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1098-T and Tuition Tax Credits

Your 2018 1098-T Will be available by February 1, 2019

The IRS Form 1098-T Tuition Statement reports the payments made for qualified education expenses during the calendar year. This form, in conjunction with personal financial records, is used to assist you and your parents in calculating any educational tax credits you may be eligible for.

To help determine the tax credit you may be eligible for, please review IRS Form 8863 - Education Credits, Instructions for Form 8863, and IRS Publication 970 - Tax Benefits for Higher Education.

For more information, please visit the IRS website.

IRS Form 1098-T Tuition Statement

As of the 2018 tax year, IRS Regulations require colleges and universities to report all payments received (up to the amount of qualified tuition and fees) in Box 1 of the 1098-T. 

  • (Box 1) Amounts paid for qualified tuition and related expenses (QTRE), includes Spring 2018, Summer 2018 and Fall 2018. 
    • Amounts reported as payments include personal payments, loans, and scholarships/grants received during the calendar year for qualified education expenses less any refunds issued due to over-payments on the account.  Total payments reported in Box 1 cannot exceed the amount of applicable qualified education expenses.
    • Qualified education expenses include tuition and fees required for enrollment.  Other charges, including housing and meal plans are not considered qualified education expenses for 1098-T purposes.
    • The amount reported in Box 1 is NOT reduced by scholarships and grants reported in box 5.
  • (Box 5) Scholarships and Grants received during the calendar year, includes Spring 2018, Summer 2018 and Fall 2018. 
Per IRS Regulations, universities are not required to provide a 1098-T in the following instances:
  • You enrolled for courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program
  • Students whose qualified tuition and fees are entirely waived or paid entirely with scholarships (Tuition Remission, Lillis and Matelich, VA/Yellow Ribbon)
  • If the student withdrew and earned no academic credit, they are not eligible to claim the education tax credit even if they paid tuition for that semester. 
  • Students who are not US Citizens, unless requested by the student

Puget Sound has partnered with our Bill + Payment provider, TouchNet, to provide you with your Form 1098-T.

To view your paperless 1098-T:

  • Login to myPugetsound
  • Select Bill + Payment
  • Click "View" on the latest 1098-T Statement link on the home page

  • Click on the 1098-T Tax Statement year and click on "View" button in the Action column. 

  • You will be directed to a third-party 1098-T processor page hosted by ECSI.  Click on the "View" button after selecting your tax year to view or print your 1098-T Statement. 


Agree to receive a paperless version of your 1098-T

      1. Login to myPugetSound
      2. Select Bill + Payment
      3. If you have not already accepted the online consent to receive a paperless version of the 1098-T do so now by going to the Consents and Agreements section of My Account
      4. Click the Change button
      5. In the popup which appears choose Accept Consent

Authorized Users:

** Your student must give you permission to view her/his 1098-T via the Authorized Users tab in Bill + Payment **

24 hours after your student has given permission for you to view the 1098-T you can access it following the instructions above "View Your Paperless 1098-T". 

If you have questions regarding the amounts shown on Form 1098-T, please contact us at 253.879.3214 or email  Questions pertaining to the actual preparation and filing of your personal taxes should be directed to your personal tax adviser or Internal Revenue Service. Puget Sound does not provide tax or legal advice.

If you would like to receive your Form 1098-T through US mail, you do not need to do anything. It will be sent to your permanent address.