IRS Form 1098-T information

The 1098-T Tuition Statement form reports information about students to the IRS as required by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. This form is informational only. It provides the dollar amount of qualifying payments made toward tuition and fees in the current tax year. It also contains information about eligibility for federal income educational tax credits.

How to obtain your 1098-T form

By mail

1098-T forms are prepared for TCC by our vendor, TRA-Vangent. Forms are mailed to your address of record by January 31 of each year. If you have not received your form by February 15, email the college 1098-T coordinator. Be sure to include your full name and student ID number in your message.

Online

You can also obtain your current form (along with copies of previous years’ forms) by logging into the TRA-Vangent website.

If you have not previously established an account or have only accessed TRA-Vangent’s website with a 4 digit “PIN,” click on “First Time Students” and establish an account. You cannot use PINs from previous years to access the site.
 

Important information

A 1098-T cannot be issued without a valid Social Security Number (SSN) on your student account (SIS). Do the following to have your Social Security Number added to your student account:  

  1. Download and complete the Student Data Change form.
  2. Bring the completed form, along with a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or current passport, and your Social Security card to a campus Enrollment Services Office.
  3. Once your SSN has been added to your SIS account, email 1098T@tcc.edu from your student email account to request that a 1098-T form be issued. The email should include your name and student ID number, and state that your SSN has been updated in SIS.
     
How the 1098-T is used

The 1098-T Tuition Statement form is used to assist the taxpayer in determining eligibility for an educational tax credit and/or deduction. The form summarizes qualified tuition and related expenses for the current tax year.
 

Who receives a 1098-T

1098-T forms are issued to students who used a college savings plan to pay for tuition and fees The college is not required to issue a 1098-T when tuition-related expenses are paid entirely with grants, scholarships, or third-party contracts (e.g. your employer).
 

Need help?

Email the college 1098-T coordinator with your specific questions. Be sure to include your full name and student ID number in your message.

Tidewater Community College is unable to answer any tax-related questions or provide any tax advice on this issue. All information and assistance that TCC can provide is contained on this page, and it is not intended as legal or tax advice.

For tax specific questions, please contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 1-800- 829-1040 or your personal tax advisor.

1098-T FAQs

Can my parent(s), other persons who may claim me as a dependent, or my tax preparer receive my 1098-T form directly?

As required by FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974), TCC and its personnel cannot provide this information directly to parents, other persons who may claim the student as a dependent, or tax preparers. If you are claimed as a dependent on another person's tax return (such as a parent), please give your 1098-T form and Supplemental Information directly to that person.

More information on FERPA

I know I didn't pay this much in tuition. Why are the figures on my statement so high?

The 1098-T form reflects total tuition and fee payments, not just items paid by you individually. Therefore, the statement may include amounts paid by financial aid, tuition waivers, exemptions, etc.

I paid more in tuition. Why are the figures on my statement so low?

Only qualified tuition charges are reported. Qualified tuition charges are credit course charges, technology fees, capital fees, student activity fees, and class specific fees. Bookstore charges, fines, non-credit course charges, and miscellaneous fees do not qualify for 1098-T reporting.

I made payments on my student loans. Will you provide information on the amount of interest paid?

This information will be provided by your loan servicer on a 1098-E Form.

I took a continuing education course/workshop at TCC. Will I receive a 1098-T form?

Being enrolled in an eligible degree/certificate program or taking courses to acquire or improve your job skills may qualify under the Tax Revenue Act of 1997 for the Hope Scholarship or Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.

The IRS does not require  academic institutions to issue a 1098-T form for any amounts paid for non-credit Continuing Education Units (CEUs) meeting the above criteria.

You will need to rely on other records to substantiate your claim for an education credit and determine if the CEUs earned meet the requirements under the Tax Relief Act of 1997.

The name on my 1098-T form is incorrect or has changed. How can I get it corrected?

To correct or change your name, you need to complete a Change of Name form at any campus Enrollment Services Office. You must bring a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, with the correct/updated name.

Once this is done, email us from your student email account or call at 757-822-1980 so that we can verify the update. You will need to provide your name and student ID number. Once the information has been verified, TCC will update your 1098-T form accordingly. You will then be notified via email that your updated 1098-T form is available through the TRA-Vangent website.

The address on my 1098-T form is incorrect or has changed. How can I get it corrected?

Log into SIS to update your address. There are several address types in SIS, so be sure that you update the mailing address.

You may also complete a Change of Address form at any campus Enrollment Services office.

Once this is done, email us from your student email account or call at 757-822-1980 so that we can verify the update. You will need to provide your name and student ID number. Once the information has been verified, TCC will update your 1098-T form accordingly. You will then be notified via email that your updated 1098-T form is available through the TRA-Vangent website.

I do my own taxes and don't have a tax preparer. How do I know if I qualify for a tax credit?

The tax rules regarding eligibility for, calculation of, and limitations on the tuition and fee deduction and education credits can be complex. Whether you may take advantage of these tax credits depends upon your individual circumstances and may require the assistance of a tax professional.

TCC is unable to provide individual income tax advice. All information and assistance that TCC can provide is contained on this page. Please contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 1-800-829-1040 or your personal tax advisor for further information relating to your eligibility for and/or calculation of these tax credits.

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