RC360: Saskatchewan Graduate Retention Program

Eligible graduates living in Saskatchewan can lower their provincial income tax payable with the Saskatchewan graduate retention program. If eligible, you can claim up to $20,000 in rebates over a seven-year period.

To qualify, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You were a resident of Saskatchewan on December 31, 2018
  • You graduated from an approved post-secondary program* and apply within seven years of finishing school (this means if graduated in 2012 you have until April 30, 2019 to apply)
  • You applied for and obtained a Graduate Retention Program (GRP) Certificate from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education

If your rebate amount is more than the taxes you owe, you can carry forward any unused amounts up to 10 years. Refer to your notice of assessment (NOA) for the Saskatchewan graduate tuition tax credit amount that you can claim this year.

Note: Most post-secondary schools in Saskatchewan apply for the GRP for you. If yours doesn’t, you’ll need to submit a copy of your certificate, diploma, or degree along with your application to the Ministry of Advanced Education. If you studied outside of Saskatchewan but you live within the province, you’ll also need to apply directly to the Ministry.

What’s considered an approved program?

According to the government of Saskatchewan, an approved program is one that requires at least six months of full-time study at an eligible school, results in a certificate, diploma, undergrad degree, or provides a journeypersons certification.

A list of eligible schools can be found on the CanLearn website. These schools have been recognized by the Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, or for Canada-Saskatchewan student loans.

How much is my rebate?

Your rebate amount is based on your program and the tuition you paid. You can find your tuition amounts on the T2202A slips issued to you by your school.

Program 

Tuition Rebate Maximum

 1 year Certificate, Diploma, or Journeyperson 

$3,000

  2 or 3 year Certificate or Diploma 

  $6,400

3 year Undergraduate Degree  

  $15,000

4 year Undergraduate Degree  

  $20,000

 

Your rebate amounts are paid out to you over seven years, as long as you file your taxes in Saskatchewan.  You’ll receive 10 per cent of your maximum rebate in the first four years and 20 per cent of your maximum rebate in the final three tax years.

If your rebate amount is more than the taxes you owe, you can carry forward any unused amounts up to 10 years after you graduate. Refer to your notice of assessment (NOA) for the Saskatchewan graduate tuition tax credit amount that you can claim this year.

I forgot to claim my rebate in a previous year

If you received a Graduate Retention Program Eligibility Certificate for a year from 2009 to 2017 and didn’t claim the rebate in the tax year shown on the certificate, you’ll need to send an adjustment request to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA will determine if you’re eligible to receive the rebate for each of the years you filed a Saskatchewan return.

Where do I claim this?

Follow these steps in H&R Block’s 2018 tax software:

Before you begin, make sure you tell us that you lived in Saskatchewan on December 31, 2018.

  1. On the PREPARE tab, click the IN THIS SECTION icon.

  2. In the Unused tuition amounts and student loans box, click the Add This Topic button.

  3. Click the STUDENTS icon. You’ll find yourself here: 
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  4. Under the CREDIT AMOUNTS heading, select the checkbox labelled Saskatchewan graduate retention program (RC360), then click Continue.

  5. When you arrive at the Saskatchewan graduate retention program page, enter your information into the tax software.

Note: You can also find the Saskatchewan graduate retention program (RC360) page under the OTHER icon of the PREPARE tab.

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