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Taxes & Tax Credit

When filing for taxes, you (or the person who claims you as a dependent) may be eligible to include educational expenses as a write off. You may even receive credits toward your return that are specific to education.  

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Form 1098-T: Details of Your Education Expenses

The 1098-T Form shows your eligible payments made toward qualified educational expenses, and scholarships and grants received, from a particular calendar year. This will help you determine if you are eligible for the "Lifetime Learning Credit" or the "Hope Credit" when filing your taxes. The form will automatically be sent to you, according to the mailing preference you selected in FCI no later than January 31

IRS Publication 970 on "Tax Benefits for Higher Education" provides additional information on education credits. Taxpayers file for these credits using IRS Form 8863.

Liberty does not issue a 1098-T form if:

  • the amount of your scholarships and grants equals or exceeds payments made toward qualified educational expenses 
  • you are a nonresident alien
  • you are enrolled in not-for-credit courses
  • you didn’t provide us with your Social Security Number (SSN)

See IRS Forms and Publications for more details. If you didn't receive your 1098-T form, it may have been sent to an old or incorrectly provided address.

Qualified & Unqualified Expenses

Qualified charges include:

  • Tuition
  • Mandatory fees

Unqualified charges include:

  • Expenses for any course or other education involving sports, games, or hobbies
    • Unless the course or other education is part of the student's degree program. 
  • Charges and fees associated with room, board, student activities, athletics, insurance, books, equipment, transportation, and similar personal, living, or family expenses

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the IRS form 1098-T? The 1098-T 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, taxpayer's identification number (TIN), enrollment status, amounts pertaining to payments made toward qualified tuition and related expenses, and scholarships and/or grants, taxable or not. A 1098-T form must also be provided to each applicable student.
  • When will I receive my form 1098-T? In January of each year, Liberty University provides secure electronic access to your 1098-T.  This IRS Form 1098-T is for all students who had payments made toward qualified tuition and other related educational expenses billed to them during the applicable Tax calendar year. All 1098T’s are available through ASIST. Go To ASIST> STUDENT>STUDENT ACCOUNT>TAX NOTIFICATION. You may have also received your Form 1098-T via mail or electronically via your Liberty University email address.
  • Why don't the numbers on the form 1098-T equal the amounts I paid to Liberty University during the year? Form 1098-T reports amounts of payments made toward qualified educational expenses that were billed in the applicable calendar year. Total payments reported will never exceed the amount of billed educational expenses (beginning in the 2018 calendar year).
  • My social security number (SSN) is incorrect on my form 1098-T. Can a new form be sent to me? If your SSN is incorrect, you will need to complete Form W-9S and deliver it in person to:

    Office of the Registrar
    Marie F. Green Hall, Room 1569
    Liberty University
    1971 University Boulevard
    Lynchburg, VA 24515

    Or via fax to the Office of the Registrar at (434) 582-2187 to request that an updated Form 1098-T be issued but please do not mail or email Form W-9S to the IRS. The updated form will be posted to your Student Account.

  • I misplaced my copy of the form 1098-T. How can I receive a reprint of my form 1098-T? You can request access to the copy of your Form 1098-T at any time.  If you have having trouble accessing your Form 1098-T, you can always email Student Account at studentaccounts1098@liberty.edu.   


Details of 1098-T Form

To view a detailed listing of the transactions that make up the amounts on the 1098-T form, log into ASIST and navigate to Student > Student Account > Tax Notification.

  • Box 1 of Form 1098-T - Payment Amounts Received
    • 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.
  • Box 2 of Form 1098-T - Amounts Billed for Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses
    • ?Reserved 
  • Box 3 of Form 1098-T - Educational Institutional Changed Reporting Method
    • Shows whether your educational institution changed its reporting method 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. 
  • Box 4 of Form 1098-T – Adjustments Made for a Prior Year
    • 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). 
  • Box 5 of Form 1098-T – Scholarships or Grants
    • Shows the total of all scholarships and/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 of Form 1098-T – Adjustments to Scholarships or Grants for a Prior Year
    • 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 of Form 1098-T, if checked
    • Shows whether the amount in Box 1 includes amounts for an academic period beginning January - March 2019.
  • Box 8 of Form 1098-T
    • 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 of Form 1098-T
    • 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.

IRS Filing

The primary purpose of the 1098-T form is to let you know what your educational expenses were for the year. Liberty University is required to provide this information to the IRS to assist them in determining if you are eligible to claim the tuition and fee deduction or an education credit.

You, or the person who may claim you as a dependent, may be able to take either the tuition and fees deduction or claim an educational credit on Form 1040 or 1040A for the qualified tuition and related expenses that were actually paid during the calendar year.


Have questions about taxes?  Please contact a tax professional for assistance.

For questions regarding Form 1098-T, please e-mail studentaccounts1098@liberty.edu.

 

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