What Is a 1098-T Form?

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.  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 tax opinion or advice.

While it is a good starting point, the 1098-T, as designed and regulated by the IRS, does not contain all of the information needed to claim a tax credit.  Please refer to the instructions of the 1098-T statement and obtain IRS publication 970 and Form 8863, which may be obtained on the IRS website, www.irs.gov.  You should seek the advice of a qualified tax professional regarding eligibility for education tax benefits.  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.

1098-T Form Electronic Delivery

Students have the option to receive an electronic 1098-T through the SCC Connection. If students would like to take advantage of this, they must give their consent through the 1098-T Electronic Consent option.

Steps to give consent to receive an electronic 1098-T:

  1. Log onto SCC Connection
  2. Click on the Students tab
  3. Choose 1098 Electronic Consent under the Financial Information heading
  4. Select the option giving SCC your consent to receive the 1098-T only in electronic format
  5. Submit

Once consent is given, it carries forward each year and does not need to be repeated.  Any student who chooses to receive their 1098-T online can change their mind and withdraw consent to online delivery.  If you have not consented to an electronic 1098-T, your 1098-T will be distributed to you via the U.S. Postal Service during the final week in January.

Benefits to receiving an electronic 1098-T:

  • Access from anywhere at any time on a secure website.
  • Eliminates the chance that the 1098-T will be lost, stolen or delayed during delivery or even after being received by the student.
  • Students may print multiple copies at their convenience.

NOTE:   Adobe Reader is required to print the electronic 1098-T. 

All SCC students are encouraged to take advantage of this quick, easy and eco-friendly option.

1098-T Questions

How can I get a copy of my 1098-T?

Every SCC student that is eligible to receive a 1098-T will have electronic access to his/her form through SCC Connection.  (On the main Student's Menu, choose View My 1098-T Forms under the Financial Information heading.)  If the student does not grant consent for electronic-only access, a paper copy will be mailed to them.

Why did I NOT receive a 1098-T?

There are several possibilities: 1) The IRS does not require us to send you one if your scholarship and aid (including formal billing arrangements with employers, government agencies, etc.) exceeded the invoiced amount.  2) You attended spring semester but you had enrolled and been invoiced in the prior calendar year. 3) We do not have a valid United States mailing address or Social Security Number on file for you. 4) Your invoiced amounts consisted of only non-credit courses.

What did I pay for tuition last year? Can I get copies of my receipts from last year?

Please refer to your canceled checks and credit card statements for this information.  If you need more detail, you can visit the Business Office (ADM 3121) or the Cashier's Office (ADM 1117) for a detailed statement of your student account.

Can my parents or tax preparer access my 1098-T online?

No, online access for 1098-T forms is only available to SCC students.  However, you can print a copy at your convenience.

Why is Box 1 of my 1098-T blank?

Box 1 (Payments received for qualified tuition and related expenses) is blank because SCC reports "Amounts billed" instead.  The IRS allows the option to report either "Payments received" in Box 1 OR "Amounts billed" in Box 2, but not both.  SCC has chosen to report "Amounts billed."

What do the amounts in the boxes represent?

  • Box 2 represents the "qualified tuition and expenses" billed to your account during the tax year.  According to the IRS, these only include tuition and related fees that are required for enrollment or attendance.  This will not include any expenses for books.
  • Box 4 represents any refunds of tuition and fees billed in a previous tax year that you may have received in the current tax year.
  • Box 5 represents any scholarships or grants applied to your account during the tax year.
  • Box 7 will be checked if you were billed prior to Dec. 31 for any qualified tuition for the spring semester.
  • Box 8 will be checked if you were considered at least a half-time student during the tax year.

What if I did not receive a 1098-T or I have lost mine, how do I get a copy?

You may access the information online as described above; or you may contact SCC at 636-922-8231 or 636-922-8361.

What if I believe there is an error on my 1098-T?

If you believe there is an error on your 1098-T, you can contact the Business Office (ADM 3121) at 636-922-8361.