Taxes

Access your student tax forms on the Student Service Centre.

Overview

In Canada, if you earn income tax from working, you must file your taxes for the previous calendar year by April 30. 

The tax forms listed on this page are issued by UBC in February. At that time, you can download your tax forms from your Student Service Centre (SSC).

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Tax years and academic years

Tax forms are issued for the previous tax year, which spans from January to December. As the academic year runs from September to August, your tax form will include amounts from terms spanning two academic years.

For example, in 2019, you will receive tax forms for the 2018 tax year.

2018 tax year includes:

  • 2017 Winter Term 2 (2018 January - April)
  • 2018 Summer Term 1 (2018 May - June)
  • 2018 Summer Term 2 (2018 July - August)
  • 2018 Winter Term 1 (2018 September - December)

UBC issues the following tax forms on the Student Service Centre (SSC) in late-February.

T2202 tax form

The T2202 tax certificate is issued to students registered in eligible courses and programs used for filing income taxes. The certificate contains the amount of eligible tuition and/or fees paid for the tax year and the number of months a student was registered (full-time or part-time). Previous to the 2019 tax year this form was known as the T2202A.

Social Insurance Number (SIN) on your T2202

Your tax certificate will include the Social Insurance Number UBC has on file for you. Provide your SIN to be included on your T2202 through the Student Service Centre (SSC) in "SIN/ITN/PENOUAC/IB Change" under Personal Info.

If you need to change or update your SIN, please visit the Advising Centre in Brock Hall (Vancouver) or the Student Services, University Centre 206Z (Okanagan) with your SIN card to have it updated.

Non-residents of Canada are not required to provide a SIN unless you have earned income while in Canada.

T2202 amendments

If any information on your tax certificate has been changed after originally being issued, an amendment will be noted. These changes will be made by your faculty or Enrolment Services and updated at the end of each month.

T2202A tax form

Starting in 2019, the T2202A was replaced by the T2202. To access the T2202A form from 2018 or earlier, log into your Student Service Centre (SSC) and select "T2202A Tax Form (2018 or prior)" under Finances.

A tax receipt issued to students for tuition and fees paid toward courses eligible for income tax reporting purposes in the previous tax year. The number of months enrolled at UBC in full time or part-time studies are also included on the tax receipt.

Consult with the CRA Income Tax folio on Qualifying Student and Education Tax Credit for further guidance on how to use T2202A for your tax return.  You may also choose to consult with a tax professional if necessary.  See free resources below.

T4A tax form

If you have received a bursary, scholarship, award, Teacher Certificate, Passport to Education or Faculty/Staff Tuition Fee Waiver as a dependant, then you will be issued a T4A. The amount on your T4A shows the total funding you received in the tax year, which may not equal the total you received for the academic year. 

Downloading your T4A Online

If you’d like to download your document online, CRA requires you to provide your consent by January 29:

  1. Log into your Student Service Centre (SSC).
  2. Select “T4A Tax Form” under Finances.
  3. Click “Yes, I consent to downloading my T4A electronically”.

The electronic forms will be available to you by the end of February. If you don’t complete the steps above by the deadline, you will not be able to view, download, or print your T4A form online. You will instead receive a paper copy of your slip through mail, delivered to the address noted on your SSC account.

Receiving your T4A by Mail

If you do not wish to provide consent, you can choose to receive your T4A slip by mail. To do so, you must ensure that your address in your Student Service Centre (SSC) is up to date by the end of January in order to receive your paper copy.

Will I have to pay tax on my funding?

In most cases, getting a T4A form does not mean that you'll have to pay tax on the funding you received. While UBC is required to report awards or funding to the Canada Revenue Agency and issue a T4A form, students are not required to report T4A amounts as long they are also claiming an educational amount, as in the T2202A. 

You will be able to find T4A forms back to 2009 in the SSC. 

If you were employed by UBC on a co-op work term as a TA or RA, or any other position (such as work-learn), you'll receive a T4 tax form on the UBC HR's self-serve website.

1098-T tax form

If you are filing taxes in the U.S. you may be asked to produce the Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement, used for qualified tuition and related expenses paid during the tax year. UBC is an eligible educational institution because of participation in the US Direct Loan Program.

UBC does not issue the Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement. As a Canadian institution, UBC only provides Canadian federal (T2202A) tax receipts.

Claiming tuition and related expenses without a 1098-T

For the most up to date information on claiming tuition and related expenses without a 1098-T go to Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education.

Get help filing taxes

Additional resources

If you have questions

If you're an undergraduate student, please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor directly. To find your advisor’s contact information, log into your Student Services Centre (SSC) and select “UBC Contacts” under Personal Info.  

Graduate, postgraduate, and all other students can contact an Enrolment Services Advisor by calling 604 822 9836 or submit your question through the online form.