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Graduate Retention Program

Provided by: Government of Saskatchewan - Advanced Education

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Service Description

Eligible students may receive a tax credit of up to $20,000 on their income tax.

  • When you graduate from most Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions, you don’t have to apply for the Graduate Retention Program; your application is handled automatically on your behalf. If you are a resident but attended a post-secondary institution elsewhere, you may be eligible and should apply.
  • Visit the website for further details on the program and information on filing your Saskatchewan tax return when claiming the Graduate Retention Program.


You're eligible if you:
-Graduated from an approved post-secondary program and applied within seven years of graduation (Graduates from 2015 and earlier are no longer eligible to apply for the Graduate Retention Program);
- Already live in Saskatchewan; or
- Are moving to Saskatchewan.

An approved program must:
-Be equivalent to at least six months of full-time study at an eligible institution;
Result in certificate, diploma, or undergraduate degree; or
-Provide journeyperson certification.

Master and PhD degrees are not eligible for the GRP. Your undergraduate program may qualify for the GRP if it meets the above requirements.

Visit Government of Canada's website for a list of designated educational institutions

Application Process

Most Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions apply for GRP on your behalf. After graduation, you will receive an e-mail inviting you to visit the Government of Saskatchewan Advanced Education Portal in order to download your GRP certificate. To retrieve the certificate, you will visit the portal, logon with your password (or alternately, create an account in order to obtain a password), and then it may be downloaded. The certificate is needed in order to claim your income tax benefit.

If your post-secondary school doesn't apply on your behalf, you must submit an application, along with a copy of your certificate, diploma, or degree.

There are three categories of post-secondary institutions that qualify for the GRP certificate. Each application process is different.

Documents Required

A copy of your certificate, diploma or degree – or for international study, a copy of your Canadian educational credential assessment confirming the program of study – should be submitted with your completed application.

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Regina SK  S4P 0M3

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Regina SK  S4P 0M3

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