Definitions for education and textbook amount

Allowance

An allowance does not include any scholarship, fellowship, bursary, award, or prize you received, or any benefit you received under the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act, Canada Student Loans Act, or an Act respecting financial assistance for education expenses of the Province of Quebec.

Artists' Project Grant

An artists' project grant is a scholarship, fellowship, bursary or prize used in producing a literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work.

Benefit

A benefit does not include any scholarship, fellowship, bursary, award, or prize you received, or any benefit you received under the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act, Canada Student Loans Act, or an Act respecting financial assistance for education expenses of the Province of Quebec.

Bursary

A bursary is an amount paid or benefit given to students to enable them to pursue their education.

Designated educational institution

This information is used by your educational institution to prepare your tax certificate. Designated educational institutions include:

  • Canadian universities, colleges, and other educational institutions providing courses at a post-secondary school level;
  • Canadian educational institutions certified by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) providing courses that develop or improve skills in an occupation, other than courses designed for university credit;
  • universities outside Canada where the student is enrolled in a course that lasts at least three consecutive weeks and leads to a degree at the bachelor level or higher; and
  • universities, colleges, or other educational institutions in the United States that give courses at the post-secondary school level if the student is living in Canada (near the border) throughout the year and commutes to that institution.
Fellowship

A fellowship is an amount paid or benefit given to persons to enable them to advance their education. The recipient is usually a graduate student and the payer is normally a university, charity, or similar body.

Full-time attendance outside Canada

You are not considered to be in full-time attendance at a university outside of Canada if you are taking courses by correspondence (which includes courses where assignments are submitted electronically).

Grant

A grant does not include any scholarship, fellowship, bursary, award, or prize you received, or any benefit you received under the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act, Canada Student Loans Act, or an Act respecting financial assistance for education expenses of the Province of Quebec.

Post-secondary school level

Post-secondary school level refers to courses that are accepted at a recognized university or college for credit towards a degree, diploma or certificate. Courses such as academic upgrading do not qualify since these courses enable a student to be accepted into a university or college program, but are not credited towards a degree. Courses such as English as a Second Language or French as a Second Language, also do not qualify.

Qualifying educational program

This information is used by your educational institution to prepare your tax certificate. A qualifying educational program is defined in the Income Tax Act as a program that lasts at least three consecutive weeks and requires a minimum of 10 hours of instruction or work in the program each week (not including study time). Instruction or work includes lectures, practical training, and laboratory work. It also includes research time spent on a post-graduate thesis

Reimbursement

A reimbursement does not include any scholarship, fellowship, bursary, award, or prize you received, or any benefit you received under the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act, Canada Student Loans Act, or an Act respecting financial assistance for education expenses of the Province of Quebec.

Scholarship

A scholarship is an amount paid or benefit given to students to enable them to pursue their education.

Specified educational program

This information is used by your educational institution to prepare your tax certificate. A specified educational program is defined in the Income Tax Act as a program that lasts at least 3 consecutive weeks and requires at least 12 hours of instruction each month.

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