202A@bcit.ca.
Please include your Student ID number in all correspondence.