Tuition Tax Credit. What is T2202?

Understanding Form T2202: Tax Credit for Truck Driver Training in Manitoba

Form T2202, also known as the Tuition and Enrolment Certificate, is a tax document issued to students who have paid tuition fees for qualifying educational programs at a designated educational institution in Canada. This form is crucial in helping students and their families manage the cost of education by allowing them to claim tuition tax credits on their personal income tax returns.

What is Form T2202?

Form T2202 is issued by educational institutions to certify the amount of eligible tuition fees paid by a student for a given tax year. It also indicates the number of months the student was enrolled in part-time or full-time studies. This form is essential for claiming the tuition tax credit, which can significantly reduce the amount of income tax a student or their supporting family members owe.

How Does Form T2202 Work?

  1. Eligibility for Issuance: To receive Form T2202, students must be enrolled in a qualifying educational program at a designated institution. This includes most post-secondary institutions, as well as certain other educational organizations that meet specific criteria set by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
  2. Information on the Form: The form includes key details such as the student’s name, the institution’s name, the eligible tuition amount paid, and the duration of the program. This information is crucial for accurately calculating the tuition tax credit.
  3. Claiming the Tuition Tax Credit:
    • Calculating the Credit: The tuition tax credit is calculated based on the total eligible tuition fees paid as indicated on Form T2202. Each dollar of eligible tuition translates into a tax credit at the lowest federal tax rate, which can then be applied to reduce the amount of taxes owed.
    • Transferring Credits: If a student does not need the entire credit to reduce their taxes to zero, they can transfer the unused portion to a spouse, parent, or grandparent. There are specific limits and conditions for such transfers.
    • Carrying Forward Credits: If the student does not use all of the tuition tax credits in the year they are earned and chooses not to transfer them, they can carry forward the unused credits to future years.

Applying Form T2202 to Truck Driver Training

For students who have paid for their truck driver training at a designated truck driving school, Form T2202 can help offset the cost of their education through tax savings. Here’s how it works:

  1. Enrollment in a Qualifying Program: The truck driver training program must be offered by a designated educational institution that is recognized by the CRA for issuing Form T2202.
  2. Tuition Fees: The amount paid for the training program must meet the minimum tuition fee requirement set by the CRA. As of the current regulations, the fees must be more than $100 to qualify for the tax credit.
  3. Issuance of Form T2202: At the end of the tax year, the truck driving school will issue Form T2202 to students who have paid eligible tuition fees. This form will detail the amount of tuition paid and the period of enrollment.
  4. Filing Taxes: Students (or their supporting family members) can then use the information from Form T2202 to claim the tuition tax credit on their income tax return. This can lead to a reduction in the amount of tax owed or potentially a refund.
  5. Documentation: It’s important to keep a copy of Form T2202 and all related documentation in case the CRA requires verification during an audit.

Practical Example in Manitoba

Suppose Sarah enrolls in a truck driver training program at a designated school in Manitoba and pays $5,000 in tuition fees. At the end of the year, the school issues Sarah a Form T2202 certifying her tuition payment. When Sarah files her taxes, she includes the information from Form T2202, resulting in a tax credit that reduces her taxable income.

If Sarah’s federal tax rate is 15%, she could potentially reduce her taxes by $750 ($5,000 x 15%). If Sarah does not need the full credit this year, she can carry forward the unused portion to future years or transfer it to a family member, such as her spouse.


Form T2202 is a valuable tool for students pursuing truck driver training, as it helps mitigate the cost of education through tax credits. By understanding how to utilize this form effectively, students can make their education more affordable and reduce their financial burden. Always consult with a tax professional or the CRA for specific advice related to individual tax situations.