Student Tuition Statements (1098-T)

In previous years, your 1098-T included a figure in Box 2 that represented the qualified tuition and related expenses (QTRE) we billed to your student account for the calendar (tax) year. Due to a change to institutional reporting requirements under federal law, beginning with tax year 2018, we will report in Box 1 the amount of QTRE you paid during the year.

Depending on your income (or your family’s income, if you are a dependent), whether you were considered full or half-time enrolled, and the amount of your qualified educational expenses for the year, you may be eligible for a federal education tax credit. (You can find detailed information about claiming education tax credits in IRS Publication 970, page 9.)

 The dollar amounts reported on your Form 1098-T may assist you in completing IRS Form 8863 – the form used for calculating the education tax credits that a taxpayer may claim as part of your tax return.

 Delgado is unable to provide you with individual tax advice, but should you have questions, you should seek the counsel of an informed tax preparer or adviser.

For more information about Form 1098-T, see the FAQs below or download this guide from the IRS.

1098-T Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The 1098T form 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, and taxpayer’s identification number (TIN), enrollment and academic status. Beginning with 2003, educational institutions must also report amounts to the IRS pertaining to qualified tuition and related expenses, as well as scholarships and/or grants, taxable or not.

A 1098T form must also be provided to each applicable student. This form is informational only. It serves to alert students that they may be eligible for federal income tax education credits. It should not be considered as tax opinion or advice. While it is a good starting point, the 1098T, as designed and regulated by the IRS, does not contain all of the information needed to claim a tax credit. There is no IRS requirement that you must claim the tuition and fees deduction or an education credit. Claiming education tax benefits is a voluntary decision for those who may qualify.

In January of each year, Delgado Community College mails an IRS Form 1098T to all students who had qualified tuition and other related educational expenses billed to them during the previous calendar year. This form is informational only and should not be considered as tax opinion or advice. It serves to alert students that they may be eligible for federal income tax education credits. Receipt of Form 1098T 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, a taxpayer should use their own financial records. *NOTE: It is up to each taxpayer to determine eligibility for the credits and how to calculate them.

Delgado Community College was not required to send you a form.

  • Delgado is only required to send 1098T forms to students whose qualified tuition and related expenses are greater than the students’ scholarships, grants and waivers (Please refer to IRS Instructions for Forms 1098E and 1098T page 2 under exceptions). As an example:
    • Student A has qualified tuition and fees payments of $7,550 (Box 1) and scholarship, waivers and grants of $11,250 (Box 5) for calendar year 2018. Student A will not be mailed a 1098T form from Delgado. However, this information can be viewed through your LoLA account.
    • Student B has qualified tuition and fees payments of $8,275 (Box 1) and scholarship, waivers and grants of $2,250 (Box 5) for calendar year 2018. Student B will receive a 1098T form from Delgado.

The address Delgado has on record is not your current address.

  • Your 1098T is available online through your LoLA account.  Please see Question 9 for information on receiving a duplicate 1098T.
  • Students will also be required to update their address through LoLA.

You do not have a valid social security number or are a non-resident alien.

  • If you do not have a valid social security number or are a non-resident alien, a 1098T may not have been issued. Please see Question 7 for information on updating your social security number.
  • Unless Delgado is provided a valid SSN or ITIN number and a 1098T is requested by the student, a 1098T will not be issued.

Box 1

Shows the total payments received by Delgado during the tax year from any source for qualified tuition and related expenses less any reimbursements or refunds made during the year that relate to those payments received.

Box 5

Shows the total of all scholarships or grants administered and processed by Delgado Community College. The amount of scholarships or grants for the calendar year (including those not reported by Delgado) may reduce the amount of the education credit you claim for the year.

Qualified tuition and related expenses for calculating tax credits/deductions

  • Tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution (any accredited public, nonprofit, or proprietary postsecondary institution – including Delgado)

Ineligible expenses for calculating tax credits/deductions

  • Book store charges
  • Application, Transcript, and Testing Fees
  • Late fees and/or fines
  • Loan Processing Fees
  • Other similar charges
 Financial aid, including scholarships and/or grants, is only reported when it is not expected to be paid back by the student. Similar to tuition and other applicable charges, financial aid is reported on your 1098T according to the calendar year that is was posted to your account, not necessarily the year it was applied or refunded.
 1098T forms are also accessible online through your LoLA account. To retrieve your copy in LoLA click on the Student tab.  Select Student Account and the Select Tax Year.  Once the tax year in entered, click Submit and Tax Notification.  From this screen you can view your Form 1098T and the supplemental information provided.
 To update your SSN, please contact Delgado Community College Registrar’s Office.
 Please contact the Accounts Receivable Department at Delgado Community College.
Delgado only reports the qualified students’ financial information to the IRS.  Your financial information was reported to the IRS if:
  1. You received a paper Form 1098T in the mail
  2. Your electronic copy states Hard Copy Mailed - Yes under the supplemental information.  To review your electronic copy, please see number 10 above.

Section 6050S of the Internal Revenue Code, as enacted by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, requires institutions to file information returns to assist taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service in determining eligibility for the Hope and Lifetime Learning education tax credits.  Forms are mailed at the end of January of each year for the previous tax year.

The college cannot advise students on the preparation of their tax return. Information for calculating a credit or deduction can be found in IRS Publication 970 "Tax Benefits for Education”. As a reminder, 1098T forms will NOT be mailed to students whose scholarships/grants totals (Box 5) is greater or equal to the total amount paid for eligible charges (Box 1).

Note: Please be advised that Delgado is prohibited from providing legal, tax, or accounting advice to students and we are not responsible for any use you make of this information.