Filing Your Return -> Students -> Income from scholarships and awards
Line 130 Income From Scholarships and Awards
Income Tax Act s. 56(1)(n), 56(3)
For all provinces and territories except Quebec, starting with the 2006 taxation year, scholarship, bursary and fellowship income is fully exempt from tax when the income is received in connection with a program for which the student will get an education amount tax credit. The income is not reported on the tax return.
If you are not eligible to claim the education amount, then only the first $500 of awards is tax free. Amounts received in excess of $500 are reported on line 130 of your tax return. Taxable amounts would be reported in the Other Income line in the Canadian Income Tax Calculator.
When you receive a scholarship, bursary, or tuition for post-secondary education from the employer of a family member, you will receive a T4A slip from the employer. Prior to 2007, this income was taxable to the employee instead of to the employee's family member who received the income. When scholarships, bursaries, or tuition are provided for elementary or secondary school, the fair market value (FMV) of these benefits are still a taxable benefit to the employee.
Quebec students should enter the scholarship, bursary or other financial assistance amount from box O of the RL-1 slip on Line 154 of the Quebec personal income tax return. These amounts will be identified with the code RB in the "Code (case O)" box of the RL-1 slip. Note that you can claim a deduction of the same amount on line 295. See Scholarships and Bursaries on the Revenu Quebec website topic Line 154 - Other Income. In the Quebec Income Tax Calculator, the scholarship/bursary amount would be entered in Other Income - QC and again in Other Deductions - QC. For amounts that are taxable federally, the amount would also be entered in Other Income - Federal.
Federal 2010 Budget Changes
Budget measures implemented:
These measures apply to the 2010 and subsequent taxation years.
See also Tax Information for Students.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) resources:
Revised: April 28, 2018
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