Completing Schedule 11

Before you start

You must complete and file Schedule 11 with your Income Tax and Benefit Return, even if someone else paid your fees.  

If you are transferring an amount to a designated individual, only transfer the amount to the extent this person can use.  This way, you can carry forward as much as possible to use in a future year.

Fill out Schedule 11 to report your eligible tuition amount for 2020, and any unused tuition, education and textbook amount carried forward from years prior that are shown on your notice of assessment or notice of reassessment for the previous year.  

Depending on your province or territory of residence, you may have to fill out provincial or territorial Schedule (S11) to calculate your provincial or territorial transfer or carry forward amounts. For more information, go to Provincial and territorial tax and credits for individuals.

Even if you do not have to pay tax, file your return and a filled out Schedule 11 so the CRA can update its records with your unused amounts available to carry forward to other years.

If you are filing a paper return, attach your completed  Schedule 11, but do not send your other documents for the amount claimed on Schedule 11.

If you are filing electronically, keep all of your documents in case the CRA asks to see them later. For more information, go to E-services for individuals.  

How to complete Schedule 11

Line 1 – Unused federal tuition, education and textbook amounts

Remember to enter on line 1 of this schedule any unused amounts from previous years that are shown on your notice of assessment or notice of reassessment from last year.

If you have eligible tuition fees, education, and textbook amounts from a previous year that you forgot to claim, see How to change your return, so that we may update our records.

Line 2 (field 32000) – Eligible tuition fees

Complete line 2 of Schedule 11 to show the amount of eligible tuition fees paid as shown on your tax certificate.

Line 16 – Total tuition, education, and textbook amounts

Enter the amount from line 16 on line 32300 of your Income Tax and Benefit Return.

Lines 17 to 24 – Transfer/Carry forward of unused amount

If you have unused current-year amounts and you are transferring an amount to another individual, complete lines 17 to 24.

If you have unused current-year amounts and you are not transferring an amount to another individual, complete lines 17, 18, 19, and 24 only.

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