Skip to main content

Form 1098-T FAQs

About the Form 1098-T

Information on the Form 1098-T

What is the Form 1098-T?

The Form 1098-T is used by eligible educational institutions to report information about their students to the IRS as required by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Eligible educational institutions are required to submit the student's name, address, taxpayer's identification number (TIN), enrollment status, amounts paid pertaining to qualified tuition and related expenses billed within the year, and scholarships and/or grants, taxable or not. A 1098-T form must be provided to each applicable student.

Why did I receive a 1098-T and what am I supposed to do with it?

In January of each year, the IRS Form 1098-T is made available to you if you've paid qualified tuition and other related educational expenses during the previous calendar year. The amount paid will be limited based on the amount of qualified tuition and other related expenses billed within the same year.

This form is informational only and should not be considered as tax opinion or advice. It serves to alert you that you may be eligible for federal income tax education credits. Receipt of Form 1098-T does not indicate eligibility for the tax credit.

To determine the amount of qualified tuition and fees paid, and the amount of scholarships and grants received, you should use your own financial records.

Can I receive my 1098-T form online?

You may obtain your 1098-T electronically through WebAdvisor (you will need your password) by selecting the 1098T Tax Information link under the Business Services heading. The Form 1098-T will be accessible under the 1098 Information tab.

If consent is not submitted online via the steps above, the last consent chosen in a prior year is used to determine if a paper copy of the 1098-T is mailed.

The electronic version is adequate for any reporting requirements.

You will not receive a mailed copy if you consent to the electronic form by the given deadline.

Choosing to withhold your consent means you are selecting the paper format by USPS mail. Please note, TCC will mail 1098T forms around mid-January of each year.

You will not receive a mailed form if you withhold your consent after the posted deadline for the year.

If you did not select a preference on receiving your Form 1098-T, we will send a paper copy through the USPS mail in January.

I did not receive a mailed copy of my Form 1098-T. Can I get another copy mailed to me?

TCC mails the Form 1098-T to students in January.

If you did not receive your 1098-T, you may still access your 1098-T online through the 1098T Tax Information link, under the Business Services heading, in WebAdvisor.

Can I have my form emailed to me?

No. Due to the information provided on the Form 1098-T and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, TCC will not email the form 1098-T. Forms are available online at all times by accessing the 1098T Tax Information link through WebAdvisor.

What if the address on the 1098-T is incorrect?

It is not necessary that the address be correct for your reporting purposes. It is advisable, though, that you contact the Admissions and Registrar Office on your campus to correct or update your information for accurate communication with TCC.

Will I receive a 1098-T form if I'm a Dual Credit student?

You may receive a 1098-T form if you were billed and you paid for eligible courses during the calendar year. Receipt of the form does not guarantee you qualify for a federal income tax education credit. Please consult a tax advisor if you have any additional questions on the eligible credit for tuition paid.

Why didn't I receive a 1098-T even though I made a tuition payment during the year?

The amount reported in Box 1 (payments received) is limited based on the amount of qualified tuition and related expenses you were billed within the same year. If you did not register for any courses during the year, you will not have any qualified payments to report. Please consult a tax advisor when determining your eligibility for the tax credit.

Am I required to give my social security number to the school?

Due to IRS regulations, you must furnish the school a Tax Identification Number (TIN) for 1098-T purposes. The most common Tax Identification Number is the social security number or the individual tax identification number (ITIN).

Visit the TIN website for more information.

How do I update my TIN with the school?

You can update your TIN by visiting your campus Admissions and Registrar Office and presenting proof of your TIN and a picture ID. Learn how to make a record change request.

What amounts appear in Box 1 "Payments Received"?

Box 1 will include any payments made during the calendar year with reductions for any refunds or credits issued. Box 1 also includes payments associated with student loans, flight hours used, third party sponsors, financial aid awards, VA33/Post 911, and other miscellaneous school payments.

However, this amount is limited based on the amount of qualified tuition and related expenses billed within the same calendar year.

Why is there an amount in Box 1 for my 2018 1098-T and in Box 2 for prior years?

Due to new IRS regulations, TCC will now report tuition based on when payments were received (Box 1) instead of when the tuition was billed (Box 2). Please be advised of the new reporting method as you prepare your 2018 taxes. If necessary, please consult your tax advisor and your own financial records when determining your eligibility for the tax credit.

Why does it appear that there is missing information for one or more semesters I attended during the year reported?

Box 1 (payments received) is limited based on the amount of qualified tuition and related expenses you were billed within the same year. Therefore, your personal financial records may not reflect the same paid amount. This often happens when a student registers for a term during one calendar year and pays within the subsequent year. For example, when a student registers early for the Spring semester during the Fall semester.

Why is Box 3 checked on my 2018 1098-T?

Box 3 is checked because TCC is changing reporting methods for 2018. Qualified tuition and related expenses will be reported based on the amount paid instead of the amount billed, as reported in prior years.

Why is Box 4 "Adjustments made for a prior year" blank when I dropped courses reported on my prior year's 1098-T in Box 2?

Due to the new reporting method for 2018, Box 4 will be blank for the 2018 1098-T. If necessary, please consult your tax advisor and your own financial records when determining your eligibility for the tax credit.

What amounts appear in Box 5 "Scholarships or grants"?

Box 5 will include all funds applied to tuition that were not paid by you, such as financial aid grants, scholarships, third party sponsor billing, or VA33/Post 911 funds.

What amounts appear in Box 6 "Adjustments to scholarships or grants for a prior year"?

This box shows the amount of any scholarship or grant reductions in the current calendar year for aid that was credited in a previous calendar year.

Why is Box 7 checked?

Box 7 will be checked if the amount reported in Box 1 included any payment for courses that will not begin until January through March of the following year.

Why is there no check mark in Box 8 "At least part-time"?

This box is checked if you were half-time or more for at least one term beginning during the year.

Why are Community and Industry Education or College for Kids paid amounts not reported on my Form 1098-T?

Due to IRS guidelines, TCC does not include payments made for continuing education courses on the Form 1098-T.

Can I speak to someone directly about my 1098-T form?

TCC maintains a 1098-T hotline (817-515-1098) which you may call for assistance.

Please be advised, TCC can only speak to you, the student, about any financial information on your account due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Updated January 18, 2019