IRS Form 1098-T

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General Information

Wright State University follows new IRS reporting requirements effective for Calendar Year 2018 by system generating IRS Form 1098-T annually for students with qualified tuition and related expenses (QTRE) paid in excess of scholarships and grants. Under prior year guidance, Wright State University reported Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses (QTRE) billed. Beginning with the 2018 reporting year, Box 2 of Form 1098-T is blank (reserved by the IRS for future use).

Per Internal Revenue Service Instructions for Form 8863, education credits are based on the amount of adjusted qualified education expenses paid in 2018 (e.g. check, cash, credit cards, loans) for academic periods beginning in 2018 or the first 3 months of 2019.

Please note any amount paid in 2017 or 2019 cannot be included as qualified education expenses when computing 2018 education credits. Due to a change to institutional reporting requirements under federal law, beginning with the tax year 2018, we will report in Box 1 of Form 1098-T the amount of Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses (QTRE) you paid during the year. 
Additional information regarding your student account activity can be found by logging onto WINGS and WINGS Express.

  • To view student account information, select "Student and Financial Aid", "Student Fees ", “Student Account Options” and click “Student Account Summary” which will take you to our e-commerce site. At the e-commerce site, select either "View Activity" or “View Statements” to review charges and payments on your account.
  • Students can view 1098-T statements online by clicking "IRS 1098-T Tax Notification" under the "Student Fees" link, then enter tax year and click "Submit".

Wright State University cannot offer tax advice; therefore, we encourage students to consult with a tax advisor to determine eligibility for any educational tax benefit. Additional information regarding Education Tax Benefits can be found at http://www.irs.gov/ by searching for education tax benefits. 


Official 2018 IRS Form 1098-T Instructions for Students

An eligible educational institution, such as a college or university in which you are enrolled, and an insurer who makes reimbursements or refunds of qualified tuition and related expenses to you must furnish this statement to you. You, or the person who can claim you as a dependent, may be able to claim an education credit on Form 1040 or 1040A only for the qualified tuition and related expenses that were actually paid in 2018. To see if you qualify for the credit, see Pub. 970, Tax Benefits for Education; Form 8863, Education Credits; and the Form 1040 or 1040A instructions.

Your institution must include its name, address, and information contact telephone number on this statement. It may also include contact information for a service provider. Although the filer or the service provider may be able to answer certain questions about the statement, do not contact the filer or the service provider for explanations of the requirements for (and how to figure) any education credit that you may claim. 

  • Student's identification number - For your protection, this form may show only the last four digits of your social security number (SSN), individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), or adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN). However, the issuer has reported your complete identification number to the IRS and, where applicable, to state and/or local governments.
  • Account number May show an account or other unique numbers the filer assigned to distinguish your account.
  • Box 1 Shows the total payments received by an eligible educational institution in 2018 from any source for qualified tuition and related expenses less any reimbursements or refunds made during 2018 that relate to those payments received during 2018. [WSU NOTE: Beginning in 2018, Wright State University reports amounts paid in Box 1; therefore, Box 2 is blank on our Form 1098-T. See below.]
  • Box 2 [WSU NOTE: Beginning in 2018, Wright State University reports amounts paid in Box 1; therefore, Box 2 is reserved by the IRS for a future use.] 
  • Box 3 Shows whether your educational institution changed its method of reporting for 2018. It has changed its method of reporting if the method (payments received) used for 2018 is different than the reporting method (amounts billed) for 2017. You should be aware of this change in figuring your education credits. The credits are allowable only for amounts actually paid during the year and not amounts reported as billed, but not paid, during the year.
  • Box 4 Shows any adjustment made by an eligible educational institution for a prior year for qualified tuition and related expenses that were reported on a prior year Form 1098-T. This amount may reduce any allowable education credit that you claimed for the prior year (may result in an increase in tax liability for the year of the refund). See "recapture" in the index to Pub. 970 to report a reduction in your education credit or tuition and fees deduction.
  • Box 5 Shows the total of all scholarships or grants administered and processed by the eligible educational institution. The amount of scholarships or grants for the calendar year (including those not reported by the institution) may reduce the amount of the education credit you claim for the year.
  • Box 6 Shows adjustments to scholarships or grants for a prior year. This amount may affect the amount of any allowable tuition and fees deduction or education credit that you claimed for the prior year. You may have to file an amended income tax return (Form 1040X) for the prior year.
  • Box 7 Shows whether the amount in box 1 includes amounts for an academic period beginning January – March 2019. See Pub. 970 for how to report these amounts.
  • Box 8 Shows whether you are considered to be carrying at least one-half the normal full-time workload for your course of study at the reporting institution. 
  • Box 9 Shows whether you are considered to be enrolled in a program leading to a graduate degree, graduate-level certificate, or other recognized graduate-level educational credential. 
  • Box 10 Shows the total amount of reimbursements or refunds of qualified tuition and related expenses made by an insurer. The amount of reimbursements or refunds for the calendar year may reduce the amount of any education credit you can claim for the year (may result in an increase in tax liability for the year of the refund).
  • Future developments: For the latest information about developments related to FORM 1098-T and its instructions, go to https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1098et.pd

Change in Reporting Methodology for 2018

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 the tax year 2018, we will report in Box 1 the amount of QTRE you paid during the year. 

Note: A Form 1098-T will be system generated only for those individuals who paid qualified tuition and related expenses in excess of scholarships during the calendar 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. 

Wright State University 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.

Below is a blank sample of the 2018 Form 1098-T, that you may receive in January 2019, for your general reference. For more information about Form 1098-T, visit https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1098t.pdf.